Requests to Engage with Indigenous Physicians and Medical Learners
In the spirit of reconciliation, Indigenous physicians and medical learners are frequently being asked to collaborate or provide feedback on the work being done by other organizations and governing bodies on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion; this has often been done without due recognition or financial compensation for their time or expertise.
The ability to integrate the biomedical model of Western medicine with the lived experience of being an Indigenous person not only takes years of practice, experience, and reflection but, when requested to do so on a volunteer basis, can negatively impact one’s mental, spiritual, emotional, physical and financial health.
IPAC has developed a set of guidelines that can be used as a reference by both the Indigenous physician/medical learner consultant and the organization seeking consultation:
IPAC Physician Engagement Guidelines