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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.

Trailblazers

Celebrating the graduates who helped open the doors for Black, Indigenous and Female medical students by being among the first to walk through them.

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.

Diversity Mentorship Program (DMP)

This program links 1st and 2nd year medical students from under-represented and/or equity-seeking groups with faculty members and/or senior residents.

CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER

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. 

Diversity Mentorship Program

Are you a medical student who identifies as a member of an equity-seeking group? 

If yes, the Diversity Mentorship Program may be a great opportunity for you!

The Diversity Mentorship Program (DMP) is a program created by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine with the goal of connecting medical students from equity seeking groups to mentors who are able to support and assist them in their educational and professional growth and development. The program is administered by the faculty’s Inclusion and Diversity Office.

For the purposes of the DMP, equity seeking groups are identified as those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented in Medicine in Canada.  The Faculty of Medicine’s Diversity Statement also highlights specific groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who are underrepresented in Medicine based on their level of representation in the general GTA population.  Equity seeking groups who will be considered for this program include students who identify as Indigenous, racialized, members of sexual and gender minorities, first in family to attend university, differently abled, members of lower socio-economic status, and/or from a minority faith group, amongst other groups.

The main purpose of this program is to ensure that all students entering the Faculty of Medicine are able to explore their full potential as learners and as potential members of the medical profession.  The Faculty of Medicine is responsible for organizing the mentorship match between student/mentee and faculty member/mentor.  Student mentees who are matched with a mentor are then encouraged to take leadership in the relationship to ensure that they are able to get the most value from their experience.

As the coordinator of the DMP, the Inclusion and Diversity Office at the Faculty of Medicine will provide both mentors and mentees with:

  • online tools and resources to assist, encourage and support the mentoring relationship
  • the opportunity to attend two networking social events (September kick-off and April wrap-up)
  • opportunities to provide feedback about the program (mid-way and at the end of the match)
  • official recognition for participation in the program

If you are interested in being a part of the DMP, please complete the application form via Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RR8QHBJ by July 15, 2017.

Soon after submitting your application you will receive a response regarding your eligibility for the program along with contact information for your matched mentor.  Before O-Week you will receive an email officially introducing you to your mentor along with guidelines and resources for the match.

Please contact Anita Balakrishna at 416-978-8867 or anita.balakrishna@utoronto.ca should you have any questions about the Diversity Mentorship Program and/or your potential eligibility for the program. 

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