Department of Family & Community Medicine

Enhanced Skills Program: Global Health and Vulnerable Populations - TAAAC FM Goals and Objectives

During these rotations, residents will develop familiarity with standards of care and expectations of family medicine as it pertains to the setting of Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Residents will work closely with Ethiopian colleagues at the family health centers and liaise with peers and faculty at Addis Ababa University (AAU).

Medical Expert

The PGY3 Resident will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key clinical conditions commonly seen Ethiopia and offer comparative approaches to similar conditions as they are addressed in Canada.
  • Use Ethiopian guidelines, where available to understand current practices for care delivered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Recommend appropriate diagnostic testing based on resources available in setting of practice.
  • Identify common therapeutic interventions used in the clinical setting for common conditions.
  • Recognize complex problems and suggests appropriate management of patients with multi-system disease.



The PGY3 Resident will:

  • Recognize the role of the patient's beliefs, concerns, and illness experience and is able to appreciate the patient's expectations.
  • Recognize the cultural communication nuances of peer to peer learning and teaching and incorporate this into daily learning with Ethiopian colleagues/residents.
  • Demonstrate empathy and sensitivity to racial, gender and cultural issues.
  • Demonstrate skills in working with patients to overcome communication challenges including socio-economic or ethno-cultural differences.
  • Skillfully recognize and manage communication challenges.



The PGY3 Resident will:

  • Participate effectively and appropriately in an inter-professional healthcare team.
  • Collaborate with learning teams involved in resident training and peer supervision (as required).
  • Share knowledge effectively to assist in the formulation of a health care plan (as required) and help advance the knowledge and practice of family medicine in the local Ethiopian context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of role on the team. Contribute to team effectiveness. Manage differences and resolves conflict, if applicable. Ask for assistance appropriately.
  • Contribute to the wider collaborative relationship between U of T DFCM and AAU FM and help to strengthen ties between Canadian and Ethiopian partners.
  • Participate in the discussions on approach to care and best use of resources for complex patients with multi system disease with specific focus on role of the current and existing cadres of primary care health workers and allied health team members.
  • Collaborate with residents and allied health professionals to better understand their potential future contribution to improving patient care within the community.
  • Collaborate with program leaders both locally in Addis Ababa and externally in Canada to strengthen partner ties and help the advancement of Family medicine globally



The PGY3 Resident will:

  • Use time management skills to manage expectations of preceptor-supervised learning, self-learning activities, and teaching opportunities.
  • Describe and articulate the resource management challenges faced by the new specialty of family medicine in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.


Health Advocate

The PGY3 Resident will:

  • Advocate for family medicine within the learning setting, and demonstrates an appreciation the context of the emerging specialty in Ethiopia as well as the challenges ahead.



The PGY3 Resident will:

  • Effectively facilitate learning of physicians in training including – didactic teachings sessions, case-based discussions, bedside teaching
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of adult learning and help others learn by providing guidance, teaching and by giving constructive feedback.
  • Effectively use evidence in day to day clinical and non-clinical work, such as teaching. Read around cases and is knowledgeable about common presentations seen within Ethiopia.
  • Engage in self-directed learning activities to better understand the primary care model of care and its history in Ethiopia.
  • Contribute to scholarly activities, including participation and presentation (as required) at family medicine academic half days at AAU.
  • Develop a strategy for learning around new clinical cases often encountered in Ethiopia but otherwise rare in Canada.



The PGY3 Resident will:

  • Exhibit proper professional behavior and conduct (i.e. Respect colleagues own lived experiences and clinical perspectives, etc.)
  • Demonstrate professionalism in intercultural communications and in appreciation of dynamics of family medicine
  • Represent family medicine residents with model professionalism as a learner, peer, and resident teacher (i.e. Punctuality, respectful conflict resolution, team building approach to the teaching team).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the profession of family medicine, and to collaborative international educational partnerships, through ethical practice, respect for colleagues and patients in low resource settings, and equity in peer to peer learning and engagement.
  • Demonstrate professional attitudes and acts as ambassador of family medicine in local Ethiopian setting.
  • Demonstrate and role model professional behaviours of preparation, punctuality, respect for colleagues, completion of tasks with organized and thorough method.