Equity in Medicine Conference, in partnership with CWIM Conference

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: from Awareness to Action!

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

Thursday June 2 | 8:30am - 12:15pm PST

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Registration for EDI event only. This does not include CWIM Conference registration. 

Equity in Medicine began in 2018 after winning a grant from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

In 2019, we built a community to support and empower our members committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) & we hosted several high quality educational live chats.

In 2020, we became an independent group and continued to host our live sessions, including an Intersectionality panel, two Anti-Racism workshops, and a presentation on the Gender Pay Gap.

In 2021, we hosted a well-received inaugural conference, an educational session on Transgender Health, and collaborated with partners to host a panel on effective allyship.

Keynote Sessions 

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“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


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Dr. Hiba Al-Bayati MD

Dr. Al-Bayati is a graduate of the Al-Mustansriyah School of Medicine and began work as a licensed physician in her country of Iraq in 2018. After moving to Canada in 2019, she started her qualification journey to become a licensed physician in this country. She has volunteered with many community organizations including the sexual assault centre in Kingston, the Niijii Indigenous Mentorship Program and the South Asian Canadian health and social services. Dr. Al-Bayati is a master’s student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, continues her advocacy to advance women’s rights, and is part of the leadership team for Equity in Medicine.

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Dr. Paula Cashin MD, FRCPC, LLM

Dr. Paula Cashin is the first Indigenous Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine physician in Canada. She is a Mi'kmaw physician working in rural Newfoundland. Dr. Cashin completed medical school and Diagnostic Imaging at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a dual FRCPC certified physician with subspecialty training in Nuclear Medicine at the University of British Columbia and an Interventional Radiology fellowship at the University of Toronto. She is the Newfoundland and Labrador representative on the Canadian Medical Association Board of Directors. Dr. Cashin is an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in medicine and is part of the Equity in Medicine leadership team.

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Dr. Rebekah Jacques MD, FRCPC, MHScM

Dr. Jacques is a citizen of Metis Nation Ontario, a Forensic Pathologist, and is an Associate Professor at Western University in London, Ontario. Her work involves the application of a bioethics lens on the intersection of the medicolegal death investigation and special populations. This perspective led her to be the inaugural forensic pathologist to complete a Masters in Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Jacques is the Indigenous advisor for Child Welfare Political Action Committee Canada and has been successful in creating over 200 post-secondary positions with waived tuition. She is the EDI lead for the curriculum in the MD program at Schulich and is part of the Equity in Medicine leadership team. 

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Dr. Kim Kelly MD, CCFP (AM), FCFP

Dr. Kelly is a first-generation physician who identifies as a white settler, cisgender, straight woman. She has been a strong EDI advocate in her roles as a physician leader and community leader at the local, provincial and national levels for over 15 years. She is the Founder and Chair of the Equity in Medicine national leadership team since its inception in 2018. Dr. Kelly also founded the Edmonton Women in Health Network in 2019. Her mission is to foster mentorship and sponsorship, and to empower women leaders and potential women leaders to seek out and apply for “stretch” leadership opportunities.

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Dr. Sophia Park, MD, FRCPC, MBA

Dr. Sophia Park is a laboratory physician and division head of medical biochemistry at Royal Columbian Hospital. She is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and past director of the medical biochemistry residency training program. Dr. Park has expertise in quality improvement, and leads the spread portfolio for Fraser Health’s Physician Quality Improvement program. She has served on the Doctors of BC board since 2019, and became the board chair in 2021. Dr. Park is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine and is part of the leadership team for Equity in Medicine.

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Dr. Shannon Ruzycki, MD, FRCPC, MPH

Dr. Shannon Ruzycki is a general internist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary. She has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University in Epidemiology and Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes. Her research focuses on equity, diversity and inclusion in the health workforce. Dr. Ruzycki co-chairs the Department of Medicine's Anti-Racism and Equity and Diversity Working Groups. 

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