The Family Physicians at CRMC
NOC-2021 Code 31102
Tomasz Karczewski, MD
MD, MMedSci, MRCGP, CCFP, LMCC
Dr. Karczewski specializes in Family Medicine, Men’s Health, as well as Sexual Health, Mental Health, and Chronic Disease Management.
Dr. Karczewski believes that medicine allows him to take a broader look at a person’s overall health and wellness: “As a family physician, you get a lot of possibilities to help patients in a holistic way and not only treat acute complaints but also prevent chronic illnesses”.
Tomasz went to medical school in his native Poland before he moved to the United Kingdom where he completed his specialist training and worked there for 12 years before moving to Canada. He is licensed in both Canada and Poland as a Family Physician.
For him, being a family physician allows him to work with his patients through the various stages of their lives: “Over the years you can see the whole family, it’s really nice to see that you can make a difference especially if you listen to your patients”.
This Family Physician offers consultations also in:
FAQs ABOUT THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN
What is a Family Physician?
Family Physicians are Medical Doctors who have completed advanced academic and specialist education at Master or Doctoral level in Family Medicine Practice, and are able to act as your primary healthcare provider. Family Physicians (FPs) generally trained for a minimum of eight years to become one.
What can a Family Physician do?
FPs can diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications, perform medical procedures, and will be able to assist you with the majority of your conditions of various specialties including paediatrics, gynaecology, dermatology, psychiatry, respirology, cardiology, urology, endocrinology, sexual health, and many others.
Who can register with the Family Physician?
Anyone wishing to do so, may register with the FP. However, we recommend this service in particular for those patients who are insured with Alberta Health or have a provincial insurance card from federal Canada (RAMQ cards from Quebec are not accepted in Alberta for primary health care provision).
I was asked if I accepted to consult a family medicine resident, do I have to pay for this service?
No. If you are asked if you would like to be consulted by a student, you will receive a free service like when you see your family physician. Residents work under the supervision of a Family Physician. If you are consulted by a resident, your consultation will be reviewed by a Family Physician who is already fully licensed and your standards of care will not suffer. Instead, you will help students gain the clinical experience and knowledge needed in order for them to practice safely and adequately once they complete their studies. Nonetheless, you have the right to refuse to be consulted by a student Nurse Practitioner or Family Medicine resident doctor without any prejudice for your care.
I do not wish to register with a Family Physician but I need to be seen on a walk-in basis; do your FPs offer walk-in consultations?
No. At present, we are unable to offer walk-in appointments. Only patients who are registered with one of our physicians may access the urgent appointment with the Registered Nurse if their needs fall under the red or yellow code of our traffic light system. To learn more about this service, please call our receptionist at 587-620-3930 or read our information leaflet.
Melanie L. Thompson, MD
BSc, MD, CCFP
After graduating from the University of Calgary medical school, Dr. Thompson completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.
Since then, Melanie has had over ten years of experience working as a family physician in Alberta with a focus on chronic disease management and preventative medicine.
Characterized by patience, warm attitude, and strong dedication towards her patients, she is excited to have joined the team at Cranston Ridge Medical Clinic.
Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:
Holding valid and current licence with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)
Membership of the College of Family Physicians Canada and board Certification of the College of Family Physicians (CCFP).