Medical Education Grand Round: Indigenous Medical Education: A Journey Towards Truth And Reconciliation


Monday, November 1, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Via Zoom
Indigenous peoples worldwide continue to have poorer outcomes than non-Indigenous people for many health indicators, and the need to close these gaps is urgent. In Canada, specific calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are directed at medical and nursing schools. The Commission aims to address ongoing health inequities and include teaching about Indigenous health and to train more Indigenous health professionals.
The inclusion of Indigenous health content and the recruitment of Indigenous learners into medical schools, however, must emerge from a decolonizing framework. Such a framework centers Indigenous ways of knowing and dismantles entrenched views and processes which have been exclusionary.
In this Medical Education Grand Rounds, the presenter will challenge the audience to consider how to decolonize medical education with a specific focus on theories and practices emerging from the work of Indigenous scholars. Core concepts to help reimagine Indigenous medical education such as cultural safety and humility, trauma-informed education, psychological safety and anti-racist practice will be shared.
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to
  1. Recognize frameworks such as decolonization and self-determination to guide the transformation of medical education for Indigenous peoples;
  2. Describe key concepts in Indigenous medical education such as cultural safety and anti-racist practice;
  3. Propose how to integrate these concepts into their practices as educators, education leaders, and clinicians.

Speaker: Lisa Richardson, MD, MA, FRCP

Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Strategic Lead in Indigenous Health, Women's College Hospital & Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Education Researcher, The Wilson Centre


Accreditation Statement

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.