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Introducing the FM Pivot Educational Initiative

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the largest and most rapid disruption to the practices and training of family physicians since the inception of our profession in the mid-20th century. It has revealed gaps in the capacity of our health care systems, but it has also led to a surge in resiliency, innovation, and gained experience as primary care providers and educators adapt to this new paradigm. We have an opportunity to expand on this interest and energy to collectively strengthen our system and build our capacity to manage the next emergent crisis when it arises.

The FM Pivot Educational Initiative has been developed by a team of global Besrour Centre partners to help family physicians and family medicine educators prepare for similar challenges in the future within their own contexts. It will feature interactive educational modules, webinars, platforms for discussion, and opportunities for sharing resources. It will available for free and will be based on the World Health Organization’s IntegratedCare4People website. Our first module is scheduled to roll out in December 2020. Stayed tuned for further details!

Congratulations to the first recipients of the Global Co-RIG Program!

The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is pleased to announce the two inaugural recipients of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Impact Grant (Global Co-RIG) Program:
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa: “Innovations to reduce morbidity and mortality amongst people with diabetes in vulnerable communities in Cape Town, South Africa”
  • Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia: “Family Health Cadre Empowerment Program: An innovation for chronic disease management during the COVID-19 pandemic in low-and middle-income countries”
These grants were made possible through the generous support of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, the Fondation Docteur Sadok Besrour, and the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine at the CFPC.

The pandemic has put immense pressure on health care systems. The goal of this initiative is to advance efforts that aim to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19. In particular, the program is seeking innovative ideas that reduce the virus’s impact on highly vulnerable populations around the world that have limited access to primary care.

The CFPC and the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine congratulate the first Global Co-RIG recipients!


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Besrour Forum

The Besrour Global Health Forum is an annual forum hosted by the Besrour Centre – the centre for global family medicine at the CFPC. As a hub of collaboration, the Besrour Centre brings together the Canadian family medicine community, global networks, and over 25 countries to advance family medicine globally. It is grounded in the expertise of the CFPC and seeks meaningful global impact through medical education and training,  research and quality improvement, and advocacy.

The Besrour Forum is one of the key activities of the Besrour Centre and is the meeting place for over 100 Canadian and international stakeholders to exchange ideas, acquire skills, and co-create solutions for advancing family medicine and primary care around the world.

Besrour Forum / Virtual FMF 2020

Live Stream – Nov 4 – 7, 2020

The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine will be dedicating Besrour-related activities on the Thursday, November 5, 2020.  

‘Role of Family Medicine during the COVID-19 Pandemic’.  Join us and hear the panels’ perspective on the role of family medicine during COVID-19. Global experiences with public health issues and global through the lens of family medicine. There will be sharing of collective stories centred on the defined CANMEDS-FM roles of the global family doctor.

‘Introduction to program evaluation for academic family physicians’ Join our session on evaluation of programs where sharing of findings in a scholarly way will be explored. Participants will have the ability to describe the purpose of a logic model and apply these skills in program planning and improvement.

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2019 Besrour Forum

"Family Medicine: leading for the future of global health"
October 30 – November 2, 2019
Vancouver, Canada

Executive Summary
Forum Report
Abstract Presentations

2018 Besrour Forum

Building on Astana 2018: Global Family Medicine for Healthy Communities
November 13—17, 2018
Toronto, Canada

Conference Report
Abstract Presentations

2017 Besrour Forum

“Leading the way to Universal Health Coverage through family medicine: skills for success”
November 7—11, 2017
Montreal, Canada

Group shot of Forum Attendees

2016 Besrour Forum

“Harnessing Family Medicine for SDG3”
November 1—6, 2016 [in tandem with the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) World Conference of Family Doctors]
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The 5th Annual Besrour Global Health Conference Executive Report 
Conference Report

Group shot of Forum Attendees

2015 Besrour Forum

“Family Medicine: at the heart of health systems”   
November 11—14, 2015
Toronto, Canada

The 4th Annual Besrour Global Health Conference Executive Report
Conference Report

Group shot of Forum Attendees

2014 Besrour Forum

“Innovating for Action: Tools and Strategies to Advance Global Family Medicine”
November 13—15, 2014
Quebec City, Quebec

The 3rd Annual Besrour Global Health Conference
Conference Report

Group shot of Forum Attendees

2013 Besrour Forum

“Strengthening the Foundations”
November 5—8, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia

The 2nd Annual Besrour Global Health Conference Executive Summary
Conference Summary

Group shot of Forum Attendees

2012 Besrour Forum

“Building Capacity in Family Medicine in Low and Middle-Income Countries”
November 9—11, 2012
King City, Ontario

Executive Summary: First Besrour Global Health Conference 
Final Consultation Report

Group shot of Forum Attendees

Articles and Videos of Interest

“The Government of Canada has recently undertaken a public review and consultation to renew Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework. The Besrour Centre submitted a response which highlighted the strengthening of global family medicine and primary care as a key element of Canada’s international development policy, and as a key pathway to health equity.”

Dr. Katherine Rouleau, Past Director, Besrour Centre, in an excerpt from a WONCA policy bite, January 2017


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