Enhanced Skills Program: Global Health and Vulnerable Populations

Global Health and Vulnerable Populations  

Overall Program Vision

The Global Health and Vulnerable Populations Program at the University of Toronto is a 52-week Residency Program designed to provide family physicians with the knowledge and the skills to address global health issues both locally and abroad. 
The objectives of the program are to enhance the skills and knowledge of Canadian family physicians in the areas relevant to global health to enable them to work more effectively in resource-poor settings in Canada and abroad and to foster the development of collaborative relationships to support primary health care in resource-poor settings locally, nationally and internationally. 

Program and Application Eligibility

Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen. Applicant must be currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency at the time of application. 

For funding eligibility, please see the main Enhanced Skills Program Admissions page.

Length of Program

One Year (52 Weeks) - Full Time

Curriculum Competencies

The Global Health and Vulnerable Populations Residency Program adheres to CanMEDS-FM goals and objectives to achieve the following competencies:
  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Scholar
  • Health Advocate
  • Professional

For complete details, please read the goals and objectives.

Sample Rotation

The first 6 months of this program consists of selectives, which are determined by the resident based on their individual goals and objectives. Common selectives include: 

Residents can choose to have a half-day back in family medicine at the clinic of their choosing in order to maintain/enhance their general practice skills. Residents also devote part of their time towards acquiring competency in Portuguese to enhance their 3-6 months practicum experience in Brazil.           

While in Brazil, residents will undertake a variety of activities including teaching, mentorship, and exposure to clinical work. They may also partake in activities related to public health/health systems and scholarly work depending on their interests. (Rio de Janeiro - Goals and Objectives; Sao Paulo - Goals and Objectives)

Residents also have the option of doing a TAAAC (Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration) FM rotation in Ethiopia. During this rotation, residents will develop familiarity with standards of care and expectations of family medicine as it pertains to the setting of Addis Ababa Ethiopia. They will work closely with Ethiopian colleagues at the family health centers and liaise with peers and faculty at Addis Ababa University (AAU). (TAAAC FM - Goals and Objectives)

Residents are encouraged to devote time towards a scholarly activity while engaged in the program (Scholar Rotation Goals and Objectives). 

Unique Program Requirements

Attendance at the Family Medicine Forum
Attendance at the Besrour Global Health Conference if accepted
2 Mentorship nights
2 Journal clubs
Attendance at the Global Health Summer Primer in Toronto, as offered.
Presentation of scholarly work at one conference/seminar

Program Director

Dr. Leila Makhani, MD, CFPC leila.makhani@utoronto.ca  

List of Faculty Program Committee:
Dr. Katherine Rouleau
Dr. Praseedha Janakiram
Dr. Eileen Nicolle

To Apply

Applications for 2021-2022 are now closed. Applications for the 2022-2023 will be accepted starting August 23, 2021