Chow is Fam­ily Doc­tor of the Year

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - JOCELYN ADAMS

Dr. Car­lyle Chow (MD’68) has been a part of the com­mu­nity of Baddeck, Nova Sco­tia, for 48 years, pro­vid­ing ex­cep­tional med­i­cal care as a fam­ily physi­cian.

The Dal­housie Med­i­cal Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion (DMAA) is happy to rec­og­nize the in­no­va­tion, pas­sion for the pro­fes­sion, and years of ser­vice of Chow as this year’s re­cip­i­ent of the Fam­ily Physi­cian of the Year Award.

Orig­i­nally from Trinidad, Chow and his fam­ily moved to Canada where he en­tered Dal­housie’s Med­i­cal School in the 1960s.

“My ed­u­ca­tion at Dal­housie Univer­sity was very re­ward­ing,” said Chow. “At the time, we did a ro­tat­ing in­tern­ship at dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals and I was first in­tro­duced to Cape Bre­ton af­ter do­ing ob­stet­rics in Syd­ney.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from med­i­cal school in 1968, Dr. Monty Macmil­lian first in­tro­duced to the idea of prac­tic­ing medicine in Baddeck. “

We came to Baddeck at a good time,” said Chow.

Dur­ing his first years of prac­tice he started from scratch. “At the time MSI was non-ex­is­tent and pa­tients paid with what they could af­ford. In­comes were smaller and peo­ple didn’t visit doc­tors as of­ten,” ex­plains Dr. Chow.

In ad­di­tion to serv­ing the peo­ple of Baddeck, he con­tin­ues to help the First Na­tion com­mu­ni­ties of Way­cobah and Wag­mat­cook. For many years he’s pro­vided health care screen­ing, ill­ness pre­ven­tion, di­a­betes care, and other ser­vices with the sup­port of Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs and North­ern De­vel­op­ment Canada.

Un­em­ploy­ment and hous­ing con­tinue to present chal­lenges within the com­mu­ni­ties. “When I first ar­rived, large fam­i­lies were liv­ing in two bed­rooms. To­day, they have ad­e­quate hous­ing,” said Chow.

In 1995, Chow helped to fundraise enough money to build a new hos­pi­tal. “My goal was to get more care to the com­mu­nity of Baddeck by pulling re­sources to­gether into one sec­tor,” said Chow.

Chow en­cour­ages med­i­cal stu­dents to con­sider prac­tic­ing in a ru­ral com­mu­nity.

“Peo­ple look to you for ad­vice. You get to see fam­i­lies grow up and you re­ally get to know the town. It’s the only place for peo­ple to go. It’s good for physi­cians and for pa­tients,” he says.

For many years, he and his wife Vera have housed stu­dents and res­i­dents dur­ing train­ing. Many of the stu­dents re­turned to Cape Bre­ton and are now spe­cial­ists in a va­ri­ety of ar­eas.

Dr. Chow’s med­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions have im­pacted many Nova Sco­tians.

In 2009, Doc­tors Nova Sco­tia pre­sented him with the Se­nior Mem­ber­ship Award which is be­stowed to a physi­cian who in ad­di­tion to prac­tic­ing for many years, is also widely re­spected and held in high re­gard by his or her fel­low physi­cians through­out the med­i­cal com­mu­nity and the province.

In 2010, the Cape Bre­ton District Au­thor­ity rec­og­nized his lead­er­ship and tire­less work and pre­sented him with the Dr. M.A. Naqvi Out­stand­ing Health Care Pro­fes­sional of the Year Award.

Jocelyn Adams is the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions & Events Co­or­di­na­tor for the Dal­housie Med­i­cal Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion

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