Refugee Lecture Series

Photo credit: Dr. Mary Cummins

Hello, and welcome to the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.

As of January 2016, Canada celebrated the arrival of 10,000 refugees of Syrian decent since November 4, 2015, many of whom have made Edmonton—or Alberta—their home. Canada has a long history of multiculturalism and having an open-door policy to refugees from diverse areas of the globe, who have subsequently become valuable members of our society.

Understandably, many questions come up in relation to the health, and unique medical issues, that may arise in refugees. The faculty already has strong partnerships both locally (i.e. with Alberta Health Services) and indeed internationally.

The faculty has developed the following Refugee Lecture Series over the past month, bringing together our members in this educational and community engagement initiative. It will hopefully be a resource to enhance information already available through different sources for refugee care. We hope this information will be helpful to the many health care workers providing care to refugees (both Syrian and other), particularly in improving their level of comfort managing the unique medical concerns of refugees.

As vice-dean of education, I welcome you to view the individual videos in this lecture series. As well, please feel free to provide feedback on the website as well as any of the talks , and additional material you may find helpful.


Dr. Fraser Brenneis

Refugee Lecture Series

Disclaimer: The videos listed above are intended to be used as reference material for licensed physicians who may offer health-care services to patients who are Syrian refugees. In no way should these videos supersede any medical diagnosis or medical training, and nor are they a replacement for health-care services. Any questions or concerns can be sent to