Virtual Toronto International Program to Strengthen Family Medicine and Primary Care (V-TIPS)

Apr 7 – Jun 23, 2021

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Registration is now open!

Program Description

This virtual edition of TIP-FM (Toronto International Program to Strengthen Family Medicine and Primary Care) or V-TIPS is informed by nearly a decade of engagement with international family medicine leaders and champions through our yearly in-person TIPs-FM program. The program provides an overview of how to leverage excellence in education, research, clinical services and leadership to deliver high quality family medicine globally, by sharing experience and building on lessons learned at the DFCM, in Canada and around the world.

The program is taught by faculty leaders from the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) and international guest faculty.

V-TIPS is delivered over 12 weeks through asynchronous and synchronous methods. The program includes a weekly 90-minute session delivered live on Wednesdays at 7am EST and recorded for future reference. An orientation and introduction session will be held on March 31st at 7:00 am EST to ensure all participants are ready to engage in this learning experience by April 7th.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 42 Mainpro+ credits.

Program Goal

This program will enable participants to strengthen family medicine (FM) and comprehensive primary care (CPC) through state-of-the-art education, evidence-informed high-quality care and transformative leadership.


V-TIPS is a program for current and emerging leaders in the area of health services delivery, policy, and academia interested in strengthening family medicine and comprehensive primary care as a core element of health systems.


By the end of this program, participants will be able to

  1. Critically outline the unique role, common barriers and key enablers of high-quality FM and PC in health systems globally.
  2. Apply system, organization and individual-level strategies to strengthen education and care to respond to local needs.
  3. Demonstrate leadership of self and others to enable improvement.

Course Framework

  1. Knowing where we stand: Family medicine at the heart of health systems
  2. Training the people we need: Education & Training to produce a highly competent family medicine workforce
  3. Delivering care that makes a difference: People-centered care through evidence-informed high-quality services
  4. Catalyzing the progress required: Family medicine leadership to enable transformation and wellness

Program Schedule

Week Date Theme Live Session Date
0 March 31 Orientation & Introductions March 31
1 April 1-7

Family Medicine in Canada and around the World

April 7
2 April 8-14

Global FM: Diverse Models around a Common Core

April 14
3 April 15-21 Canadian FM and Generalism April 21
4 April 22-28 Postgraduate Training in FM April 28
5 April 29-May 5 Key Educational Levers in FM May 5
6 May 6-12 Cultivating Family Medicine Research May 12
7 May 13-19 Cultivating Quality Improvement - Part 1 May 19
8 May 20-26 Delivering Comprehensive and Integrated Care May 26
9 May 27-June 2 Cultivating Quality Improvement - Part 2 June 2
10 June 3-9 Lifelong Learning and Continuing Professional Development June 9
11 June 10-16 Leading - Influence and Wellness June 16
12 June 17-23

Review and Hot Topics
Capstone Discussion & Evaluation

June 23

*Schedule is subject to change.

Delivery Methods

  • Weekly live sessions
  • Weekly recorded content
  • University of Toronto library access
  • Virtual mentorship
  • Group work
  • Additional readings


Registration fee: CAD 2,500 + 13% HST

Registration deadline: March 26, 2021

Scholarships are available for individuals from low and middle income countries to help off set the cost of tuition. Please contact us for more information.