Dr Jane Lemaire is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair, Physician Wellness and Vitality, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary. She also practices within Alberta Health Services as an academic physician and consultant in General Internal Medicine.
Dr Lemaire’s career focus includes medical education at the local, national, and international levels. She has served as member and chair of the Internal Medicine Specialty Committee, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr Lemaire is currently Vice-Director of a University of Calgary-Lao PDR partnership spanning over a decade directed at enhancing medical education in this developing country. This global health project’s focus includes a revision of the Lao PDR University of Health Sciences undergraduate medical education curriculum and the development, implementation, and ongoing support of a Family Medicine Specialist training program.
Dr Lemaire’s research incorporates elements of medical education, healthcare services delivery, and healthcare provider wellness with an emphasis on physicians. Dr Lemaire is Wellness Lead, W21C Research and Innovation Centre at the University of Calgary. In collaboration with sociologist Dr Jean Wallace, Dr Lemaire and the Wellness research team study healthcare provider well-being with a view to improve productivity, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability for the work force. This program of research aims to identify the determinants of healthcare provider wellness, explore the links between this workforce’s wellness and effective healthcare systems, and educate all stakeholders of the importance of wellness. The knowledge gained through these enquiries is translated into programs to support and sustain the healthcare provider work force, ultimately enabling a more effective healthcare system. The Wellness research team has also explored the impact of innovation in the delivery of medical care upon the healthcare providers. The team has studied how innovations such as the introduction of the Sunrise Clinical Manager patient care information system, and the Vocera hands-free communication system affect healthcare providers.
Most recently, the Wellness research team is exploring the important role of the attending physician as clinician and medical educator. This research will provide a better understanding of the attending physician’s dynamic work environment and the conducts that physicians use to negotiate the contextual tensions that arise from working within complex adaptive systems. This knowledge will facilitate the education, orientation, mentorship and evaluation of attending physicians in their important role of training the next generation of doctors.