Family medicine stories

The College of Family Physicians of Canada History and Narrative Committee invites you to submit family medicine stories to be considered for the 2008 Mimi Divinsky Awards for History and Narrative in Family Medicine, which recognize the best narrative accounts of experiences in family medicine.

Part of a unique project that seeks to record our members’ stories for fu­ture practitioners, the awards will be presented at the 2008 Family Medicine Forum (FMF) being held in Toronto in November. Each award includes travel costs and free registration for attendance at all FMF proceedings. 

Winning stories, as well as a selection of others, will be published in the special story issue of Canadian Family Physician. Stories will also be included in the College’s History and Narrative database, an exciting new initiative that will provide a historical resource for future practitioners.

Click here for ad­ditional information, then scroll down to link to the Mimi Divinsky Awards for History and Narrative in Family Medicine. For more information, contact Kiki Ziten, Honours and Awards Program manager, at 1 800 387-6197, ext. 432, or e-mail

—Ruth Elwood Martin, MD

Dr Divinsky’s obituary appears on page 266 of the June issue of the BCMJ.

Ruth Elwood Martin, MD, FCFP, MPH. Family medicine stories. BCMJ, Vol. 50, No. 5, June, 2008, Page(s) 270 - News.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

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  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
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  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.

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