The SOT was founded in 1978 to advance the academic discipline of family medicine within the framework of the College of Family Physicians of Canada's (CFPC’s) educational objectives. The SOT has an online newsletter with teaching tips and other resources for family doctors involved in either full or part time teaching. The SOT coordinates faculty development sessions for teachers annually at Family Medicine Forum. Membership in the Section is open to any member of the College involved or having an interest in family medicine teaching.
The Section of Residents was established in 1989 to act as a liaison between the CFPC and family medicine residents throughout Canada. The Section of Residents is comprised of family medicine residents from across Canada with two of these elected by their peers at each of the family medicine residency programs in Canada to form the Section of Residents Council. The Residents’ Page appears as a regular feature in Canadian Family Physician (CFP).
The CFPC’s Section of Medical Students (SOMS) links the College with medical students in each university across Canada. Representatives on the SOMS Council come from Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGs) at each medical school. The Section’s two Co-Chairs also sit on the Board of Directors of the College, where they represent the views and interests of students in the development of College policies and positions.
The Section of Researchers, founded in 1995, promotes and supports family medicine research and researchers, and has a focus on increasing the capacity of family medicine researchers. The Section has an executive committee comprised of regional representatives. The Section of Researchers distributes a monthly electronic newsletter, Kaleidoscope, to members of the Section. Membership in the section is open to any member of the CFPC involved in or having an interest in family medicine research.
The College is pleased to introduce an opportunity for members to become linked to colleagues with similar practice interests. Our new Section of Family Physicians with Special Interests or Focused Practices (SIFP) will be comprised of a number of programs, each of which will address a particular area of special interest of our members.