For Residents

We offer a range of educational experiences to enhance competency in the care of vulnerable populations in Canada and abroad.

Offerings

Global Health Primer: Applying Global Lessons to Enhance Local Practice

This 3-day primer course aims to offer participants a broad overview of Global Health with specific relevance to primary care.

Refugee Health Primer: Optimizing Primary Care for Refugee Newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area

A one-day Conference on Clinical Care and Health System Navigation for Primary Care Providers Serving Refugee Newcomers. 

Enhanced Skills Program: Global Health & Vulnerable Populations PGY3

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

CHL5618H - Family Medicine & Primary Care in the Global Health Context

This continuing education course 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.

Events

Connections: Primary Care and Family Medicine in the Global Health Context

This public monthly event serves as a forum for the examination and discussion of key issues pertinent to the delivery of primary care in settings around the world. Invited speakers include leading experts in Family Medicine, Primary Care and Global Health. The speaker series sessions are interactive, providing ample opportunity for dialogue and exchange among participants from a variety of disciplines.

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.

 

 

Elective Sites

1) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

Activities: Full scope community-based family medicine including home visits with community health agents.

Teaching site: Family health centre 

Supervision: English-speaking Brazilian family physicians

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks (excluding vacation)

Housing: Provided by Rio Clinica da Familia program

Available: Year-round

Requirements: Priority given to R2. Must be in good standing and approved by residency program director. Some knowledge of Portuguese strongly encouraged but not required. Completion of pre-departure training.

 

2) São Paolo, Brazil  (Faculdade Santa Marcelina-FASM)

Activities: Full scope community-based family medicine including home visits with community health agents

Teaching site: Family health centre 

Supervision: English-speaking Brazilian family physicians

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks (excluding vacation)

Housing: Provided by FASM

Available: July to December

Requirements: Priority given to R2. Must be in good standing and approved by residency program director. Some knowledge of Portuguese strongly encouraged but not required. Completion of pre-departure training.

3) Dominica, West Indies

Partner Organisation: Roseau Health Centre

Goal: To provide an opportunity for a comprehensive, community-based family medicine global health elective.

Description: May include visits to village clinics such as Soufriere, Scott’s Head, Pointe Michel, Mahaut, Massacre, or Laudat and visits to patients in the nursing home and/or prison. Supervision will be provided by Engish-speaking Dominican family physicians.