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The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the voice of family medicine in Canada. The CFPC defines the specialty of family medicine in Canada, maintains its integrity and reputation, and works to continuously improve the health care of Canadians.

With more than 35,000 members, the CFPC is the professional organization responsible for establishing the standards for training, certification, and lifelong learning in family medicine and for advocating on behalf of family physicians and their patients. The CFPC is engaged at every level in the delivery of family medicine care, including reviewing and accrediting continuing professional development programs and materials and accrediting postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College also advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.

The Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) of the CFPC is the only charitable organization in Canada solely dedicated to supporting the research and education initiatives carried out by family doctors on behalf of their patients. The CFPC absorbs the administrative and staffing expenses of the FAFM, allowing 100 per cent of donations to directly support these initiatives and recognize excellence in practice. A contribution to the FAFM is an investment in improved health for the population. Patients benefit from fine-tuned skills, continuous innovation, and thoughtful research conducted through the holistic lens of their family doctors. 

Dr Sadok Besrour is a Canadian family physician, a visionary, and a philanthropist. He was born in Djerba, Tunisia, and has lived in Montreal, Quebec, since 1969. Inspired by his personal experience of collaboration in developing family medicine in his native Tunisia, Dr Besrour envisioned a centre where both the expertise of the CFPC and the experience of Canadian family physicians could be leveraged—through collaboration with international partners and global stakeholders—to increase access to people-centered and community-informed quality care around the world. In 2007, he established the Dr Sadok Besrour Fund for the Development of Medicine in Tunisia, which supports cooperation projects, scholarships, and awards at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal and at the four Tunisian university faculties of medicine. Find more information on Dr Sadok Besrour.

The Dr Sadok Besrour Foundation, also established by Dr Besrour, has funded several annual awards of excellence in family medicine at the CHUM Notre-Dame, at the CFPC, and in Tunisia.


The Besrour Centre brings together Canadian and international family medicine experts, academics, communities, patients, and key stakeholders to advance the discipline of family medicine as a pathway to health equity around the world.




Besrour World Map 

Countries highlighted green are those engaged in the Besrour network. Besrour partners engage at varying levels.  

Other Canadian and global partners and stakeholders include:

  • Conférence internationale des doyens et des facultés de médicine d’expression française(CIDMEF), a forum that supports global faculties of medicine
  • WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life of people of the world through respect for universal human rights and by fostering high standards of care in general practice/family medicine
  • The World Bank Group, a family of five international organizations that make leveraged loans to developing countries

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