Gender, Equity, and Diversity in Surgery
Surgery members participate in the #ILookLikeASurgeon online campaign.
Efforts are underway within the Department of Surgery to encourage a supportive and equitable environment, with a number of projects being carried out by several residents and faculty members in various divisions.
The Department of Surgery Gender, Equity, and Diversity Committee is chaired by Drs. Muriel Brackstone, Professor, Division of General Surgery, and Dr. Douglas Ross, Professor, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. The Committee aims to assist undergraduate students, residents, and faculty in ensuring positive and supportive personal, academic, and work environments.
Seeking to establish the Department of Surgery at Western as a national leader in this area, the Committee will focus on identifying structural and systemic barriers and collaborate with members at all levels of the university and hospital to modify these barriers and enhance equity and fairness for all. Another priority for the Committe is to provide opportunities for encouraging scholarship in the field of gender & equity studies through guest lectures, Master’s of Surgery thesis projects, collaboration with other groups such as the Centre for Research & Innovation, Canadian national surgical societies, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
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