Research Medical Consultant, Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Queens University; Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care Research Coordinator, PEI Site, Dalhousie University

Prior to medicine, Dr. Thompson served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve infantry and was a Research Biologist in Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. After finishing medical training in 1986, Jim practiced Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine in urban and rural Alberta, where he was inaugural Director of the Alberta Family Practice Research Network. He practiced urban Emergency Medicine in Prince Edward Island. He served as Chief of a multi-hospital rural Department of Family Medicine in the David Thompson Health Region in Alberta, and Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. Jim served as the Research Medical Advisor at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) from 2005 to 2019, where he led conceptualization of the 7-domain Veterans’ well-being framework. He is Research Medical Consultant to the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research based at Queens University and the Royal Military College of Canada. He supervises graduate students in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queens University. In his role with Family Medicine at Dalhousie University, he teaches research and evidence evaluation to Family Medicine residents. He is primary care research coordinator for Health PEI on Prince Edward Island. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Military and Veteran Heath Research. Jim has over 100 scientific publications. He collaborates internationally in research on the multidimensional well-being of military Veterans and their families, and has an interest in weighing expert opinion and scientific evidence to support policy and services.

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