Mar 29 - Jun 14, 2023  |  ALL DAY

Virtual Toronto International Program to Strengthen Family Medicine and Primary Care (V-TIPS)

Registration is now open!

For more information, visit the main Global Health & Equity page. 

Program Description

The virtual edition of the Toronto International Program to Strengthen Family Medicine and Primary Care (V-TIPS) is informed by nearly a decade of engagement with international family medicine leaders and champions through our yearly in-person TIPs-FM program. The virtual program provides an overview of how to leverage excellence in education, research, clinical services and leadership to deliver high quality family medicine globally, by sharing experience and building on lessons learned at the DFCM, in Canada and around the world.

Taught by faculty leaders from the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) and international guest faculty, this year's program will run from March 29 - June 14, 2023.

V-TIPS is delivered over 12 weeks through asynchronous and synchronous sessions with a focus on collaborative learning. The program includes weekly readings, pre-recorded videos, and a weekly 90-minute session delivered live on Zoom on Wednesdays at 7am EST. Where indicated, weekly synchronous sessions are recorded for future reference. In addition, bi-weekly drop-in sessions will be offered.

Program Goal

This program will enable participants to strengthen family medicine (FM) and comprehensive primary care (CPC) in their own setting through state-of-the-art education, evidence-informed high-quality care and transformative leadership.


V-TIPS is a program for current and emerging leaders in the areas of health services delivery, policy and academia interested in strengthening family medicine and comprehensive primary care as a core element of health systems.


By the end of this program, participants will be able to

  1. Critically outline the unique role, common barriers and key enablers of high-quality FM and PC in health systems globally.
  2. Apply system, organization and individual-level strategies to strengthen education and care to respond to local needs.
  3. Demonstrate leadership of self and others to enable improvement.

Course Modules

  1. Knowing where we stand: Family medicine at the heart of health systems
  2. Training the people we need: Education & Training to produce a highly competent family medicine workforce
  3. Delivering care that makes a difference: People-centered care through evidence-informed high-quality services
  4. Catalyzing the progress required: Family medicine leadership to enable transformation and wellness


Delivery Methods

  • Weekly live sessions
  • Weekly recorded content
  • Bi-weekly themed drop-in sessions
  • University of Toronto library access
  • Virtual mentorship
  • Group work
  • Additional readings


Registration fee: Our goal is for our fees to be fair, equitable, and accessible. To this end, program tuition is set on a sliding scale based on the income classification of your country as defined by the World Bank. To see how your country is classified, please see here:

High Income: $1,000 CAD plus 13%HST

Upper-Middle Income: $500 CAD plus 13%HST

Lower and Lower-Middle Income:  $250 CAD  plus 13%HST

Registration deadline: March 8, 2023

Please contact us for more information.



VTIPS 2022