Lessons learned in global family medicine education from a Besrour Centre capacity-building workshop
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At a global level, institutions and governments with remarkably different cultures and contexts are rapidly developing family medicine centred health and training programmes. Institutions with established family medicine programmes are willing to lend expertise to these global partners but run the risk of imposing a postcolonial, directive approach when providing consultancy and educational assistance. Reflecting upon a series of capacity building workshops in family medicine developed by the Besrour Centre Faculty Development Working Group, this paper outlines approaches to the inevitable challenges that arise between healthcare professionals and educators of differing contexts when attempting to share experience and expertise. Lessons learned from the developers of these workshops are presented in the desire to help others offer truly collaborative, context-centred faculty development activities that help emerging programmes develop their own clinical and educational family medicine frameworks. Established partner relationships, adequate preparation and consultation, and adaptability and sensitivity to partner context appear to be particularly significant determinants for success.
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