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May 6, 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 25th, 2020.

Dr. Gibson's website: 

Dr. Hui Pan is an attending physician, vice director, Longhu Rehabilitation Center, and vice director, the Department of Healthcare Quality Control at the Longhu Hospital, the First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong, China. He worked on infectious diseases as a research assistant at the University of Oxford in 2009 and a research associate at the Shantou-Oxford Clinical Research Unit during 2010-2016. He got trained for family medicine in Manitoba, Canada (2016-2018) and obtained his Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2018. His research interests include family medicine, community/public health, population/community-based studies, infectious diseases, and social science.

Read Dr. Gibson's accompanying blog post at