Our Work

Working groups, research teams, and Besrour-CFPC-Logo consultation experts carry out the activities of the Besrour Centre. Each working group and team has a clearly identified leader and includes representation from at least two Canadian universities and two partner countries.

The Besrour Centre has 5 active working groups. These groups centre the collaborative work of the Besrour Centre on the development of tools and strategies for achieving the Besrour strategic directions. The foci of the Besrour Working Groups are as follows:

Narratives & FM Mapping

This group is tasked with the collection and analysis of narratives describing the emergence of family medicine in all Besrour partner countries, with a goal of identifying themes and strategies that enable the development of family medicine in various contexts. Thought-provoking narratives from 14 countries can be found at ‘view & search all the narratives’.

Advocacy, Community Engagement, and Ethics

Within the Advocacy Working Group, a first subgroup is developing an advocacy framework and tools to advocate for family medicine before high-level audiences such as ministries of health and deans of medical schools.

A second subgroup is developing an ethical framework and tools for the establishment of ethically sound, academic, international partnerships.

A third subgroup is developing a toolkit for community engagement to support the establishment of family medicine as the foundation of health systems.

Submissions to Minister Bibeau’s Launch to Canada’s International Assistance Review and Consultations

In May 2016, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, launched a public review and consultations to renew Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework. The aim was to rethink Canada’s policies and programs in order to better respond to the challenges and opportunities of the new global context.

The goal of the consultations was to determine how Canada can best refocus its international assistance in support of the poorest and most vulnerable people and fragile states, and to shape Canada’s approach to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In July 2016, three separate submissions were sent to Minister Bibeau highlighting the important role of family medicine and robust primary health care in Canada’s international development policy. Please click below to view:

The Besrour Centre (Full Submission)
The Besrour Centre (Click here for 1 page Summary)
University of Sherbrooke (French only)
University of Toronto

Faculty Development Working Group

This working group is tasked with creating tools to advance faculty development in settings where family medicine is emerging, with a goal of creating a cadre of faculty who can advocate and develop the discipline of family medicine—including cases where no local family physicians are yet available to train future cohorts.

Continued Medical Education

The CPD Working Group is tasked with devising tools and strategies to enhance the continuing professional development of generalist physicians in the global South, including generalist physicians who have not benefited from postgraduate training, with a goal of strengthening both the quality and community responsiveness of generalist comprehensive care.

Besrour Papers Working Group

This group is tasked with developing a series of papers disseminating the work of the four previously noted working groups, to be published in academic journals, including Canadian Family Physician.

Scientific Committee Poster Presentations

2017 Besrour Forum Poster Presentations

Besrour Centre Learner Group

As a result of the Besrour Centre’s continued growth, a Learner Group has been developed to help connect interested Canadian and international family medicine residents with projects currently in progress. This will provide residents who are interested in strengthening family medicine around the world with the ability to engage with other like-minded individuals.

Learner Group Document


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