E-Learning Initiatives

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) has partnered with key organizations and stakeholders on new e-learning initiatives for healthcare education. In this section, you will find information on the following:

AFMC Primer on Population Health

A virtual textbook on public health concepts for clinicians.

Covering the population health objectives of the Medical Council of Canada, the Primer presents the population perspective of health that is relevant to clinical practice and illustrates how public health concepts can be used in clinical situations. This Primer is tailored for medical students, students in other healthcare professions and all health professionals interested in improving their knowledge.


Canadian Healthcare Education Commons/Collaboration pour l'éducation en santé au Canada (CHEC-CESC)

Online community and professional network for healthcare learners and educators.

CHEC-CESC is a place to support collaborative learning and teaching for the health professions. Faculty and students can interact, share and create resources in a secure and simple online environment. CHEC-CESC is free to join and use. It features resource collections of Virtual Patient cases and public health learning objects. Be a part of the community!


e-Learning Resources on Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education in Canada

AFMC and the Palix Foundation have partnered to provide funding and support for the development of a suite of e-learning tools on early brain and biological development and addictions for undergraduate medical education. The suite of resources includes virtual patients, a primer (e-textbook), and podcast series. Topics that will be covered include core concepts of early child development, epigenetics, intervention and treatment strategies, and system responses to addiction.

Learn more about Addiction e-Learning.
e-Learning Resources on Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education in Canada

AFMC-Infoway Physician in Training: e-Health Curriculum and e-Learning Project

In the first project phase, AFMC with Infoway created a network of eHealth experts, educators and learners; conducted an environmental scan of eHealth at Canadian medical schools; generated eHealth Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Education; ran a virtual patient challenge for learners and recognized faculty excellence through the AFMC-Infoway eHealth award. In this second phase, AFMC, with Infoway are developing eHealth faculty development (FD) workshops designed to “Train the Trainer” and support the integration of eHealth competencies into medial school curricula. There will be four workshops -  personal and shared information management; clinical informational management; clinical decision management; and health communications management – each will be conducted several times from January to March 2016. A toolkit containing key teachings as podcasts abstracted from the FD workshops and supplementary study guides will be available.

Other eHealth resources can be found in eHealth Workshop Toolkit Collection on CHEC.  

AFMC Addiction eLearning for Physician Wellness

AFMC, with support from the Canadian Physician Health Institute, offers a presentation series on wellness for medical students, residents, medical educators, and practicing physicians. The series provides an introspective look at addiction in the healthcare setting. The series explores effective healthcare programs, addresses barriers to wellness such as cultural norms in the workplace and highlights important strategies for early detection and prevention of addiction. Presenters offer expertise and insight on risk factors for addiction, interactions between genetic factors and life experiences, and strategies to enhance self-awareness, self-monitoring and self-reflection.

AFMC Addiction e-Learning for Physician Wellness

If you have questions about the initiatives above, please contact Catherine Peirce (email: cpeirce at afmc.ca)


AFMC is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year!

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Stay tuned for further details about the celebration.