Chair's Message

2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM). Over the coming 12 months we are hosting a number of conferences, workshops, and other events for our faculty, residents, students, alumni and staff.

On April 5th, we will be hosting our DFCM Conference and Walter Rosser Day, named in honour of Dr. Walter Rosser, a leader in global family medicine research and former DFCM Chair. This year’s conference includes exciting workshops, keynote speakers Dr. Risa Freeman, DFCM Vice-Chair of Education and Scholarship, and Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and CEO of North York General Hospital, and the official launch of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Our annual conference allows us to learn from our colleagues about best practices in family medicine, and the many innovations in family medicine education and scholarship, research and advocacy, quality improvement and innovation, family doctor leadership, and global health and social accountability taking place here at the University of Toronto.

Our annual conference is open to all of our faculty, residents, undergraduate and graduate students, staff from all our academic sites and community practices, our alumni, and all local and international friends of DFCM, including international medical graduates. Spots are filling fast so I encourage you to register as soon as possible and select the workshops you would like to join. I hope to see many of you on April 5th joining with your colleagues from across our department.

Two exciting conferences are being hosted for the first time in Toronto in May of this year. On May 3rd, DFCM, in partnership with Women’s College Hospital, will be hosting the first Refugee Health Primer: Optimizing Primary Care for Refugee Newcomers. This conference aims to assist primary care providers who serve refugee populations to better understand the refugee processing system, learn about new approaches to clinical care, identify available resources, and much more. Led by Dr. Katherine Rouleau, DFCM Vice-Chair for Global Health and Social Accountability, and Dr. Meb Rashid, Director of the Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital, this conference will provide much-needed education on an important topic.

On May 21st to 23rd, the 12th Annual Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network (Ca-PRI) Conference will be hosted by DFCM at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus. The goal of Ca-PRI is to promote greater international collaboration in primary care and cancer research and to further develop a multidisciplinary network of researchers in primary cancer care and related areas. This year’s theme is "Cancer Inequities at Home and Abroad in the Age of Migration: Roles for Primary Care" and will include some great keynote speakers, workshops and unique highlights, including a welcome reception at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, where presenters will face off in a literal “Shark Tank”.

Among the many education events hosted by DFCM is our Leadership Basics workshop series that aims to provide our faculty with practical support in developing their leadership skills. There are several half-day sessions in March and May available for registration: “Cultural Fluency” (March 5th) being led by Professor Nouman Ashraf, an Assistant Professor at the Rotman School of Management; “Powerful Presence” (May 7th), led by Mila Noumark, a global leader in communications; and “Pearls and Pitfalls in Leadership - From Suburban Family Practice to CMA Presidency” (May 21st) led by Dr. Sandy Buchman, the Canadian Medical Associations’ 2019 president-elect.

Lastly, do not forget to save the date for the 2nd Toronto International Conference on Quality in Family Medicine. This conference will take place on November 16th, 2019 here in Toronto. This conference will provide opportunities to network, learn, and share with colleagues from across North America, as well as from around the world. Our inaugural conference last year earned rave reviews, and I encourage you to join us this year for this dynamic educational event.

For a full listing of DFCM events, conferences and workshops, I encourage you to visit our website at:

Michael Kidd
Professor and Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Telephone: 416-978-6473


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