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AFMC Primer on Population Health - A virtual textbook on Public Health concepts for clinicians.

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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.

Educator’s Summary of AFMC Public Health Learning Tools (pdf) (doc)

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.

Part 1: What do public health physicians do?

Part 2: How would you advise students with an interest in public health to explore the field?

Part 3: What are your passions and most interesting experiences in public health?

Part 4: Where is public health going in the next 10 – 15 years?

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.

Public Health Education eCommunity and Library

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
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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. 

The Public Health Imperative: Revising the Medical School Curriculum

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This article investigates the approach to public health in the U.S., including integrating a broader context of public health education in medical schools. 

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Intervention to Address Intergenerational Trauma: Overcoming, Resisting and Preventing Structural Violence

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"This report discusses practices for healing the effects of intergenerational trauma in Aboriginal youth. Intergenerational trauma is the transmission of historical oppression and its negative consequences across generations. There is evidence of the impact of intergenerational trauma on the health and well-being and on the health and social disparities faacing Aboriginal peoples in Canada and in other countries."

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Outbreak Management Tutorial

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Tutorial on disease management. After completion, the student will be able to:

- define an outbreak

- define the main steps in an outbreak investigation

- describe the role and relationship of the legislation behind reportable communicable diseases with respect to outbreak investigations 

- describe approaches to mitigate ongoing spread of disease during an outbreak investigation and to prevent or reduce the risk of outbreak recurrence

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Parachute - Prévenir les blessures. Sauvez des vies.

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Avalable in English

Parachute est un organisme national à but non lucratif dont la mission est de prévenir les blessures et de sauver des vies. L’organisme, qui a vu officiellement le jour en juillet 2012 pour devenir un chef de file en prévention des blessures, regroupe les anciens organismes Communautés sécuritaires Canada, SécuriJeunes Canada, SAUVE-QUI-PENSE et Pensez d’Abord Canada. 

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Parachute - Preventing Injuries. Saving lives.

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Available in French

Parachute is a national, charitable organization, formed in July 2012, which unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one strong leader in injury prevention. 

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Interactive Website for Teaching the Dangers of UV Radiation

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Hi all!  Not sure if you are working on artificial tanning bans in your jurisdictions, but if you are you might like to look at our website www.thebigburn.ca Its an interactive website, mostly aimed at parents of teens who tan, but also youth. 

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The Public Health Imperative: Revising the Medical School Curriculum

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This article investigates the approach to public health in the U.S., including integrating a broader context of public health education in medical schools. 

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Intervention to Address Intergenerational Trauma: Overcoming, Resisting and Preventing Structural Violence

Kate Proctor's picture

"This report discusses practices for healing the effects of intergenerational trauma in Aboriginal youth. Intergenerational trauma is the transmission of historical oppression and its negative consequences across generations. There is evidence of the impact of intergenerational trauma on the health and well-being and on the health and social disparities faacing Aboriginal peoples in Canada and in other countries."

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Outbreak Management Tutorial

Kate Proctor's picture

Tutorial on disease management. After completion, the student will be able to:

- define an outbreak

- define the main steps in an outbreak investigation

- describe the role and relationship of the legislation behind reportable communicable diseases with respect to outbreak investigations 

- describe approaches to mitigate ongoing spread of disease during an outbreak investigation and to prevent or reduce the risk of outbreak recurrence

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Parachute - Prévenir les blessures. Sauvez des vies.

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Avalable in English

Parachute est un organisme national à but non lucratif dont la mission est de prévenir les blessures et de sauver des vies. L’organisme, qui a vu officiellement le jour en juillet 2012 pour devenir un chef de file en prévention des blessures, regroupe les anciens organismes Communautés sécuritaires Canada, SécuriJeunes Canada, SAUVE-QUI-PENSE et Pensez d’Abord Canada. 

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Parachute - Preventing Injuries. Saving lives.

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Available in French

Parachute is a national, charitable organization, formed in July 2012, which unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one strong leader in injury prevention. 

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Rapport de la Commission royale sur les peuples autochtones

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Available in English

The report outlines the main themes and conclusions of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Chapters are devoted to major topics such as treaties, economic development, healht, housing, Metis perspectives and the North.

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About the Implementation of the FMEC Collective Vision for Recommendation IV: Promote Prevention and Public Health

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(Le français suit)

The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC): A Collective Vision for MD Education identifies uniquely Canadian challenges in MD education and offers a transformative vision forward.  The ten recommendations and five enabling recommendations of the collective vision strike a balance between the impetus for change, what is currently being done, and what remains to be done. 

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) has created this online community to support the members who are actively involved in the strategy for implementation of:

 

 Recommendation IV: Promote Prevention and Public Health

Promoting a healthy Canadian population requires a multifaceted approach that engages the full continuum of health and health care.  Faculties of Medicine have a critical role to play in enabling this requirement and must therefore enhance the integration of prevention and public health competencies to a greater extent in the MD education curriculum.

Links to an example of an implementation mapping toolkit, the FMEC Workshop Report, the FMEC website, and the FMEC national literature reviews can be accessed through the community library.

About this Community

The aim of this community is to have all members contributing to these activities and the overall implementation by using the collaborative tools including a virtual library, events calendar, blog and discussion forum, and wikis.  

All members from the Canadian faculties of medicine and stakeholders who have been involved in the FMEC collective vision activities have been invited to join the community. This is a moderated community. If you are not a member of this community, you are welcome to request membership.

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 Le rapport intitulé L'avenir de l'éducation médicale au Canada : Une vision collective pour les études médicales prédoctorales identifie des défis des études médicales prédoctorales particuliers au Canada et offre une vision transformatrice pour aller de l'avant. Les dix recommandations et les cinq recommandations habilitantes de la vision collective départagent les impératifs pour un changement, ce qui est actuellement en train d'être accompli et ce qu'il reste à faire.

L'Association des facultés de médecine du Canada (AFMC) a mis sur pied cette communauté virtuelle afin d'appuyer les membres qui participent activement à la stratégie de mise en œuvre de :

Recommandation IV : Promouvoir la prévention et la santé publique

La promotion d’une population canadienne en santé exige une approche multidimensionnelle
qui met à contribution le continuum complet de la santé et des soins de santé. Les facultés de
médecine ont un rôle essentiel à jouer pour répondre à cette exigence et doivent, par
conséquent, intégrer davantage les compétences en prévention et en santé publique dans le
curriculum des études médicales prédoctorales.

Vous pouvez accéder aux liens menant au rapport d'atelier sur l'AEMC, au siteWeb du projet sur l'AEMC, et à l'analyse documentaire à l'échelle nationale dans le cadre du projet sur l'AEMC à partir de la bibliothèque communautaire.

Quelques mots sur cette communauté

Cette communauté désire que tous les membres contribuent à ces activités et à la mise en œuvre globale en utilisant les outils collaboratifs, notamment une bibliothèque virtuelle, un calendrier d'événements, un blog et un forum de discussion de même que des wikis.

Il s'agit d'une communauté dirigée. Si vous n'en êtes pas membre, nous vous invitons à présenter une demande d'adhésion. Tous les membres des facultés de médecine canadiennes ainsi que les intervenants qui ont pris part aux activités portant sur la vision collective du projet sur l'AEMC ont été invités à joindre les rangs de la communauté.

AFMC Public Health Learning Tools Challenge Award Winners Announced

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Nearly 100 healthcare professional learners from across Canada participated in the AFMC Public Health Learning Tools Challenge to create learning / teaching tools on public health topics that will be used to enhance their education.  A panel of judges including public health physicians, medical educators, students and residents selected the 13 award winners. Financial support was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Educator's Summary of AFMC Public Health Learning Tools

Lauréats du Concours de production d’outils pédagogiques en santé publique de l’AFMC

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Près de 100 professionnels des soins de santé en formation de l’ensemble du Canada ont participé au Concours de production d’outils pédagogiques en santé publique de l’AFMC en vue de créer des outils d’apprentissage / d’enseignement pouvant être utilisés pour rehausser leur formation. Un groupe de juges composé entre autres de médecins spécialistes en santé publique, d’enseignants en médecine, d’étudiants et de résidents ont sélectionné les 13 lauréats. L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada a offert son soutien financier au projet.

Outils pédagogiques en santé publique de l’AFMC – Résumé des éducateurs

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