What is DFCM?
The Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto is one of the largest academic departments of family medicine in the world. DFCM has 1,300 faculty members; 375 postgraduate trainees, 14 family medicine teaching sites and cares for one million patients.
The DFCM is recognized internationally for its clinical, educational and research excellence. Our teaching units are at the forefront of primary care renewal.
DFCM Open is an initiative of the DFCM at U of T. DFCM’s website address is www.dfcm.utoronto.ca.
What is DFCM Open and who is it for?
The DFCM Open website is a repository of peer reviewed, evidence-based, family-medicine focused tools and resources that are clinical, educational or research-oriented in nature. Anyone with an Internet connection can access DFCM Open, though it is aimed at an audience of family physicians and primary care health professionals.
Material for DFCM Open may be submitted by DFCM faculty members. For group submissions, at least one author must be from the DFCM and a DFCM faculty member must be the one to submit the material. Material is peer reviewed by DFCM faculty members.
DFCM Open is not an interactive learning tool, a massive open online course (MOOC) or an interactive online community space.
What are the DFCM Open terms and conditions?
Users can access the DFCM Open Terms & Conditions from the footer section of every page of the website.
How to find and use material in DFCM Open
The DFCM Open search function is available on every page of the website. Use it as you would any search engine on the Internet. You can also refine your search by using the drop-down menu to the left of the search bar which lists the seven main categories in DFCM Open: clinical, education and teaching, quality improvement, leadership, social responsibility, research or physician / provider health. These categories and their sub-categories are also available through the Browse Categories tab mentioned above.
What does it mean to 'Join' DFCM Open?
To join DFCM Open means creating an account so you can log in. When you are logged in you can
- Save bookmarks for future visits to DFCMOpen; and,
- Submit material and see usage reports for your items.
You don’t need an account or to be logged in to:
- Download or access DFCMOpen content; or,
- Bookmark items while your browser is open.
Why DFCM Open was built
1. Our faculty members wanted a place to find and share family-medicine focused tools and resources.
2. We want to share our knowledge and resources with others in Canada and around the world.
3. Family medicine needs a place to house new and innovative clinical tools.