Racism in Medical Education Roundtable

In partnership with Indigenous Services Canada, IPAC is facilitating a Roundtable Discussion on Racism in Medical Education that will be held on Wednesday December 16, 2020 from 10:30 – 12:30 (Pacific Standard Time). This meeting will be held on Zoom and details will be sent to registered participants. 

This Roundtable Discussion follows the October 16, 2020 Urgent Meeting to Address Racism Experienced by Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s HealthCare System hosted by Minister Marc Miller, Minister Carolyn Bennett and Minister Patty Hajdu which offered an important opportunity to listen, understand and reflect upon the tragic passing of Joyce Echaquan, the unacceptable racism she faced, and express support to her family and community. With the next meeting set for January 20 and 21, 2021 and the request for you to prepare plans for concrete actions in the shorter and longer terms to bring forward to the January meeting, the December 16 Roundtable Discussion will be an important opportunity for the medical education community to come together.

Meeting Objective
The seventeen Canadian medical schools have all variably responded to the TRC Calls to Action 23 & 24 and this has resulted in many positive changes for Indigenous Medical Students and Residents. Anti-Racism work and reconciliation is a process that requires on-going consideration, evaluation, reflection, and development. The objective of this and future roundtables is to identify the gaps in responding to the TRC Calls to Action 23 & 24, and work collaboratively on strategies that will bring Canadian medical schools, students and residents closer to reconciliation and creating medical learning environments free of racism.

Participants
Invited participants for this Roundtable Discussion will include: Indigenous Medical Students and Residents, Medical School Deans, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, Government of Canada officials, Members of the National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education, Indigenous Physicians, Partner Organizations, and IPAC Board Members and Staff.

Request for Briefs
In preparation for this Roundtable and to prompt discussion towards future actions, IPAC is requesting medical schools and medical students submit briefs in advance that reflect on previous actions that have been undertaken towards reconciliation and anti-Indigenous racism work, as well as identify the areas of opportunity..

Request for Briefs from the Medical Schools
To prepare for this meeting, we are asking medical schools to send a written one page brief, by December 9, to info@ipac-amac.ca outlining:

(a) What your medical school has done so far in response to the TRC Calls to Actions 23 & 24. Below are some areas you might want to include.

What is your school doing to increase enrollment of Indigenous medical students?
What is your school doing to support and retain Indigenous medical students?
Is your school ensuring that all medical students, residents and faculty have taken cultural safety training?
Is your school ensuring that all medical students take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices? Does this training include skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism?
Indigenous medical students often report feeling unsafe attending the above trainings with their Non-Indigenous peers. What options do the Indigenous medical students have at your school if they do not feel safe attending the above training with their Non-Indigenous peers?
How is your school ensuring Indigenous medical students have access to cultural supports?
What is your school’s policy on Indigenous medical students taking time off for cultural reasons?
What are your school’s policies and procedures for reporting racism?

(b) What you feel are the gaps at your school and what do you feel your school can do to close those gaps?

Request for Briefs from Indigenous Medical Students and Residents
To prepare for this meeting, we are asking students and residents to send a written one page brief, by December 9, to info@ipac-amac.ca outlining:

(a) What you know that your school has done/is doing in response to the TRC Calls to Action 23 & 24. Below are some areas you might want to include:
What is your school doing to increase enrollment of Indigenous medical students?
What is your school doing to support and retain Indigenous medical students?
Is your school ensuring that all medical students, residents and faculty have taken cultural safety training?
Is your school ensuring that all medical students take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices? Does this training include skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism?
Indigenous medical students often report feeling unsafe attending the above trainings with their Non-Indigenous peers. What options do the Indigenous medical students have at your school if they do not feel safe attending the above training with their Non-Indigenous peers?
How is your school ensuring Indigenous medical students have access to cultural supports?
What is your school’s policy on Indigenous medical students taking time off for cultural reasons?
What are your school’s policies and procedures for reporting racism?

(b) What you feel are the gaps at your school and what do you feel your school can do to close those gaps?

Consolidation of Information from Briefs
IPAC will compile the briefs into a document that can be shared and will consolidate the reported gaps and suggested solutions into a list for discussion at the December 16 Roundtable.

Next Steps
Please confirm your participation by emailing mededroundtable@gmail.com and begin preparing your brief.

We look forward to seeing you at this meeting and engaging in these important next steps for addressing racism in medical education and in Canada’s medical systems.