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Inclusion and Diversity

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto is committed to the principles of inclusion and diversity in all that we do. This includes:

  • recruiting students, faculty, and staff that reflect the diversity of our society
  • maintaining an environment of equity and fairness where all can work and learn
  • assuring that our programs and curricula prepare our graduates to meet the needs of the diverse communities they will serve in their careers in Canada and around the world

Find out more on our Faculty of Medicine Diversity Statement.

Allyship and Inclusion at the Faculty of Medicine

Allies acknowledge that there are injustices in society and that those who have been given more power and privilege based on their identities have a responsibility to respond to any form of oppression in our communities.

Community of Support

The program provides mentors, information on admissions, and guidance through medical school application process.

Summer Mentorship Program

SMP gives high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences.

Med Youth Summer Program

Med YSP offers high school students an exclusive glimpse into the world of medicine and medical research.

Office of Indigenous Medical Education

The office provides support to Indigenous students and is involved in initiatives through out the medical school, and university-wide.

Black Medical Student Association

The BMSA encourages minority students to pursue a career in medicine through outreach and community building.


Professor Lisa Robinson

Prof. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Head of the Division of Nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and a Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology program at the SickKids Research Institute. She received her MD degree from the University of Toronto and trained in Internal Medicine at The Toronto Hospital. She completed her residency in Paediatrics at the University of Western Ontario and received her Paediatric Nephrology training at Duke University.

Prof. Robinson received the 2010 Harry Jerome Health Sciences Award from the Black Business & Professional Association. She is also a Faculty Mentor in the Diversity Mentorship Program and a member of the Black Canadians Admissions Subcommittee. At SickKids, Prof. Robinson is the founder and director of Kids Science, which provides opportunities for “at-risk” middle- and high-school students. She also founded the Student Advancement Research (StAR) Program, which offers high school students from Black and Aboriginal backgrounds a six-week paid, hands-on research and clinical shadowing internship.

As Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Robinson strives to help undergraduate students, medical students, residents, faculty, and staff at all stages of the medical education continuum and works with many departments and allies to champion diversity in admissions, education, and recruitment at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. 

IslamophobiaDate:                          April 6, 2017

Time:                          6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location                    C. David Naylor Student Commons (Medical Sciences Building, beside Tim Horton’s)

Please register at in order to attend the forum.

 Learners, staff members, faculty members at the Faculty of Medicine, and members of the University of Toronto community are cordially invited to an open forum taking place on April 6, 2017 to have a conversation about the issue of Islamophobia in Medicine, and how we can work together to create a more inclusive, respectful, and accepting community for all.

The forum will provide the opportunity for the community to hear from panelists sharing personal experiences and strategies to respond to experiences of discrimination and marginalization and to share ways in which we can all better support our fellow colleagues and community members.

All participants in the forum will have the opportunity to dialogue and share personal experiences and stories.

Speakers at the event will include:

Mr. Amjad Tarsin, Muslim Chaplain

Dr. Fariha Khan, Physician

Dr. Arfeen Malick, Psychiatry Resident

Dr. Nourhan Safwat, Psychiatry Resident

Dr. Lisa Robinson, Chief Diversity Officer, Faculty of Medicine


*Refreshments will be served.

**ASL interpreters will be available at the event.


This event is organized and presented by the Diversity Office of the Faculty of Medicine in collaboration with:

Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA)

Muslim Medical Association of Canada – Toronto Chapter

Social Justice in Medical Education

Black Medical Students Association

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