Partnerships and Collaborations
The Department of Family and Community Medicine has extensive experience building primary care capacity in Canada and around the world. As recognized leaders in primary care, we bring a breadth of knowledge and practical expertise to our partnerships - and a deep commitment to collaboration and shared learning.
Our partnerships span the globe and guided by the following principles:
- Collaboration: We work with our partners to develop partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
- Respect: We respect the history, context and values of the communities in which we work.
- Sustainability: We work with partners to build capacity so that programs and skills can be sustained and expanded
- Responsiveness: We believe strongly that partnerships are learning experiences for all involved. Knowledge and experience flows in both directions.
- Flexibility: We work with partners to adapt and customize programs to meet their needs.
Partner Organization: Addis Ababa University
Goal: Capacity-building in Family Medicine Education
Project: Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Family Medicine (TAAAC-FM)
Description: The Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto (U of T) has supported Addis Ababa University in establishing Ethiopia's first residency training program in Family Medicine (FM). While the program was launched in February of 2013, the introduction of FM in Ethiopia where family medicine had not previously existed is expected to improve health outcomes across the country in the coming years. The first seven Ethiopian family doctors graduated from this program in 2016 and are pioneers in a distinguished new cadre of highly trained comprehensive care physicians. Many of these early cohorts of graduates, have graduated directly into senior leadership positions within the AAU FM program as well as at other institutions nation-wide. TAAAC FM's engagement has supported the graduation of 37 residents, and transitioned to a model of DFCM faculty one month teaching trips three times per year from 2015-2020. Over thirty of DFCM faculty have engaged with the program through deep and meaningful clinical and academic teaching, mentorship, faculty development, and leadership development activities in Ethiopia. An essential and critical highlight of TAAAC FM's work to date has been the facilitated and supported transition of leadership and ownership of the program to the graduates of the Ethiopian FM program who now lead the program in Addis Ababa. In light of the devastating COVID global health pandemic of 2020 and 2021, TAAAC FM has adapted with agility to develop a model of virtual teaching and engagement that sustains the longstanding global health education partnership that both AAU and UofT value and work to uphold.
Partner organizations: Faculdade da Medicine Santa Marcelina (FASM- Sao Paolo) & Programa da Clínica da Família (PCF-Rio de Janeiro)
Goal: Capacity-building in Family Medicine Education and Systems Strengthening
FASM: The partnership of the DFCM with the Faculdade da Medicina Santa Marcelina (FASM) builds on nearly twenty years of collaboration between our department and various Brazilian partners. Our partnership with FASM includes a number of collaborative educational activities. Starting in 2014, FASM through its affiliated hospitals and health centres will host the six-month practicum of our Enhanced Skills program in Global Health and the Care of Vulnerable Populations. As of July 2014, FASM will also provide an elective in global family medicine for PGY2 in family medicine. Planning is currently under way for faculty collaboration specifically around Canadian resident supervision (at FASM), faculty development and enhancing the family medicine content of the undergraduate curriculum as FASM.
PCF: The DFCM has also recently engaged with PCF to explore potential areas of collaboration towards capacity-building and family medicine strengthening. PCF has invited the DFCM to send PGY2 in family medicine for electives in Rio and we expect our residents to travel in 2014. Potential collaboration in the areas of research and faculty development are currently underway.
Partner Organization: Ministry of Health of Chile
Project: Chilean Interprofessional Program in Primary Care & Family Health
Target learners: Chilean primary care providers
Description: Since 1999, the Department of Family and Community Medicine has offered a 6 week training program in Toronto for Chilean primary care providers from various health disciplines. Participants have included midwives, family doctors, social workers, physiotherapists, dentists and nurses. The program focusses on the principles of primary care and of family health and on interdisciplinary teamwork. Over 150 health care professionals have participated in this program.
DOMINICA, WEST INDIES
Partner Organisation: Roseau Health Centre
Project: Family Medicine Global Health Elective
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.
Collaborations and Consultations
We work with clinical, educational and and government leaders around the world to strengthen primary health care. We do this by collaborating and consulting to build capacity in academic infrastructure, primary care teams, curriculum development, and faculty development.
The Center for Medical Institution Management of Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China
Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University Shanghai Medical College