I am pleased to share the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine 2017-2018 Annual Report with you.
The past year has seen much success. Whether it’s new grants to support research in Canadian primary care and family medicine, advocating on behalf of marginalized and vulnerable people, or training future leaders in family medicine, our faculty members are expanding the role family medicine is playing in transforming the health care system every day.
This year’s report highlights great work done over the past year, including:
- Updates from all of our 14 academic teaching sites and our faculty leadership.
- The launch of a new BETTER Practitioner Training Institute that will improve prevention and screening of cancer and chronic diseases in Canada.
- Our application to become the first postgraduate family medicine residency program in North America to receive global accreditation through the World Organization of Family Doctors.
- Interviews with up-and-coming family physician leaders.
- Information on projects and research that address many key health concerns, including the management of complex chronic health conditions, landmark research on the link between influenza and heart attacks, advocacy to effectively address urgent social needs, the creation of a new ethics curriculum for family medicine, and much more.
We are growing in all areas: we have more trainees, more programs and more faculty who are receiving more funding for research and other projects than ever before.
A year ago I outlined our shared vision for this Department – we continue to build on the great work of our faculty, as well as develop innovations to increase the impact of our important work for our patients, our communities and our nation.
I’m proud of all of the great work outlined in this report, and I thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication. I hope you will take the time to see what our incredible faculty, staff, residents, students and partners are achieving by working together.
I wish you all the best in the year ahead as we continue to contribute to the transformation of health care delivery and health outcomes for the people in the communities we serve. I look forward to highlighting all the great work to come next year.
Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine