Academic Fellowship

The Academic Fellowship is a rigorous continuing education program intended to strengthen the practice of family medicine and primary care by developing the leadership, teaching and research skills of practitioners.

Participants in the program hail from many different parts of the world, contributing to a unique and stimulating venue for learning and collaboration. The longitudinal nature of the program allows participants to develop rich professional networks with their colleagues. Graduates of our programs have often gone on to hold high-level hospital and university appointments at their home institutions which reflect the sustainability of the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the family medicine academic fellowship programs.

Program Objectives

In order to prepare prospective faculty, entry level faculty as well as experienced health professionals to become more effective and scholarly leaders of family medicine and primary care, learners completing the Academic Fellowship will be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Identify and analyze social, political and scientific forces that influence the health care system and the delivery of primary health care
  • Evaluate how individual and family dynamics affect the health of a population
  • Apply the principles of adult education when teaching in a classroom or a clinical setting
  • Design effective and innovative inter-professional educational programs in a scholarly manner
  • Use research methods and basic statistical techniques as they apply to the primary care setting
  • Apply the principles of leadership and management as they relate to the health care setting

These objectives are targeted in the program’s core courses, seminars and selective courses. A notable strength of the program is that the practicum requirements allow for experiential learning and reinforce the theoretical principles learned in many of the courses.

Target Audience

Primary care practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice and prepare for academic and scholarly leadership in primary care

Applicants must be licensed and in active practice in their country of primary residence

Program Length 

This program can be completed in one year full-time


Successful completion of the program leads to a Departmental Certificate of Completion issued by the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

Fellows are evaluated on each component on a pass / fail basis. There is no terminal examination or thesis. All components must be passed.


A number of Frequently Asked Questions have been developed in collaboration with past Academic Fellows. Click for questions in EnglishArabic and Thai.

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Program Requirements

The academic content of the Academic Fellowship consists of core courses and seminars, experiential practicum learning and additional selective courses and scholarly activities.

Successful completion of the Academic Fellowship necessitates completion of the requirements outlined below to the satisfaction of the Program Director.

Regular Meetings with the Program Director

Full-time Fellows will be expected to meet with the Program Director within 1-2 months of beginning their program and approximately every 3 months thereafter to review their progress and objectives. Part-time Fellows are expected to meet with the Program Director every 6-12 months.

Required Courses

  • FD03: Social, Political and Scientific Issues in Family Medicine
  • FD05: Research Issues in Family Medicine / Primary Care
  • FD22: Patient Related Health Care and Public Policy in Canada
  • INTAPT: Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions (FD07 + FD08)

Required Practica

  • FD90: Education/Teaching Practicum 
  • FD91: Research/Creative Professional Activity 

Selective Courses

  • Two (2) elective courses from the AFGS course menu
  • Other courses (optional)


Dr. Apichai Wattanapisit is the Associate Professor of Family Medicine Affiliations at the School of Medicine, Walailak University, Thailand and Family Medicine Clinic, Walailak University Hospital, Thailand. He completed the Academic Fellowship program from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022.

Why did you choose the Academic Fellowship program?

I was drawn to the program's comprehensive focus on education, teaching, and research, all of which are critical for my work in academic family medicine.

What are the best parts of the program?

Learning from experienced academics and interacting with peers from diverse backgrounds was an invaluable experience that I greatly enriched my learning journey.

Who would you recommend this program to?

I highly recommend this program to both early-career and mid-career family medicine faculty who are eager to enhance their knowledge and skills.

How are you using the program post-graduation in your career?

The Academic Fellowship program has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to better serve students and colleagues on local, national, and international levels.