Interpersonal racial discrimination, underrepresentation in a predominantly white institution and cultural differences all impact the experiences of Black physicians and medical trainees. The impact of these experiences can range from negligible ("ignore it"), to positive (motivation to work harder), to destructive (leaving clinical medicine). There are rare instances of blatant racism and frequent doubt as to individual subtle acts, but the existence of regular instances of subtle forms of racial discrimination is overwhelmingly endorsed by Black physicians, medical trainees and patients.
We aim on building a community of Black physicians and physicians-in-training as well as creating social networks and learning together. We will focus on providing mentorship for Black physicians and physicians in training, as well as advocacy, representation, guidance, support, encouragement, resources and advice. We also aim to provide economic support in order to help fund research projects, initiatives and pursuit of leadership positions of Black physicians and physicians in training. Finally, we hope to educate the Canadian health care system about the obstacles that Black physicians frequently encounter and increase representation amongst stakeholders in order to be able to advocate for the needs of Black physicians, physicians in training and work toward health equity for the Black community in Canada.
Our leadership team of consists of Black physicians, residents and non-medical professionals across Canada. We support and celebrate Black physicians and physicians in training within the Canadian health care system and we envision a country where Black Canadians are equitably represented in the field of medicine and racialized health disparities are eliminated. We also advocate for our Black patients and the Black Canadian community at large. Acknowledgement of the unique challenges that Black physicians face is critical in able to overcome these obstacles, in an environment of unity, solidarity and compassion.
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Black Physicians of Canada acknowledges the historical oppression of lands, cultures and the original Peoples in what we now know as Canada and fervently believe in contributing to the healing and decolonizing journey we all share together.
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