Live, In-Person Workshop + Live-Stream for Virtual Audience (recording available for 6 months)


Not Like Other Women”: Challenging Internalized Sexism to Create Meaningful Change

Dr. Renée Fernandez is a physician leader who is committed to transforming healthcare to create health, healing and justice for all. She is a practicing family doctor in Vancouver and the Executive Director of BC Family Doctors. She is passionate about promoting diversity of thinking and courageous leadership. She believes in the power of relationships and community to create meaningful change. 

Lady” Surgeons Disrupting Gender Bias

Dr. Mojola Omole was born in Nigeria and immigrated with her family to Canada when she was eight years old, growing up in rural Ontario. She is a breast surgical oncologist and a general surgeon. After years of seeing inequities in healthcare, she completed a Munk School global journalism fellowship in 2017 and loves writing articles for publications such as CBC, Walrus and Quartz. Dr. Omole is also the co-host of the CMAJ podcast and a board member of Black Physicians of Ontario. Given her Nigerian heritage and intersectionality, she is interested in the Black experience with health care, racism as a social determinant of health, and LGBTQIA health.

Panel Discussion

Achieving Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) through Accountability & Action

Over the recent past, our awareness of inequities that exist within our society and healthcare system has grown exponentially. Many of us are engaged in ways to increase our knowledge but how do we action change? Members of the Equity in Medicine leadership team will present on the multiple actions necessary to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in our healthcare environments. A panel discussion with Q+A will follow the speakers’ mini-presentations on the following topics:

  • Reducing barriers for equity-deserving medical school applicants

  • Recruiting Indigenous, Black and Racialized physicians for leadership roles

  • Advocacy, Allyship and Activism

  • The Academic perspective and lessons learned

  • Addressing harassment and discrimination through Dispute Resolution

  • The experiences of an International Medical Graduate


  • Dr. Hiba Al-Bayati MD
  • Dr. Paula Cashin MD, FRCPC, LLM
  • Dr. Rebekah Jacques MD, FRCPC, MHScM
  • Dr. Kim Kelly MD, CCFP (AM), FCFP
  • Dr. Sophia Park, MD, FRCPC, MBA
  • Dr. Shannon Ruzycki, MD, FRCPC, MPH

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize systemic barriers and how they prevent equity-deserving groups, including women, from advancing in healthcare 

  2. Identify two individual actions that will support the advancement of equity-deserving groups 

  3. Understand the concepts of internalized sexism and misogyny and learn of tools that can be used when encountered