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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

IPAC-RCPSC: First Nations, Inuit & Métis Health Initiative
The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have been working collaboratively on a multiphase project to improve the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations.

The first phase of this project focused on developing core competencies in First Nations, Inuit and Métis health for postgraduate and continuing medical education programs. The frameworks for both of these programs are available for PDF Postgraduate and PDF Continuing Medical Education

The second phase of this project focused on developing and piloting core curriculum in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health for select disciplines - Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry. Links to these resources will be added as soon as they are available. For more information, contact: info at -or- ipac-rcpscproject at

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