Tuesday, January 21, 2020
12:00pm to 1:30 pm in HSA 110
25% of this program is dedicated to participant interaction


TITLE: Strengthening Health Equity in Undergraduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development: Using storytelling and role play to build competencies 


ABSTRACT: My research has demonstrated a range of gaps in addressing the varied health care needs of racialized populations (Wylie et al., 2018, Wylie and McConkey 2019). The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate ways to build competencies among medical students, residents and physicians to advance health equity. There is a need to improve knowledge and practice through targeted educational initiatives that give providers concrete recommendations to improve equity in practice. Such actions include understanding and correcting their own biases, improving their knowledge, and ensuring system-wide supports for culturally safe and appropriate care. This presentation shows how to use storytelling, role play and interactive case exercises to demonstrate strategies for building competencies in providing culturally safe, quality health care for Indigenous people, immigrants and refugees. The presenter will illustrate a range of challenges facing Indigenous people, refugees and immigrants, both within the health care system and more broad social determinants of health. Narratives drawing on examples from health care experiences that demonstrate challenges will be presented.

Research Seminar Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Explore different topics pertinent to health professions education.
  2. Transform their knowledge of medical education research and scholarly innovations.
  3. Engage in discussions and exchange ideas with an interdisciplinary academic medicine community.
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. You may claim a maximum of 30.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated). Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating in the educational program.
This event has no commercial support.