This week the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) launches our Annual Report for 2018-2019. Every year, our faculty members continue to expand the role family medicine plays in transforming our health care system, and work together to increase the impact of our work locally, nationally and internationally. This past year has been no different.
Our Annual Report not only reflects our important work and accomplishments over the past year but also outlines the culmination of our department’s achievements over the past 50 years.
In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of DFCM, we have included facts about DFCM’s history throughout the report to provide insight into the journey our department has taken over the past half century. In just 50 years, DFCM has grown from an initial cohort of 24 residents, a handful of faculty members and one administrative staff member, to 1700 faculty members, 40 administrative staff, 395 residents, 91 fellows and graduate students, 14 fully-affiliated academic teaching hospital sites, 4 rural teaching hospital sites, a large number of community-based clinics, and much more.
Among the highlights from this year’s report:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated DFCM as the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care.
- DFCM continued to increase our global impact by becoming the second family residency program in the world, and the first in North America, to receive global accreditation from the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).
- DFCM released the inaugural University of Toronto Family Medicine Report, a groundbreaking report developed with patient partners and drawing on the electronic medical records of over 500,000 people, detailing the contributions of family medicine towards the health and wellbeing of the people of the Greater Toronto Area.
- Our department held our first residency graduation event for all our family medicine graduates. Photos of our graduating residents can be found in the report.
- DFCM welcomed Dr. Suzanne Shoush as our first Indigenous Health Faculty Lead as a critical part of our department’s response and commitment to the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
I hope you will take the time to see what our remarkable faculty, staff, residents, students, alumni and partners have been achieving by working together over the past 12 months.
And there’s much more in store in the year to come.
Last Saturday, we held our second Toronto International Conference on Quality in Primary Care. Led by our Vice-Chair of Quality and Innovation, Dr. Tara Kiran, and Trish O’Brien, the conference attracted delegates from the Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Ethiopia, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, as well as Canada, to share insights into our colleagues and their organizations are employing innovative ways to address health equity.
Tonight, we will be hosting a conversation between DFCM faculty member, Dr. Jane Philpott, and Stephen Lewis on “Family Medicine, Holistic Care and the Ongoing Global AIDS Crisis”.
Our next Celebration of Education Scholarship will take place on November 28th and 29th and features Dr. Janet Corral from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Our 2020 Annual DFCM Conference in April will focus on the role and potential of Artificial Intelligence (get your abstracts in now). And we will launch the 2nd edition of the University of Toronto Family Medicine Report at the conference.
And – save the date – we will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Thank You Event for all of our current and former faculty and staff on March 31, 2020.
Thank you for all the work you are doing to support the important and influential work of our department, and the many contributions we are making to support the health and wellbeing our individual patients, our communities, our nation and our world.
Professor and Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine