IPAC – AFMC Resources

June 29, 2010

Dear Colleagues,
The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) and The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) are pleased to announce the release of two new documents to support the implementation of Indigenous health curriculum at all Canadian faculties of medicine. They are:1. First Nations, Inuit, Métis Health Core Competencies: Curriculum Implementation Toolkit for Undergraduate Medical Education
2. First Nations, Inuit, Métis Health Core Competencies: Critical Reflection Tool for Undergraduate Medical Education
These new documents and the First Nations, Inuit, Métis Health Core Competencies: A Curriculum Framework for Undergraduate Medical Education are available in English and
French on the IPAC and AFMC web sites: www.ipac-amic.org/publications.php

IPAC and AFMC have co-led the development of these materials and continue to work together to advance our common goals:
 Improving the ability of all physicians in Canada to provide high quality, culturally safe care to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (Indigenous) patients;
 Increasing the cultural safety of the learning environment that the increasing number of Indigenous medical students receive their education in; and,
 Providing a culturally safe learning environment that fosters collaboration between students, faculty members, practitioners, and Indigenous communities.

The Curriculum Implementation Toolkit and the Critical Reflection Tool were established on the premise of collaboration with the diverse Indigenous communities served by the faculties of medicine. The implementation of the FN/I/M Health 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.

IPAC’s vision is that of “healthy and vibrant Indigenous nations, communities, families and individuals supported by an abundance of knowledgeable, well educated, well-supported Indigenous physicians working together with others who contribute to this vision with us.”

AFMC shares the view that medical schools have an obligation to respond to the pressing needs and priorities of the communities that they serve, and certainly the inequitable health status of Indigenous peoples is a pressing need.

Improving the training of all Canada’s physicians to provide the highest quality care to Indigenous peoples is a key response to these disparities that are within the medical schools capacity and social responsibility.

Through the education of medical students in Canada, future doctors will better understand and appreciate the reasons for the disparities between Canadians and the Indigenous Peoples of Canada that include inter-generational impacts from colonization, residential schools, treaties, land claims, ongoing systemic socio-economic disadvantage, and a vast under-representation in the health professions, including medicine.

We gratefully acknowledge the dedication and leadership of the IPAC-AFMC Curriculum Co-chairs and all of the people and many organizations (listed in the acknowledgements of each document) who contributed to the development of these important resources. We would like to express our gratitude to First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada for their ongoing financial support of this project.

If you have any questions about these materials, please contact us at:
i nfo[at]ipac-amic.org –
or — indigenoushealth[at]afmc.ca

With thanks and in peace,
Barry Lavallee, MD
Indigenous Physicians Association of

Nick Busing, MD CCFP FCFPC
President & CEO
The Association of Faculties of Medicine
of Canada

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