Our core family medicine Global Health curriculum encompasses all family medicine residents in their 2 year program, as well as the PHPM residents. The organizing principle of the core curriculum is the family physician as health advocate, responsible for addressing inequities in access to healthcare and in health outcomes among her or his patient population. The core curriculum also tries to broaden residents’ awareness of threats to health equity among the global population in his or her community, country and the world.
The curriculum is organized around 6 sets of objectives which can be met through online modules and reflective pieces, clinical experiences, academic sessions, and other activities (research, conferences, etc) at the residents’ discretion. Two academic days round out the Global Health curriculum by giving residents the opportunity to explore “non-core” topics such as conflict and health, urban planning and health, climate change and health to name a few.
Other educational opportunities that are in evolution include partnerships with the Mohawk territory of Tyendinaga to provide a broad-based view of Aboriginal health, sessions run by Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, and collaboration with the Ontario College of Family Physicians to deliver the Treating Poverty: A Workshop for Family Physicians.
The six sets of objectives are:
- Poverty and health
- Aboriginal health
- Immigrant and refugee health
- Developmental disabilities
- Cultural humility
- Health and human rights
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