Global Health

Megan Williams, Director, Global Health

Megan Williams MD, CCFP - Director, Global Health

The vision for Global Health at the DFM is to help eliminate health inequities both locally and globally by promoting excellence in primary health care education and delivery.  2016 was another year of progress towards this goal, with residents and educators engaged in global health teaching, scholarship and clinical care in order to assist communities with unmet health needs thereby promoting social accountability in our current and future practices.

Top Accomplishments

  • Faculty members made 14 visits to Guyana and three to Shanghai to provide education and support to our programs, the Guyana Family Medicine Residency Program and the Jiao Tong Department of Family Medicine at the Ottawa Shanghai Joint School of Medicine
  • Global Health Travel Bursary established to financially support a student or resident who will participate in a global health initiative supported by the Department of Family Medicine
  • Teaching sites participated in Syrian Refugee Screening Clinics
  • Indigenous Health Curriculum was expanded in our postgraduate program
  • A partnership with Academics Without Borders was established to build capacity in research and public health skills for Guyanese physicians


  • 35 residents participated in the Global Health Training Track
  • 19 residents completed an elective in an Indigenous community
  • 3 residents completed electives overseas in Guyana, Haiti and Thailand
  • 11 Guyanese physicians participated in the Guyana Family Medicine Residency Program
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