The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine at the College of Family Physicians of Canada


The Besrour Centre is a hub of international collaboration dedicated to advancing family medicine as a pathway to health equity

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Our vision is to lead the way in creating a world where no one is left behind when it comes to accessing quality primary care.

Our mission is to foster collaboration to advance family medicine around the world.

Our Values
The Besrour Centre will be guided by the following values:

  • Equity – by recognizing the inherent dignity of every human being and the just distribution of resources and access to marginalized and vulnerable groups
  • Justice – by ensuring that individuals and groups have fair and impartial access to the benefits of society, including the right to health
  • Excellence – by striving and adhering to the highest standards of quality, integrity, professionalism, leadership, and evidence-informed and patient-centred care
  • Reciprocity – by promoting the collaborative and multidirectional exchange of experience, knowledge, and capacity-building among partners and their communities
  • Respect – for each other’s cultures, norms, and perspectives
Spheres of Activity
1. We advance medical education & training.
We do this by:
  • Outlining the foundations of family medicine in education and health systems
  • Improving the training of generalist physicians
  • Strengthening the teaching capacity of family medicine programs
2. We advocate
We do this by:
  • Developing partnerships
  • Creating networks of experts
  • Contributing to efforts to advance social accountability
3. We foster research
We do this by:
  • Identifying and addressing the research gaps of our community members
  • Building research capacity
  • Create and disseminate knowledge created by the Besrour community

Definitions

Family medicine: Preventive and curative medical care, most commonly but not exclusively delivered in the primary care setting; involves a physician’s care and, in an increasing number of settings, includes care by allied care professionals working as teams

Family physician: A physician who provides effective, motivated, person-centred, comprehensive, community-informed, and competently trained (EMPCCCT) generalist medical care. The term general practitioner has also been used to describe this role.  

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