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.


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). 

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.

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

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.

Please note that the Global Health & Social Accountability program at DFCM does not arrange nor schedule global health electives. We do however, when appropriate, put residents in touch with international partners who may be able to welcome residents for electives.

Currently, given the COVID-19 pandemic and the extraordinary demands this has put on health care and medical education resources globally, we have elected, in concert with our international partners to refrain from referring residents for global health electives until the global crisis abates. 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 program and can be arranged by residents as deemed appropriate by their site director.

We know that the current situation is frustrating for our learners and for our partners alike. We look forward to resuming our pre-COVID-19 activities. In the meantime, we encourage residents interested in global health to explore elective options caring for at-risk populations in Canada.

Download International Global Health Electives Information & Application Form