Remembering Dr. Tom Bailey

It is with sadness that we announce that Dr Tom Bailey died unexpectedly October 6th 2019.

For 40 years, Dr Tom Bailey (Tom to almost everyone) ran a community family Practice office providing comprehensive care in British Columbia. Most recently he practised at the Westwind Medical Clinic in Victoria and active privileges at Victoria General Hospital.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1976, Dr Bailey completed his family medicine residency training at Dalhousie University. In 1978, he received his Certification in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and he became a Fellow in 1996.

Since 2002, Dr Bailey was the Medical Director for Residential Services with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. He served as a community preceptor for residents and medical students at UBC since 1994.

Dr Bailey was a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC and an associate professor in the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria. Dr Bailey served in many leadership roles at the national and provincial Chapter levels of the College. From 2000 to 2001, Dr Bailey was President of the British Columbia College of Family Physicians. He went on to serve as CFPC President from 2006 to 2007 as well as the Chair of the Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine from 2006 to 2014. He was a member of the Self Learning Committee, the Governance Advisory Committee, and the Family Medicine Forum Planning Committee. Dr Bailey also participated on the Canadian Family Physician (CFP) Editorial Advisory Board. He was been an examiner for the certification exams and was a peer reviewer for CFP.

Dr Bailey was a humble, down-to-earth Family Physician leader whose influence was felt far and wide in the College and among Family Physicians in Canada.  Many may not know of his important work as he did this work to support physicians, the discipline and patients and never sought attention or credit for all this transformative work he accomplished.   Our thoughts are with Nancy and his family during this difficult time.

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