Canadian Medical Association

Burlington, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1955; family medicine; professor emeritus, McMaster University. Died Feb. 19, 2021, aged 89. Survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “John was a devoted family physician in Hamilton, and he eventually developed a focus on the improvement of medical education at all levels. Over the course of his esteemed career he held many leadership positions in the medical community. He provided guidance to many learners over the years.” Colleague Jacqueline Wakefield commented: “Dr. Premi launched an innovative continuing education approach for Canadian family doctors, the Practice-Based Small Group Learning Program, which received the Continuing Professional Development Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in 2012. It now serves over 6000 members across the country. He served as director of the Charlton Family Practice Unit in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, and was the chair and assistant dean for continuing education in the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences during the 1980s. Dr. Premi was also a fellow and lifetime member of the CFPC. ”

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