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Leadership has a measurable impact on the wellness and satisfaction of teams. So, too, does a physician’s knowledge and practice of equity and inclusion. Doctors Manitoba and the University of Manitoba, Office of Leadership Education for Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, are continuing their Joint Leadership Education Series to support physician leadership pathways.

Leadership for Equity: Expanding Inclusive Medical Culture is a multi-part series that will feature speakers with expertise and lived experience in anti-oppression fundamentals, racism, decolonization and Indigenous health, 2SLGBTQIA+ health and advocacy, and ableism. This series will cultivate knowledge and tools for ongoing integration of anti-oppression in practice.

Representatives from Doctors Manitoba, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Office of Leadership Education, Ongomiizwin and an engaged group of medical learners have worked collaboratively to plan the Leadership for Equity series. 

This series is offered with generous support from the Canadian Medical Association. The Doctors Manitoba and Rady Office of Leadership Education Joint Leadership Education Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Accessibility: Closed captioning available for virtual sessions. 

Fee: No cost to attend; registration is required

Session 1: Intent, Harm and Action: Understanding Bias, Discrimination and Racism in Healthcare

March 20, 2023 | 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM CST

Dr. Sharda’s presentation explores the concept of bias and implicit bias. It challenges the notion that physicians are neutral’ and objective.’ She will provide definitions of bias, racism and colonialism and explain how power (personal and social) is needed to create and maintain systems of oppression. She will delineate systems vs interpersonal discrimination and how they feed into each other. Dr. Sharda will speak about intent vs impact (and harm) and provide examples from the healthcare context about how this harm can manifest to patients, physicians, and learners. She will introduce the ideas of privilege and oppression via the Coin Model of Privilege. Dr. Sharda’s presentation offers an approach for students, doctors and medical professionals to start their journey of learning and unlearning — drawing on the concepts of Miller’s Pyramid, narrative humility and critical allyship and provides guided opportunities to self-reflect on the concepts presented. A certificate of attendance will be provided to participants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define concepts of bias and discrimination including racism 
  • Describe how bias and discrimination affect healthcare outcomes and physician wellness
  • Describe the concepts of cultural humility and critical allyship as tools to combat discrimination

Dr. Saroo Sharda MBChB, MMEd, FRCPC is an anesthesiologist, medical educator, writer and trained creative writing coach. She identifies as a woman of colour of North Indian descent, who has the privilege of being cis-gender, straight, able-bodied and economically privileged.

She is an advocate for physician wellness, equity and anti-racism, and has written and spoken widely about these topics, including publications in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, British Medical Journal, The Globe and Mail and Today’s Parent.

Dr. Sharda is the Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and the inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, where she works as a Medical Advisor.

When not writing or working she works hard to avoid stepping on lego pieces strewn around the house by her 5 year-old and 8 year-old sons.

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