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We have a number of partnerships with universities and research institutions around the globe which permit student and faculty exchanges.

East Africa Regional Advisory Council

This East African nation is one of six "countries of emphasis" under the University of Calgary's International Strategy.  The purpose of the new Tanzania Council is to deepen our international ties and help shape the University of Calgary's presence in the region (including Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia).  This new Council, co-chaired by Jennifer Hatfield and Colleen Kowaliak will meet in April  to discuss the Council's objectives and scope, regional opportunities, and partnerships in the East African region and to identify strategic areas on which to focus.  For more details on this Council and membership, check out:  This group will be hosting a research symposium on April 26, 2017 at the UofC.  For more details contact

East Africa Family Medicine Initiative (EAFMI) Conference

A partnership between the University of Calgary's Office of Global Health and International Partnerships and the Department of Family Medicine, Bugando University College of Health Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania.  Funding was provided by the R. Samuel McLaughlin Travelling Medical Education Fund of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, as well as a University International Grant awarded to Dr. Christine Gibson, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary. 

The EAFMI is a group of educators and stakeholders with East Africa who agree to share ideas and resources, to collaborate on specific projects, and to strengthen the concept of family medicine, and to advocate for the support of the specialty in the region. 

This two-day networking conference brought together academic leaders from Departments of Family Medicine from:  Moi University in Kenya, Makerere and Mbarara Universities in Uganda, the National University of Rwanda, and Aga Khan University in Tanzania.  Also at the table were representatives from many medical education training centers in Tanzania, and a delegate from the Tanzanian Ministry of Health. 

A Family Medicine specialist in East Africa is a doctor who leads a Primary Health Care team, where they handle most common problems and assist their patients to prevent illness.  Family Medicine doctors help reduce the burden of busy hospitals by taking care of illness and minor procedures at a District level.  They form health care teams that, in East Africa, comprise Clinical Officers, Assistant Medical Officers, Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, and other ancillary health care workers.  In this way, Family Medicine doctors improve the health of a community in a cost-effective, and efficient manner. 

The EAFMI is an important step in improving health and medical education for the region.  This regional initiative will share resources and ideas, collaborate on educational projects, strengthen the concept of Family Medicine, and advocate for support of the specialty in the region.  The Initiative works to improve the health of all East Africans, with the concept that qualified Family Medicine doctors coordinate care within their community as a means to achieve the Millennium Development goals. 

The EAFMI agreed to create a formal entity and to raise a common voice for Family Medicine in East Africa.  They agree to continue discussions about how best to support the development of Family Medicine, with future meetings and a website to host documents and conversation.  Stakeholders such as the Friends of Family Medicine Uganda (FFMU), INFAM-MED (Institution of Family Medicine, Kenya), and Primafamed (Ghent University in Belgium) have been approached to determine how to continue to support this important collaborative partnership between the East African community.  The EAFMI plans to meet annually to build these relationships, to collaborate on Family Medicine, and to involve more Ministry of Health representatives in the discussion.  For more information contact:  Christine Gibson


During a visit by Drs. Talavera and Patterson to Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua, Managua, November 19 to December 2, 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding between UNAN-Managua and the University of Calgary was signed.  This formalizes collaboration and exchanges of staff that have been ongoing for the past few years; Drs. Rosario Talavera, Israel Belenkie (Cardiac Sciences) and Guido van Marle (Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases) have been instrumental in developing this interaction.  

Dr. Alexander Patterson (Oncology) and his wife, Wendy, were in Nicaragua to conduct an “environmental scan” for assessment of Oncology resources and to explore possibilities of where mutual benefits might occur.  This was a very informative and productive visit that occurred during a 7.0 earthquake that was centered off the Pacific coast and a Red Alert warning of Hurricane Otto that hit the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. 

The following institutions were visited:

Hospital Bertha Calderon:  Dr. Danilo Coindres, Director of Gynecology at UNAN; Dr. Maria del Carmen Cruz, Director of the Hospital; Dr. Indiana Talavera, Head of Gyne-oncology.

UNAN, Managua:  Maestra Ramona Rodriguez (President); Dr. Freddy Meynard, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Roberto Calderon Hospital:  Dr. Roberto Guillen, Director of Oncology; Dr. Ignacio Molia, Oncology Surgery; Dr. Jacqueline Ruiz, Pathology; Dr. Kenia Grillo, hospital Director; Dr. Gretchen Sequeria, Psychiatry; Dr. Dagoberto Cisneros, Clinical Oncology. 

Ionizing Radiation Centre:  Dr. Norma Roas, Director

Radiation Oncology Centre: 

La Mascota Children’s Hospital:  Dr. Ortiz, principle investigator for clinical trials. 

Nora Astorga Radiotherapy Centre, Dr. Borga

Oncology Unit, Dr. Alejandro Davila Bolanos Teaching Military Hospital (visited by Dr. Talavera):  Dr. Leonso Esquivel, Director. 

Dr. Patterson came away with an excellent overview of Oncology services currently available in Nicaragua, a long list of needs as well as recommendations of how the University of Calgary may be able to assist in the future.  

Student and Faculty Exchanges:


An Academic Cooperation Agreement with the Universidad de Concepcion, Chile was signed in November of 2010 to facilitate development of collaborative research projects; post-disaster rehabilitation projects; organization of joint academic and scientific activities; exchange of staff, undergraduate and graduate students; and the exchange of publications and other materials of common interest. 


Daqing Oilfield General Hospital :  A signing ceremony was held in Daqing in June of 2011 to coincide with the visit of a delegation from the University of Calgary that included Dean Tom Feasby, Clarence Guenter, and Hude Quan.  An Agreement for Academic Exchange and Cooperation was renewed that allows for exchange of medical doctors to develop quality assurange programs and improve patient care, as well as the possibility of collaborative research projects.

Capital Medical University & Harbin Medical University:  Agreements were signed to allow for:  the exchange of faculty, training of CMU and HMU postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students at the Cumming School of Medicine, UofC, acceptance of Chinese students into UofC doctoral programs in the Cumming School of Medicine, and the exchange of medical students and residents, as well as development of collaborative research/innovation projects. 

CMU-CSM Joint Liver Institute (a collaboration between the Cumming School of Medicine and Capital Medical University).  In December of 2012 the CSM hosted a delegation from Capital Medical University, Beijing.  The delegation members included:  Drs. Lu, Zhao-Geng, President of Capital Medical University; Li, Ning, President of YouAn Hospital, Beijing, Zhang, Yonghong, Director of Research at YouAn Hospital, and Wang, Qian, Director of the Office of International Cooperation Capital Medical University.  The main purpose of this visit was to makr the official opening of the CMU-CSM Joint Liver Institute, a collaboration between the CSM and CMU. 

Unveiling the plaque to mark the official opening of the CMU-CSM Joint Liver Institute

Sun Yat-Sen University (First Affiliated Hospital) in Guangzhou:  In May 2016 a delegation from the Cumming School of Medicine visited Sun Yat-Sen University to sign a new MOU/SLOA.  The Calgary delegation included Drs. Jon Meddings (Dean), Frans van der Hoorn, Norman Wong and Blanka Kuhnel.  The China representatives were:  Drs. Ming Kuang, Haipeng Xiao and Mengfeng Li.  


  Signing ceremony at Sun Yat-Sen University May 2016                                      Group outside Sun Yat-Sen University May 2016

Kuwait:  Under special contract  - Bachelor of Health Sciences + MD program.  Administered by the Embassy of Kuwait - Cultural Office in Ottawa. 

Uganda:  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Mbarara University of Science and Technology, in November of 2010, to allow for faculty and graduate student exchanges, student internships, and the development of collaborative educational programs and research projects. 

Other initiatives:

The University of Calgary is a member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research.  As Jennifer Hatfield (member since 2005) says: "The coalition is my gateway to research colleagues and resources around the world."  You can join the Canadian Coalition.  Go to their website: