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Source: McGill University

The right to a good doctor

October 25, 2006

British health care reformer Sir Donald Irvine delivers 30th Osler Lecture

McGill University is pleased to welcome Sir Donald Irvine, former president of the British General Medical Council (GMC), as the 30th annual Osler lecturer. A respected general practitioner, Sir Donald was knighted in 1994 for his contributions to public life. He will present the lecture "Everyone is Entitled to a Good Doctor" on November 1.

Modernizing professional regulation, bringing the public in as full partners and promoting modern ideas about professionalism in medicine have been the focus of Sir Donald Irvine's life work as a champion of a strongly patient-oriented approach to medicine and health care. His Osler Lecture, which comes at a time when Canada's own health care system is undergoing transformation, promises to be as provocative and original as his reputation as a maverick in his native Britain would attest.

What: Osler Public Lecture
When: Wednesday, November 1, 2006, at 6 p.m.
Where: Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre
McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 5th floor
3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler (Drummond St.)

About Sir Donald Irvine
Sir Donald Irvine was the first family doctor to be elected president of the GMC in its 150 years of existence, and took up office just as the medical profession in the UK and the GMC entered the most turbulent period in its history. Today, although semi-retired, he is chairman of Picker Institute Europe, an Oxford-based charitable organization committed to the promotion of patient-centred health care. He is an honorary professor in health sciences at the University of Durham, chairman of the advisory board to the medical faculty at the University of Warwick's new medical school, and a member of the advisory board of the National Consumer Council.

Cynthia Lee
Communications Officer
McGill University Relations Office



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