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Apr 26, 2020

Family Medicine in the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

A Podcast Partnership Between the Besrour Centre and Canadian Family Physician

Using the Besrour Centre’s network of international partners, Dr. Christine Gibson interviews family physicians around the world who are helping to manage this pandemic, finding the common thread of humanity between those on each side of the mask. 

These stories are introduced by Dr. Nick Pimlott, Scientific Editor of Canadian Family Physician.

Dr. Gibson is a family physician in Calgary, Alberta and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.  Dr. Gibson is an international consultant for family medicine development and capacity building. Dr. Gibson is the Co-Lead of the Narrative Working Group of the Besrour Center at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. As Dr. Gibson writes:

“This is a timely opportunity to learn from our global partners on the front line of the Covid outbreak. Family physicians worldwide are stepping up to help their communities battle this illness as best we can. People are yearning for stories, whether for professional or personal reasons. Stories of hope and of communities in grief, stories of authentic experiences that we can all learn from and through. This is a unique experience in the history of humanity – a pandemic that is truly shared worldwide, revealing our interconnectivity in heroic and tragic ways. Now is the time for collective healing.”

We hope listeners find these stories compelling and healing.

This podcast was recorded on April 16th, 2020.

Dr. Gibson's website: 

Dr. Ichsan, M.Sc. is a researcher at the Medical Research Unit, Lecturer at Medical Faculty of Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh Indonesia. He is the Coordinator in the Syiah Kuala University Covid-19 Prevention Task Force. He’s also the Head of Promotive and preventive of Covid-19 Expert with the Board of Indonesia Medical Association in Aceh, Indonesia.

Read Dr. Gibson's accompanying blog post at