Chair's Message

Dear Colleagues,

In April, the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) will be hosting two major events: the First Toronto International Conference on Quality in Family Medicine, and our 2018 DFCM Annual Conference.

Leading experts in quality improvement from across Canada, as well as from 15 other nations, the World Health Organization, Health Quality Ontario, will come together in Toronto on April 19 to attend the First Toronto International Conference on Quality in Family Medicine. This is the start of a global movement that is planned to enable us all to learn from each other and to champion quality improvement in family practice around the world. It will also inform our own ongoing exciting developments at DFCM in quality improvement and innovation.

Awareness of the importance of quality improvement and innovation in primary health care is growing rapidly in Canada and other parts of the world. Together we will be working on ways to improve the quality, efficiency, effectiveness, timeliness and safety of the health care services we provide, and to do so in ways that best meet the needs of our individual patients, and our communities.

Some of the most exciting innovations in global primary health care are happening in low and middle-income countries, especially in rural regions. Together with our international colleagues, we want to examine and adapt these new developments so that all our patients can benefit from better quality care. This first conference will be the springboard for an annual event that we hope will attract global experts to Canada and support our collective work in improving the quality of health care provided to all Canadians.

On April 20, we will be hosting our annual DFCM conference, which includes the Walt Rosser Day, named in honour of our former DFCM chair, and one of the doyens of global family medicine research, Dr Walt Rosser, C.M. Our annual conference allows us to learn from our colleagues about best practices in family medicine, and the 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. It also allows us to catch up with our colleagues from across the 14 academic sites and the many community practices across the Greater Toronto Area and rural Ontario that make up our very large academic department.

Our keynote speakers at this year’s conference will be our family physician colleagues, The Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Katherine Rouleau, our DFCM Vice-Chair for Global Health and Social Accountability, who has just returned from Geneva where she was invited by the World Health Organization to report on the current status of global developments in family medicine.

Our DFCM Conference is open to all our faculty, our residents, our undergraduate and graduate students, our staff from all our academic sites and community practices, our alumni, and all local and international friends of DFCM, including international medical graduates. We are nearing capacity for our conference so I encourage you to register as soon as possible and select the workshops you would like to join. I look forward to seeing you on April 20.


Dr. Michael Kidd
Professor and Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Toronto

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