Nicolas Senn is professor and director of the Institute of family medicine at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland
In Lausanne, Switzerland, we are in the process of transforming our medical curriculum with new learning objectives (), with the perspective of finally having a stronger focus on family medicine and primary care (PC). Before embarking in these important changes, we thought that it would be good to visit another University renowned for its strong PC teaching and research tradition.
So we, eight people, four from the Swiss and four from , decided to go to Glasgow to learn about how academic PC developed over 40 years there. Academic primary care is only 10 years old in Lausanne! ...continue reading →
is Deputy Editor at CMAJ. She is currently attending the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) in Colorado Springs, CO.
In the plenary session on providing primary care for refugees, one of the speakers, Kim Griswold, shared an image, now familiar to many, that is designed to help people to understand the difference between equality and equity. It demonstrates how some people start off at a relative disadvantage and need extra help to be able to achieve or access things that more advantaged people are able to experience easily. This image, and similar ones, have been criticized by some social justice thinkers who point out that ...continue reading →