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International delegates visit Family Practice clinics at St. Michael’s Hospital during Besrour Conference

Toronto, November 17, 2015

By Corinne Ton That

Drs. Karen Weyman, Katherine Rouleau and Danyaal Raza, and other delegates
Canadian and international delegates pose alongside Drs. Karen Weyman, Katherine Rouleau and Danyaal Raza at the Sumac Creek Health Centre. (Photo by Dr. Katherine Rouleau)

Representatives from around the world toured Family Practice clinics at St. Michael’s Hospital following the official launch of the Besrour Centre, a space for Canadian and international family medicine experts to collaborate and find ways to increase global access to family medicine.

“I’m extremely proud to be showcasing our truly remarkable department, providing representatives from around the world a glimpse into the great work we do,” said Dr. Katherine Rouleau, a family physician with St. Michael’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and director of the Besrour Centre.

Delegates from Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tunisia, Madagascar, Mali, and representatives from Canadian universities toured the Sumac Creek Health Centre on Nov. 10.

“They were very impressed with the array of services we deliver here at St. Michael’s,” said Dr. Rouleau. “Sumac Creek stands out as an innovative, state-of-the-art family medicine clinic, and the community of Regent Park is an inspiration to many of us.”

A separate group of delegates from Brazil, including Dr. Daniel Soranz, the Secretary of Health for the City of Rio de Janeiro, toured another St. Michael’s family medicine clinic – the Health Centre at 80 Bond – on Nov. 13.

The launch of the Besrour Centre at the Daniels Spectrum community hub in Regent Park coincided with the opening of the fourth annual Besrour Conference, hosted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, its Research and Education Foundation and the Besrour Centre.

The conference brings together Canadian family medicine experts, delegates from international partnerships working with Canadians, and key stakeholders including the World Bank, Health Canada, and the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies, and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians.

“The Besrour Conference allows us to learn from other partners and allows us to find solutions together,” said Dr. Rouleau. “It’s a hub of collaboration where family medicine is adapted, shaped and translated to meet the needs of populations around the world.”

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.