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AFMC is the academic partnership of Canada’s faculties of medicine. Through our collective leadership and advocacy, we will achieve excellence in education, research and care for the health of all Canadians.

80 Years of AFMC in Action

The legacy of AFMC is built on the commitment of our faculties of medicine to serving the needs of Canadians, to leading innovation in medical education and health research.

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AFMC Began
Schools
  • Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine - Halifax, NS
  • Université Laval, Faculté de médecine - Quebec City, QC
  • Université de Montréal, Faculté de médecine - Montreal, QC
  • McGill University, Faculty of Medicine - Montreal, QC
  • Queen's University at Kingston, School of Medicine - Kingston, ON
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine - Toronto, ON
  • Western University, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - London, ON
  • University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine - Winnipeg, MB
  • University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine - Saskatoon, SK
  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry - Edmonton, AB
Schools
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine - Vancouver, BC
  • Université de Sherbrooke, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé - Sherbrooke, QC
CCME
Annual Meeting Attendance Picks Up Steam

CAPER-ORIS
Following incorporation in 1961, the association established a program of national statistical studies in medical education.
Governance
Letters Patent of Incorporation were approved by the Registrar General of Canada in 1961, in which they were simply and inclusively defined as "To promote the advancement of medical education."
Governance
ACMC Incorporation
Accreditation
LCME is Original Accreditation body for Canadian Medical Schools
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AFMC
Dr. J. Wendell Macleod - AFMC Executive Secretary (1962-1970)

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Governance
Dr. J.F. McCreary, President of the AFMC Board of Directors (1964-1967)

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AFMC
Health Workforce Planning

Schools
  • McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine - Hamilton, ON
  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine - Calgary, AB
Schools
  • Memorial University, Faculty of Medicine - St. John's, NL
Governance
Executive Director - Dr. Douglas Waugh
Accreditation
CACMS - Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools comes into formal existence In 1979, the first Canadian Medical Education Statistics Report was published.

CCME
Annual Meeting - ACMC and ACTH Branch off to host Annual Meeting together
Governance
Dr. Gilles Hurteau
Governance
Executive Director - Dr. de Guise Vaillancourt
Governance
Dr. J. Rochon
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AFMC
Staff

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Branding AFMC launches new logo
Governance
Dr. W. Webber
Governance
Dr. R. L. Cruess

CAPER-ORIS
In 1988, six medical organizations and the federal government created CAPER.
CCME
Annual Meeting Attendance Picks Up Steam
CAPER-ORIS
In 1989, CAPER published the first Annual Census of Post-M.D. Trainees, a comprehensive picture of the numbers and types of physicians in training.
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AFMC
Dr. Harvey Barkun, AFMC Executive Director (1989-1995)

Governance
Dr. Mamoru Watanabe
Governance
Dr. Jock Murray
Governance
Dr. Serge Carrière
Governance
Dr. John Seely
CCME
Annual Meeting - Inaugural J. Wendell MacLeod Lecture
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AFMC
Dr. David Hawkins Executive Director (1995-2005)

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AFMC
AFMC and Partners

Governance
Dr. Eldon Smith
Governance
Dr. Arnold Aberman
Governance
Dr. Lorne Tyrell

CAPER-ORIS
The CMAJ published the “Class of 1989” study.
Governance
Dr. Lorne Tyrell
Governance
Dr. John Cairns
CCME
Annual Meeting - Last year with ACAHO - Formerly ACTH

Social Accountability
A Vision for Canadian Medical Schools” document created by AFMC & Health Canada
Schools
  • Laurentian University I Lakehead University Northern Ontario School of Medicine - Sudbury, ON
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Governance
Dr. Abraham Fuks (2003-2004)

Social Accountability
Partner's Forum Initiative
Governance
ACMC becomes AFMC
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AFMC
AFMC President & CEO - Dr. Nick Busing

CAPER-ORIS
Launched in 2005 by AFMC and CAPER, the National IMG Database brings 37 data providers together to track the flow of IMGs in Canada.
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AFMC
Dr. Carol Hervert, President of the AFMC Board of Directors (2005-2006)

CCME
Med Ed Conference - Current partnership with AFMC, CAME, CFPC, MCC, RCPSC is created to host the Medical Education Conference.
Public Health
Recommendations to the Council of Deans
Public Health
Enhancing the Health of the Population: The Role of Canadian Faculties of Medicine
Governance
Dr. Gavin Stuart
Indigenous Health
Best Practices to Recruit Mature Aboriginal Students to Medicine
Indigenous Health
IPAC-AFMC Pre-Admissions Support Toolkit for First Nations, Inuit, Métis Students into Medicine
AFMC Publications
Gravitas
AIPHE
AIPHE is formed - Phase 1
Branding
AFMC Launches New Corporate Logo

National IMG Database Report
In 2008, the first edition of the National IMG Database Report was published.

CAPER-ORIS
In 2008, AFMC and CAPER roll out new products bringing data to current health care issues.
e-Learning
Canadian Health Care Education Commons Initiative
CCME
The Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) is born
e-Learning
Study of Clinical Teachers in Canadian Faculties of Medicine
Governance
Dr. Harold Cook
e-Learning
CHEC-CESC Virtual Patient Challenge
Public Health
An Environmental Scan of Best Practices in Public Health Undergraduate Medical Education
Indigenous Health
IPAC-AFMC First Nations, Inuit, Métis Health Core Competencies Framework for UGME

IPAC: IPAC AFMC FN/I/M Health Core Competencies video
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Branding
CCME launches new logo

Governance
Dr. James Rourke
FMEC
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada releases transformative report on medical education in Canada
e-Learning
Addictions e-learning Environmental Scan
Indigenous Health
IPAC-AFMC First Nations, Inuit & Métis Health Curriculum Implementation Toolkit

IPAC-AFMC First Nations, Inuit & Métis Health Critical Reflection Tool
e-Learning
Canadian Health Care Education Commons Initiative
AIPHE
AIPHE - Implementation Phase 2
e-Learning
Canadian Collaborative for Clinical Teachers

AFMC - Infoway Physician in Training e-Health Curriculum & e-Learning
Public Health
Primer on Population Health
e-Learning
e-Learning Resources on Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education in Canada
e-Learning
CHEC-CESC Virtual Patient Challenge
e-Learning
National Consultation Meeting on Visiting Electives
e-Learning
AFMC-Infoway, e-Health Award
CAPER-ORIS
In 2012, CAPER takes new steps to get more out the CAPER Database.
e-Learning
National Forum on Clinical Teaching
FMEC
Ten recommendations for postgraduate medical education released in the ground-breaking Future of Medical Education in Canada project report.
FMEC
Consortium partners commitment for FMEC PG implementation
FMEC
AFMC releases The Future of Medical Education in Canada postgraduate project public report.
e-Learning
Podcast Series on Addiction for UME
e-Learning
AFMC Student Portal – Partnership with U of T

Recommendations to enhance e-health training in medical curriculum
CAPER-ORI
AFMC data dates back to 1940, when 25 (4%) of MD grads were women. Fast forward to 2013 when 1,518 (58%) of all MD grads were women!
FMEC
Funding for implementation project
CCME
Attendance Surpasses 1500 delegates!
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Governance
Dr. Genevieve Moineau AFMC President & CEO (2013-present)

Public Health
Students/Residents in Healthcare: AFMC Public Health Learning Tools Challenge
e-Learning
AFMC procures software development contract for The AFMC Student Portal
CCME
Conjoint Conference with the Ottawa Conference
CAPER-ORIS
“Social Accountability: A Vision for Canadian Medical Schools” document created by AFMC & Health Canada
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AFMC
Celebrates 75 Years of Legacy

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Our Vision

Through our collective leadership and advocacy, we achieve excellence in education, research, and social accountability for the health of all Canadians.

Our Mission

We collaboratively lead and deliver a highly responsive system of medical education and research aligned with the health needs of all Canadians driven by the highest standards of quality, excellence, and social accountability.

Our Strategic Plan

AFMC consulted with the academic medicine community, our committees, networks and working groups to build our 2021-2023 strategic plan. We look forward to advancing this new strategic plan and engaging our entire academic medicine community.

Our Values

Our values guide and define how we approach our work.

Statement Against Discrimination

As the voice of academic medicine in Canada, we, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, stand against racial discrimination as well as all other forms of discrimination. The AFMC is committed to working with health partners to ensure that our environments are diverse, inclusive, culturally safe and foster equity. We will implement institutional change and lead in addressing systemic racism through education and curricular innovation, research and advocacy for equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

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Founded in 1943, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) represents Canada’s 17 faculties of medicine and is the voice of academic medicine in this country. Our member faculties graduate over 2,700 MDs per year; teach over 11,500 undergraduate medical students; train over 15,000 postgraduate trainees; employ nearly 48,000 full and part-time faculty members and undertake over 3 billion dollars of biomedical and health care research annually.

 

AFMC is a registered charity that works to represent and support the mandates of our medical faculties – research, medical education and clinical care. Our advocacy initiatives are tailored to keeping these issues high on the federal government’s agenda and ensure that Canada’s faculties of medicine serve as important resources to decision-makers in this country.

Meet AFMC

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The AFMC Board of Directors

AFMC is governed by the Board of Directors, comprised of the Deans of the 17 Faculties of Medicine and up to 4 public members.

Board Members

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Peter Nickerson

Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) and Distinguished Professor, Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Chair of the AFMC Board of Directors

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David Anderson

Dean of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Past Chair of the AFMC Board of Directors

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Julien Poitras

Dean, Faculté de médecine, Université Laval

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Dominique Dorion

Dean, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke

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Patrick Cossette

Dean, Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal

Lesley Fellows

Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

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Bernard Jasmin

Dean and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

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Jane Philpott

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University

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John Yoo

Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

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Paul O’Byrne

Dean & Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

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Patricia Houston

Interim Dean, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

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Sarita Verma

President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean and CEO of NOSM University

Dolores McKeen

Interim Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University

Marilyn Baetz

Interim Dean of Medicine

University of Saskatchewan

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Brenda Hemmelgarn

Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

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Todd Anderson

Dean, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

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Dermot Kelleher

Professor, Department of Medicine, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Vice-President, Health, University of British Columbia

Public Board Members

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Anne McFarlane

Anne McFarlane is a retired civil servant and former Vice-President with the Canadian Institute for Health Information. She sits on the Boards of the Vancouver Island Health Authority and Canadian Blood Services. Anne has previously been a Board Member of Providence Healthcare in Vancouver and the Michael Smith Foundation.

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Brent Norton

Brent Norton is an accomplished business leader with experience across several successful enterprises which have achieved significant product sales, returns for investors and positively impacted hundreds of thousands of lives. He has been an active member of several boards of directors and an active volunteer.

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Kaylynn Purdy

Kaylynn Purdy completed her medical education at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is currently an adult neurology resident at the University of Alberta and health policy student at Stanford University. She is formerly a member of the CFMS Board, CaRMS Board, and Professional Association of Residents of Alberta Board.

Foluke Laosebikan

Dr. Foluke Laosebikan is a Solicitor from Melfort, Saskatchewan, where she founded her own legal practice, FLK Law Firm. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995 and to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2011. Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Laosebikan immigrated to Canada in 2004. Since then, she has been a dedicated volunteer, sitting on the board of directors of Collaborative Professionals of Saskatchewan for several years and on the Board of the Law Society of Saskatchewan where she has served as a Bencher since 2017 and has participated in and chaired various committees.

AFMC By-Laws

17 Faculties of Medicine

The AFMC Committees and Networks provide guidance in all facets of academic medicine. They bring together representatives from across all faculties of medicine and provide national guidance on a wide range of topics.