AFMC Primer on Population Health - A virtual textbook on Public Health concepts for clinicians.
The integration of Public Health concepts in clinical practice is essential to providing high quality healthcare. This Primer is tailored for medical students, students of other healthcare professions and all health professionals interested in improving their knowledge. Covering the population health objectives of the Medical Council of Canada, the Primer presents the population perspective of health that is relevant to clinical practice and illustrates how public health concepts can be used in clinical situations.
Thirteen prize winning public health teaching tools for use in medical education and other healthcare professional programs, created by healthcare professional learners from across Canada. All tools are freely available under a Creative Commons license; some restrictions may apply.
Public Health Electives for Medical Students: Recommendations and Survey Analysis (2015) (pdf)
Recommendations Poster (pdf)
The AFMC Engaging Medical Students in Public Health Working Group undertook a survey in order to determine the attributes of excellence in elective rotations in public health for medical students. The survey aimed to identify and report on these attributes in order to disseminate best practices for elective rotations offered by medical schools and public health organizations. While the focus of this study was on electives and experiences that might attract and shape the choices of those entering into the public health field, a number of the responses remind us that those ultimately choosing to pursue other disciplines would benefit from such an elective. While this is true of virtually all other disciplines, it is especially appropriate for primary care disciplines. It is also true that many candidates move to public health later in their careers. Thus, these findings are worthy of consideration (and action) by those responsible for the elective programs in each of our 17 medical schools.
Video Series: What is Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM)
Interviews with PHPM physicians who provide excellent reflections to questions medical learners have about their field of medical practice. Interview responses are in the language of speaker, English or French. Produced by the Public Health Physicians of Canada Residents Council.
Presentation: Public Health Medicine as a Career
For medical students and others interested in finding out about careers in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Produced by the Public Health Physicians of Canada Residents Council. PDF is also available in French.
This is an open community supported by The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). We’re working to enhance the teaching of prevention, public and population health in Canada’s medical education programs. This community is open to all health professions, educators and learners, worldwide. You’re welcome to browse, or become a member to engage, Participate in a discussion, search our library collections for tools and teaching resources, or better yet, add your tools to the library.
Public Health Collection in MededPORTAL - public health resources for medical education offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
An Environmental Scan of Best Practices in Public Health Undergraduate Medical Education
While conducted in 2009, many of the findings and recommendations are still relevant today. The outcome of this environmental scan is reported in five volumes and an Executive Synthesis as follows:
Report 1: Peer-Reviewed Literature Scan (pdf)
A scan of peer-reviewed literature on public health undergraduate education from Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and other parts of Europe.
Report 2: AFMC-Furnished Existing Literature Review (pdf)
A review of existing publications/reports on topic areas of interest, including innovations in public health education, results of focus groups conducted with Canadian medical students on public health education and aspects of the integration of public health into the medical education curriculum. A brief discussion of relevant grey literature available from the World Health Organization's website is also included.
Report 3: Interviews with Canadian Medical School Representatives (pdf)
A report detailing opinions gathered from telephone interviews with public health course directors at Canadian faculties of medicine on effective teaching methods and outcome measures, and insights on methods that have not worked.
Report 4: Interviews with International Experts (pdf)
Opinions gathered on successful public health teaching methods in telephone interviews with six selected public health education experts from outside Canada.
Report 5: Strengths, Weaknesses and Applicability of Teaching Methods (pdf)
An examination of educational theory or practices where pedagogical techniques are reviewed to see how various teaching methods may be applied to public health education. Also discussed is how public health concepts can be best taught and integrated within the larger undergraduate medical education curriculum.
Executive Synthesis (pdf)
The Executive Synthesis document provides an overview of the findings reached in the more detailed reports above, together with a series of recommendations grouped together conveniently for consideration by Teachers of Public Health, Program Directors, Department Chairpersons, Deans, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Information for Student-run Public Health Interest Groups
Creating a Public Health Interest Group (PHIG) (pdf)
- Provides suggestions for creating and sustaining a student-run Public Health Interest Group.
Lessons Learned (pdf)
- Highlights lessons learned from Public Health Interest Groups (PHIGs) to assist others in their sustainability, recruitment and retention and activity planning.
ENHANCING PUBLIC HEALTH WITHIN MEDICAL EDUCATION
The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC): A Collective Vision for MD Education
The AFMC is committed to the FMEC Collective Vision. The recommendations are crafted to be interpreted and implemented as a whole. However, each of the 17 Canadian Faculties of Medicine will embrace the recommendations in this report in its own unique way. See Recommendation IV – Promote Prevention and Public Health.
Medical Education for a Healthier Population: Reflections on the Flexner Report from a Public Health Perspective
In this article published by Academic Medicine commemorating the Flexner Centenary, the authors review the progress of U.S. and Canadian medical schools in addressing these principles in the context of contemporary societal health needs, provide an update on efforts in 2010 to address what has long been perceived as a deficit in medical education (inadequate grounding of medical students in public health), and provide new recommendations on how to create important linkages between medical education and public health.
Enhancing the Health of the Population: The Role of Canadian Faculties of Medicine (pdf)
The original Vision Paper presented in 2006 to Council of Deans of Faculties of Medicine by the AFMC Public Health Task Group in support of advancing public health within medical education.