Introducing the FM Pivot Educational InitiativeThe 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”
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!
For the latest news about the Besrour Centre, read the bimonthly newsletter:
- CFPC Position Statement in Support of the Declaration of Astana
- Developing family practice to respond to global health challenges; The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world [Canadian Family Physician (CFP) article, August 2017, 63 (8) 602-606]
- Family medicine around the world: overview by region; The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world (CFP article, June 2017, 63 (6) 436-441)
- Narratives in family medicine: a global perspective; The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world (CFP article, February 2017, 63 (2) 121-127)
- Approaching a global definition of family medicine; The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world (CFP article, November 2016, 62 (11) 891-896)
- Lessons learned in global family medicine education from a Besrour Centre capacity-building workshop (abstract from the Education for Primary Care journal, September 2016; 27(5):391-395)
- Achieving competencies in family medicine through continuing professional development (from the Education for Primary Care journal, August 2016; 27(5): 349-350)
- Developing the evidentiary basis for family medicine in the global context: the Besrour Papers; a series on the state of family medicine in the world (CFP article, July 2015, 61 (7) 596-600)
- The Besrour Conferences (CFP article, July 2015, 61 (7) 578-581)
Resources & Links
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.
View FMF Registration and Program
2019 Besrour Forum
2018 Besrour Forum
2017 Besrour Forum
“Leading the way to Universal Health Coverage through family medicine: skills for success”
November 7—11, 2017
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
2015 Besrour Forum
“Family Medicine: at the heart of health systems”
November 11—14, 2015
2014 Besrour Forum
“Innovating for Action: Tools and Strategies to Advance Global Family Medicine”
November 13—15, 2014
Quebec City, Quebec
2013 Besrour Forum
“Strengthening the Foundations”
November 5—8, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia
2012 Besrour Forum
“Building Capacity in Family Medicine in Low and Middle-Income Countries”
November 9—11, 2012
King City, Ontario
Articles and Videos of Interest
- Attitudes, barriers, and enablers towards conducting primary care research in Banda Aceh, Indonesia: a qualitative research study
- A Comprehensive Assessment of Family Physicians Gender and Quality of Care
- Minding the Gap: Factors Associated With Primary Care Coordination of Adults in 11 Countries. Ann Fam Med 2017;15(2):113-119.
- Faculty development in family medicine education: what is needed?
- Policy Bite – Professor Katherine Rouleau
Written by Professor Katherine Rouleau of the Besrour Centre of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
“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.”
- Association between continuity of care in general practice and hospital admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: cross sectional study of routinely collected, person level data
- La médecine de famille et la médecine communautaire: une médecine d’avenir (French only)