Learning Opportunities

DFCM and other departments offer a number of educational experiences and opportunities to enhance competency in the care of under-served populations in Canada and abroad, and nurture teachers, scholars and learners in global health.


Family Medicine & Primary Care in the Global Health Context [CHL5618H] [for Faculty and Residents]

This continuing education course for faculty and residents provides an overview of key issues pertinent to the strengthening and delivery of primary care and family medicine around the world while highlighting specifically, based on a review of the evidence, how family medicine can impact global health locally and globally.

Enhanced Skills Program: Global Health & Vulnerable Populations PGY3 [for Residents]

Provides third-year family medicine residents with the knowledge and the skills to address global health issues both locally and abroad.

Global Health Primer: Applying Global Lessons to Enhance Local Practice [for Faculty and Residents]

This three-day primer for faculty and residents aims to offer participants a broad overview of global health and equity-focused primary care. 

Refugee Health Primer: Optimizing Primary Care for Refugee Newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area [for Faculty and Residents]

A one-day conference on clinical care and health system navigation for primary care providers serving refugee newcomers (open to faculty and residents). 

Advancing Women's Excellence in Family Medicine (AWE_FM)[for current or emerging women leaders in family medicine] 

While more women are practicing family medicine than ever before, many female physicians face gender-based barriers to professional and academic success and a lack of support in leadership positions. This course will explore the experiences, perspectives and strategies of course faculty and participants that have successfully supported leadership in clinical, health system and academic settings.

Offerings for International Learners

We have opportunities for international professionals at all stages from their career: from students to health care leaders. Visit our International Learners page for more information. 

International Global Health Electives

Enhance your competency in the area of global health to improve health equity in resource-limited settings

Residents can apply for an elective taking place outside Canada, in a resource-limited setting or with vulnerable populations, for the purpose of enhancing competency in the area of global health.

What is global health?

While there is no single, universally endorsed definition of global health (GH), at DFCM, global health is “an organizing framework”  for “study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide.

International electives (as opposed to global health electives), that is, electives NOT primarily aimed at enhancing knowledge and skills related to health equity and the care of populations in lower resourced settings outside of Canada, are not the responsibility of the global health and social accountability program and can be arranged by residents as deemed appropriate by their site director.

Please note that the Global Health & Social Accountability program at DFCM does not arrange nor schedule global health electives. We do however when appropriate, help residents develop clear, SMART objectives for their experience.

Guiding Principles of Global Health Electives:

  • Bi-directional learning

  • Anchored in respectful relationships

  • Anchored in the needs of the community

  • Cultural safety and cultural humility

  • Capacity Building

  • Accountability