50th Anniversary

The spring of 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM). This is an opportunity for all of our past and present faculty, residents, students, alumni and staff to celebrate our past and look to our future.

In the spring of 1969, local family physician, Dr. Reg Perkin, was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the newly established Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto. One year later, in June of 1970, DFCM’s new family medicine residency program enrolled 24 first-year and six second-year residents. Though small compared to our residency program today, at the time it was the largest family medicine training program in Canada and quickly, through the leadership of Dr. Perkin, Dr. Fred Fallis (his successor as Chair), and many others, DFCM grew to become one of the largest and most respected academic family medicine departments in the world.

Over the course of the year, we are hosting a number of conferences, workshops, and other events and finding new ways to engage all of our partners online. Share your story about what DFCM means to you below or tweet us using #DFCM50.

Our department has accomplished much over the last 50 years and we have much more in store. We hope to see many of you at our events during the year as we celebrate our Golden Anniversary and prepare for many exciting years ahead.

Do you have photos, stories, ideas or thoughts you'd like to share? Email dfcm.50years@utoronto.ca and share them with us!

Thank You For 50 Years!

DFCM will be hosting a reception to recognize all the work and contributions members of our department have made over the past 50 years.

50th Anniversary Timeline

A lot has changed in 50 years: look back on our history through this digital timeline

50 Stories

Read stories from faculty, alumni, residents, students and staff as they reflect over the past 50 years.