Dr. Cathy MacLean received her MD from Dalhousie University in 1985 and followed with her family medicine residency there before establishing a family practice “from scratch” at the Moncton Medical Clinic in 1987. She was soon teaching residents and medical students in her comprehensive practice that included obstetrics, in-patient hospital work, palliative care and emergency. She moved to academic family medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 1992 where she became Undergraduate Family Medicine Director. In 1997, she took the same role at Dalhousie. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. MacLean was Professor and head of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary and was chair at Memorial following this for 2013 to 2015. She took on the Lead for Accreditation at MUN for FM until August 2016. In October 2016 she joined the Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.
In January, 2017 Dr. Cathy MacLean became the Director of Faculty Development for the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan as well as continuing her practice involvement at West Winds in the Academic Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. MacLean has completed a Masters in Clinical Science in Family Medicine at Western University and later received a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. She has been active in teaching and research throughout her career. The highlight of her research has been working with Dr. Pat McGrath on the Strongest Families program which has won national recognition for health services innovation.
On the national front, Dr. MacLean has been involved with the College of Family Physicians of Canada for many years, serving on various committees and the national executive. She served two years as President of the Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians and was national President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2009/2010. She served as chair of the national Patient Education Committee until 2018 and was a member of the Patients’ Medical Home Steering Committee until 2019.
In her leadership roles, she has successfully implemented initiatives for an alternate funding plan, expansions in both UG and PG family medicine programs, implementation of Triple C curriculum and new distributed models to enhance recruitment and retention of family physicians, improved matches to family medicine as a career choice, introduced inter-professional team based care in microsystems and has started a Patients Advisory Committee within the Patients Medical Home model. Her primary interests are in systems transformation using the “quadruple aim” targets and meeting societal needs in a more coordinated and accountable primary care system. She continues to be interested in research and scholarship in medical education focusing on physician behaviour change.