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Bringing Primary Care to the Front Lines in the Developing World

In their report, Rapid Routes to Scale, Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya and T-HOPE - made up of students from DFCM and the Rotman School of Management  - highlight innovative ways to develop and grow primary care in low-and-middle income countries. 

In collaboration with the International Centre for Social Franchising and donors such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, T-HOPE researched what works and what doesn’t when trying to expand primary care in the developed world while still providing a high quality of care to a large population.

Read the full story here.

Department News

SAVE THE DATE: The annual DFCM Conference is taking place on April 30, 2015 with Walter Rosser Day on May 1, 2015. The keynote speaker for this year's conference is Dr. Mike Evans and Dr. Danielle Martin is the Earl Dunn lecturer on Walter Rosser Day. Registration open soon!

NEXT GLOBAL HEALTH SPEAKER: As part of the Global Health Speaker series, Dr. Jane Philpott will discuss "How and Why in Global Health: Exploring Our Messy Mix of Motivations" on February 25, 2015.

FREAKY FLU SHOTS: Dr. Jeff Kwong is on the Freakonomics Podcast discussing "Why doesn't everyone get the flu vaccine?"

NEW SURVEY SOFTWARE FOR DFCM STAFF AND STUDENTS: Thanks to the Research Program, all DFCM faculty, staff, and students are now able to use Qualtrics Research Suite for research purposes. The Qualtrics Research Suite is a secure, user-friendly, feature rich, web-based survey tool which allows users to build, distribute and analyze on-line surveys. To request an account, please contact Rachel Thomason.

QI PROGRAM RECOGNIZED: DFCM's Quality Improvement Program was featured by the eZsigma group for its importance to family medicine.

CARING FOR THE ELDERLY: Dr. Samir Sinha has gone from Oxford University to Johns Hopkins but throughout his career he has always placed an emphasis on care for the elderly. Read more.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PAN AM GAMES: The 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto are looking for physicians to volunteer for this summer's games. If you are interested you may register here. Once you have created an account use the code: MED. Visit the website or email for questions.

TAKING A TEAM APPROACH: Faculty member Dr. Danielle Martin believes a team approach to medicine leads to the best care for patients.
Department News
DFCM Calendar


February 19-21: Integrative Healthcare Symposium

March 31: Partners in Progress: BRIDGES Annual Conference

April 11: Medical Imaging for Family Physicians

April 16-20: AERA Annual Meeting

April 25-28: CCME 2015

May 5-8: Narrative Healthcare Atelier & Certificate Program

May 6-9: Primary Care Today

May 28-30: Advanced Learning of Palliative Medicine Conference 

June 1-12: Global Health TIPS-FM



Congratulations to Dr. Thuy-Nga Pham of Toronto East General Hospital on receiving the Change Idea, 2014 Alumni Achievement Award, IDEA for Proactive Advance Care Planning in Long Term Care. Dr. Pham was one of the executive sponsors for this project. Dr. Pham's important work has also been profiled on

Congratulations to DFCM Staff Marie Leverman, Andrea Dell, and Deidra Shaver on receiving the University of Toronto Excellence Through Innovation Award.


Dr. Lisa Graves (et al) Impact of selection strategies on representation of underserved populations and intention to practise: International Findings. Medical Education 2015: 49: 60-72

Whitehead C R. (16 January 2015) What Ails Medical Education [Review of the book Let me Heal, by K. Ludmerer] Science. Vol 347 Issue 6219 p 241.

Call for Nominations

February 15 is the deadline for nominations for the DFCM Departmental and Program Awards. Visit the DFCM Awards section of our website to learn more about the awards and how to nominate.


DFCM Open is a repository of peer-reviewed resources for family physicians and healthcare professionals. Click the photos to see access the material.

Acute Urinary Retention EM E-learning
By: Catherine Varner MD
COPD EM E-learning Module
By: Mike McDonnell MD
Working with Families in a Culturally Diverse Society: Cross-cultural Care for Family Physicians
By: Vincent H.K. Poon MD PsyD DMin FCFP FABMP
Strategies for Effective Teaching in Ambulatory Care
By: Dr. G. Mand MBBS CCFP, Dr. J. McCabe MD CCFP, Dr. V. Antao MD CCFP MHSc
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