The 2018 University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine Conference

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 08:00 - 17:00

The 2018 University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine Conference
Reaching Health for All, We Need You!


Keynote Speaker
The Honourable 
Dr. Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Mandate Letter

The Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015, representing Toronto–St. Paul’s. Prior to her election, Dr. Bennett was a family physician and a founding partner of Bedford Medical Associates in downtown Toronto. She was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. 

Earl Dunn Lecturer
Dr. Katherine Rouleau
Vice-Chair, Global Health and Social Accountability

Dr. Katherine Rouleau is a family physician at St-Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Vice-Chair of Global Health and Social Accountability Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. 

Registration Fee for This Year's Conference

The DFCM Event Committee works hard to ensure that our attendees are treated to a day of knowledge in an environment that is conducive to learning and the sharing of pertinent ideas. 

Every year when we plan this event, we take your comments into consideration. We revisit workshops, include new topics and tailor the conference's format from the feedback we have received. 

Organizing events of this kind come at a cost for DFCM and these expenses accrue every year.  This year, we will be charging a fee to attendees to ensure the partial recovery of costs incurred for this event. 

The registration fees will be structured as follows: 

  • Faculty Members: $100.00
  • Non-Faculty: $150.00
  • Learners (residents and MD students): $20.00

Registration fees will be used solely to offset the cost of logistics which include catering, conference rooms, and AV. 

We encourage you to email us at should you have any concerns or questions. 


Other New Developments

The committee is pleased to announce new developments for the conference. 

  • The conference will be held on one day only
  • Attendees can choose from five streams: Research, Faculty Development, Quality Improvement, Undergraduate Education and Postgraduate Education streams
  • The Conference is open to all faculty, residents, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni and local and international friends of the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Join your colleagues from Toronto, Canada, and from around the world, as we learn about the work we are all doing to advance family medicine. 

Please contact us at, should you have any questions. 

Registration will be open in January 2018! 

The official hashtag for the conference is #DFCM2018.



Call for Workshops and Poster Abstract

All faculty, staff and residents affiliated with the department are invited to attend this accredited professional development conference.

You are invited to submit an abstract for the following: 

  1. Workshops (90 mins to 120 mins)
  2. Poster sessions (3 mins) 
  3. Research oral presentations (15 mins)

Submit a Workshop or Poster Abstract 

Topics from all areas of family medicine and primary care are welcome; however, the planning committee encourages topics that reflect this year's theme, "Reaching Health for All, We Need You."

How to Submit a Workshop or Poster Abstract
All DFCM faculty, staff and residents are required to complete the submission in the following format (maximum 150 words)

  1.  Proposed title
  2.  Presenters name/site
  3.  Co-presenters (if applicable)
  4.  Brief description 
  5.  Objectives
  6.  CanMEDS-FM roles addressed
  7.  Submission Category: Clinical, Education, Research, QI, Faculty Development, Global Health, Social Accountability, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care and HPE 

* Workshops will be 90 minutes to 120 mins.
* Poster sessions will be facilitated. Authors will have three minutes to give a brief description of their work. 

If you are submitting a research oral presentation (quantitative or qualitative), your submission must also include an abstract (maximum 300 words) in the following format:

  • Context or question
  • Objective
  • Design or methods of data collection
  • Setting
  • Participants
  • Intervention (as pertinent)
  • Outcome measures or data analysis
  • Results or findings
  • Conclusion

For tips to write your abstract, please see materials at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine site: The Office of Education Scholarship at DFCM has excellent resources for all stages of development of your project:

Workshops abstracts submissions are now closed. We request all poster and oral presentation abstracts by January 12, 2018. 


Submit Your Poster Abstract
Submit Your Oral Presentation Abstract


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