Mission, Vision & Principles

Vision Statement

Enhancing and promoting Family Medicine that excels in patient-centred care, scholarly activity and leadership for healthier communities.

Mission Statement

A Centre of scholarly excellence committed to developing exemplary family physicians and future leaders in healthcare through clinical excellence, professional education, administrative leadership and robust research.

 We achieve our mission through the following key goals:

  • Providing the highest quality patient-centred care which includes continuity of care, comprehensive care and prevention for all patients including marginalized groups;
  • Teaching undergraduate medical students those aspects of medicine which family physicians are best suited to teach and ensuring all Undergraduates understand the value of Family Medicine;
  • Training and mentoring our postgraduate residents in Family Medicine to ensure they acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be confident and competent family physicians and leaders;
  • Teaching our graduate students (Masters and PhD) the academic and research skills necessary to advance the discipline of Family Medicine world-wide;
  • Promoting and conducting interdisciplinary research that is relevant to the advancement and practice of Family Medicine;
  • Providing supports and professional development opportunities to our staff, faculty and preceptors;
  • Being strong primary care advocates through provincial, national and international health policy development.

Principles of Family Medicine

 (From: McWhinney I. R., 1997. A Textbook of Family Medicine, Oxford University Press, New York)
In describing family medicine, it is best to start with the principles that govern our actions. I will describe nine of them. None is unique to family medicine. Not all family physicians exemplify all nine. Nevertheless, when taken together, they do represent a distinctive worldview, a system of values and an approach to problems, that is identifiably different from that of other disciplines.

  1. Family physicians are committed to the person rather than to a particular body of knowledge, group of diseases, or special technique.
  2. The family physician seeks to understand the context of the illness.
  3. The family physician sees every contact with his patients as an opportunity for prevention or health education.
  4. The family physician views his or her practice as a "population at risk".
  5. The family physician sees himself or herself as part of a community-wide network of supportive and health care agencies.
  6. Ideally, family physicians should share the same habitat as their patients.
  7. The family physician sees patients in their homes.
  8. The family physician attaches importance to the subjective aspects of medicine.
  9. The family physician is a manager of resources.