Global Health

A view of Arctic Bay, Nunavut.

Photo credit : Dr. Annelise Miller

The Department of Family Medicine’s Global Health Program encourages our faculty and residents to bring their expertise in caring for people of all ages, cultures and circumstances to those who need it most. We work with underserviced communities in Ottawa, Canada’s far north and abroad. We offer a variety of ways for you to gain Global Health experience. Our elective opportunities include:

  • Local – Ottawa Inner City Health, Ottawa Refugee and Immigrant Health, Newcomers Clinic
  • Rural and remote – Baffin Island, Moose Factory and Sioux Lookout
  • International – Bénin, Guyana and self-designed

Choosing a Global Health elective is a rewarding and enriching experience. You will:

  • Learn about the global burden of disease and the need to promote global equity in health care;
  • Experience a different medical system, cultural practices and understanding of diseases and treatment;
  • Become familiar with medical and social conditions unique to regions, which will help you improve the quality of care for new Canadians at home;
  • Obtain unique clinical experience in treating diseases that you may encounter in immigrants, refugees and travelers;
  • Get the skills you need to work in Canada’s underserved areas and in low income countries;
  • Experience cross-cultural issues such as language, communication, traditional healing, religious beliefs and family structure—all of which impact the physician-patient relationship;
  • Become more globally sensitive and share your medical knowledge with international colleagues;
  • Learn to enhance standards of care in resource-poor areas; and,
  • Work with other health disciplines to improve care.

If you are interested in pursuing a Global Health focus during your residency, you can visit Elective Opportunities or apply to the Global Health Training Track or to a PGY3 Enhanced Skills certification in Global Health.

For more information, visit:

Action Global Health Network
Faculty of Medicine - Global Health Office

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