Department of Family & Community Medicine

Enhanced Skills Program: Global Health and Vulnerable Populations Goals and Objectives Tropical Medicine

This rotation is designed to enable residents to develop familiarity with standards of care, as relevant to primary care, for patients engaging in travel as well as competency in screening and treating the returned traveller. They will also learn how to utilize appropriate community resources, as needed, to provide supportive patient care

Medical Expert

The PGY3 resident will:

  • Conduct a thorough and relevant focused clinical history and physical assessment of the patient
  • Identify and screen for appropriate infectious diseases based on the patient's exposure history and risk factors
  • Describe common infectious diseases seen in returning travellers, risk factors for these infections, and preventative measures
  • Recognize the most common causes of fever in the returned traveller and relevant treatment options


The PGY3 resident will:

  • Respond to patient’s concerns while recognizing the patient’s cultural context and belief systems and offer appropriate treatment
  • Find common ground in the identification of problems and priorities of intervention
  • Exhibit effective communication skills, including verbal and written presentation of patient consultations with the respectful and culturally sensitive use of language


The PGY3 resident will:

  • Integrate and liaise with public health staff and care recommendations as required
  • Consistently contribute creative ideas and positive energy to the team
  • Demonstrate the ability to accept, consider and respect the opinions of other team members
  • Actively involve appropriate members of a patient’s health care team, including allied health workers, in the assessment, planning, and provision of care


The PGY3 resident will:

  • Demonstrate fiscally responsible allocation of government resources in support of patients’ needs
  • Makes cost effective use of health care resources based on sound judgement, balancing resources to maximize benefits to all patients
  • Effectively lead or contribute to the health care team; use time wisely

Health Advocate

The PGY3 resident will:

  • Incorporate preventative and health promotion counselling into clinical encounters
  • Provide appropriate education and counselling regarding prevention of infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue, typhoid and parasitic infections
  • Clearly outline risks for infectious diseases based on the patient's proposed travel plans
  • Identify opportunities to outreach to community resources and health partners to achieve better health outcomes for patients
  • Coordinate patient’s access to care through use of hospital and community resources in a timely fashion
  • Support health of patients/families by appropriate referrals, support and information on health maintenance, lifestyle, community/home resources


The PGY3 resident will:

  • Critically appraise levels of evidence, interpret the relevant evidence and apply this appropriately to practice domains.
  • Demonstrate ability to teach others
  • Pursue self-directed learning and demonstrate the spirit of continuous improvement


The PGY3 resident will:

  • Exhibit professional behaviours in practice including reliability, compassion, respect, and commitment to patient well being
  • Respect personal/professional boundaries with patients, residents, and faculty
  • Demonstrate insight into his/her limitations and respond appropriately to constructive feedback
  • Complete all consults/paper work/dictations in a timely fashion
  • Be on time for all clinical duties