Indigenous Health Needs

We are pleased to provide you with a report on the AFMC activities focused on Indigenous Health at the Board meeting over the period of CCME, April 28 to May 3, 2017, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Based upon the recommendations of the AFMC Board and of the participants to the open session with the Board, we are to take the following next steps:

1. Set up the Network on Indigenous Health with the mandate to:

(a) Function as a collegium to provide topic specific support across the Faculties, namely:

I. A review and refresh of AFMC-IPAC competencies and curricula in indigenous health;

II. A review of the Faculties of Medicine responses to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and

III. A position paper on the Role of the Medical Schools and their Social Accountability in addressing Indigenous Health issues in Canada.

(b) Provide a venue for forums for discussions of national interest;

(c) Share knowledge and experience among Leaders across Faculties of Medicine, and with AFMC Committees as requested.

2. Establish an ad-hoc Board Committee of Deans to provide advice to the Board on advocacy, leadership and strategic planning on indigenous health education and training as well as potential funding opportunities.

3. Follow up the meetings and presentations at the CCME 2017 with intention to gather the reports from each Faculty of Medicine on responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Report on Indigenous Health Activities

We are delighted to share this report with you and look forward to your feedback as well as your ongoing commitment to take steps to concretize and implement our intentions as expressed in therein.

We are pleased to advise you that Marcia Anderson will be the inaugural chair of our new AFMC Network on Indigenous Health. We are very excited to work in collaboration with you and indigenous leaders at your medical schools to continue to make the AFMC’s contributions to addressing the needs of indigenous people in Canada meaningful and relevant.

IPAC-AFMC First Nations, Inuit, Métis Health Core Competencies Framework for UGME
Developed through a broad consultation process with many partner stakeholders, the intent of these core competencies is to provide undergraduate medical educators with broad thematic domains around First Nations, Inuit, Métis health knowledge, skills and attitudes to engage in both patient and community-centered approaches to health care delivery with and for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Implementation of these core competencies will help increase cultural competency and safety between Indigenous and non-Indigenous medical learners/ faculty and between physicians and Indigenous peoples/communities. Updated in April 2009

IPAC-AFMC First Nations, Inuit & Métis Health Curriculum Implementation Toolkit
This toolkit was established on the premise of collaboration with the diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FN/I/M) communities served by the faculties of medicine in order to advance the FN/I/M Health Core Competencies: A Curriculum Framework for Undergraduate Medical Education. The implementation of the core competencies will necessitate the use of old and new resources, varied approaches to teaching, robust evaluation and sustained, equitable participation from those affected by these changes. Grounded in community engagement, it is formatted on the sacred symbol of many peoples, the circle; a recognition of the cyclic nature of development, change and revision. April 2010

IPAC-AFMC First Nations, Inuit & Métis Health Critical Reflection Tool
A supporting resource of the Curriculum Implementation Toolkit that poses questions to be addressed at each stage of First Nations, Inuit and Métis health curriculum implementation. April 2010

Survey Results on UGME Indigenous Health Curriculum
Survey results from a questionnaire distributed in March 2008 to all Canadian medical faculties by the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) and AFMC to obtain information on Indigenous health curriculum in undergraduate medical education.

IPAC-AFMC summary of Indigenous health curriculum in Canadian undergraduate medical education programs (March 2008)

Information for Indigenous students interested in becoming a doctor - from the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.

IPAC-AFMC Summary of Admissions and Student Support Programs for Indigenous Students at Canadian Faculties of Medicine – March 2008
Results of a survey conducted in March 2008 on the policies, programs and activities in place at each Canadian faculty of medicine to support the recruitment and retention of Indigenous students into medicine. The content of this summary should be used for basic information and cannot be considered wholly accurate. Be sure to speak directly to the medical school(s) for up-to-date information on any of their programs.

Best Practices to Recruit Mature Aboriginal Students to Medicine
An environmental scan of best practices to recruit mature Aboriginal students to medicine with results from surveys and web scans of Canadian, Australian and New Zealand undergraduate faculties of medicine, Aboriginal student services and Aboriginal-specific academic programs at Canadian universities.

IPAC-AFMC Pre-Admissions Support Toolkit for First Nations, Inuit, Métis Students into Medicine
Created through a national workshop hosted by AFMC and the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC), this toolkit gives medical faculties a guideline of things that work to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis students' success in their application to a faculty of medicine and during their medical education.

Collaboration Yields Results In Aboriginal Health Education and Recruitment Initiatives
By: Barbie Shore
Gravitas, December 2007

Moving Forward! AFMC - IPAC Aboriginal Health Initiatives
FORUM, March 2007

Proceedings of the March 2006 Stakeholders' Strategic Planning Workshop for Increasing the Number of Aboriginal Physicians in Canada
Hosted by AFMC and IPAC

Aboriginal Health - Joint Partnership of AFMC and Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada!
FORUM, June 2006

Proceedings of the AFMC/UBC Workshop on Admissions & Support of Aboriginal Students in Medicine
Vancouver BC - June 12-14, 2005

AFMC/UBC Workshop on Admissions & Support of Aboriginal Students in Medicine
FORUM, September 2005

Aboriginal Clinical Practice Guidelines
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Social Accountability - A Vision for Canadian Medical Schools: Update January 2005
FORUM, March 2005

The Social Accountability Initiative Moves Forward
FORUM, March 2005