Enhanced Skills Program: Global Health and Vulnerable Populations

Global Health and Vulnerable Populations  

Overall Program Vision

The Global Health and Vulnerable Populations Program at the University of Toronto is a 52-week Residency Program designed to provide family physicians with the knowledge and the skills to address global health issues both locally and abroad. 
The objectives of the program are to enhance the skills and knowledge of Canadian family physicians in the areas relevant to global health to enable them to work more effectively in resource-poor settings in Canada and abroad and to foster the development of collaborative relationships to support primary health care in resource-poor settings locally, nationally and internationally. 

Program and Application Eligibility

Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen. Applicant must be currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency at the time of application. 

For funding eligibility, please see the main Enhanced Skills Program Admissions page.

Length of Program

One Year (52 Weeks) - Full Time

Curriculum Competencies

The Global Health and Vulnerable Populations Residency Program adheres to CanMEDS-FM goals and objectives to achieve the following competencies:
  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Scholar
  • Health Advocate
  • Professional

For complete details, please read the goals and objectives.

Sample Rotation

The first 6 months of this program consists of selectives, which are determined by the resident based on their individual goals and objectives. Common selectives include: 

Residents can choose to have a half-day back in family medicine at the clinic of their choosing in order to maintain/enhance their general practice skills. Residents also devote part of their time towards acquiring competency in Portuguese to enhance their January –June practicum experience in Brazil. 

Residents are encouraged to devote time towards a scholarly activity while engaged in the program (Scholar Rotation Goals and Objectives). 

While in Brazil, residents will undertake a variety of activities including teaching, mentorship, and exposure to clinical work. They may also partake in activities related to public health/health systems and scholarly work depending on their interests. (Rio de Janeiro - Goals and Objectives; Sao Paulo - Goals and Objectives)

Unique Program Requirements

Attendance at the Family Medicine Forum
Attendance at the Besrour Global Health Conference if accepted
2 Mentorship nights
2 Journal clubs
Attendance at the Global Health Summer Primer in Toronto, as offered.
Presentation of scholarly work at one conference/seminar

Program Director

Dr. Praseedha Janakiram, MD, CFPC praseedha.janakiram@utoronto.ca  and
Dr. Eileen Nicolle, MD, CFPC eileen.nicolle@gmail.com

List of Faculty Program Committee:
Dr. Katherine Rouleau
Dr. Praseedha Janakiram
Dr. Eileen Nicolle

To Apply

Our application is currently closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year starting August 2019.


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