Current Initiatives

Survey: EDI Landscape among Department of Surgery Faculty

A faculty-wide survey has been circulated to all Department members in September 2020. This 10-minute, confidential survey will provide the EDI group with means for measuring the Department’s diverse makeup, as well as barriers and enablers to an inclusive working environment. It will be repeated every three years and continually serve to inform policy reform and cultural priorities.

Survey link circulated via email: Survey link

Cultural Complications Curriculum

The clinical environment often encounters bias and discrimination. Explicit policies against negative behaviours are helpful but do not address root causes.

The Cultural Complications Curriculum, developed at the Universities of Michigan and Maryland, strives to close this gap through the familiar M&M setting. The CCC is a longitudinal approach that combines scientific evidence and case studies to build best practices around EDI transgressions.

Our working groups will tailor these modules to specific sites and specialties and introduce this initiative throughout the current academic year.

Read more about the Cultural Complications Curriculum here.

What Else Can I Do?

It’s important to remember that EDI is not a finite task - it’s a journey. The most influential thing you can do is become an active ally. Here’s how:

  1. Self-educate: Access the many resources we have provided, engage in both learning and ‘un-learning’ and learn from others’ experiences.
  2. Self-care: Connect with mentors, peers, and communities of support.
  3. Raise awareness: Share your findings and personal narratives with peers, and address microaggressions in the workplace. Stay informed about local happenings as well as national issues, and respond to biased coverage.
  4. Report institutional incidents: Until it is deemed inappropriate at a leadership level, inappropriate behaviour continues. Navigating the formal complaints systems between the University and hospitals can be challenging so we urge you to reach out to us. We can help.