BIPOC Women in Medicine


Feminism in Medicine and the Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office (SACE) of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is excited to invite you to a unique panel on Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) Women in Medicine. We hope to stimulate discussion on the intersection of patriarchy, racialization, resilience and success in medicine. All members of the faculty—students, staff, or faculty—are invited for this special event!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6:30-8pm/EDT

Through discussion with two invited speakers, Dr. Onye Nnorom and Dr. Gigi Osler, and facilitated by Dr. Myrna Lashley, we hope to explore the unique experiences of BIPOC Women in Medicine. Some of the topics that discussed include the importance of representation, mentorship, and the impacts of diversity on clinical care, and there will be time for your questions.


Dr. Myrna Lashley

Dr. Myrna Lashley holds a Ph.D in counseling psychology from McGill university. She was an Associate Academic dean at John Abbott College She is also an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry of McGill University as well as a researcher and project leader at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital. She is an internationally recognized clinical, teaching and, research authority in cultural psychology, and serves as an expert psychological consultant to institutions, including the juvenile justice system. She is also the Chair of the First-Line Psychosocial Science Committee of the Clinical Ethics Committee of CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. She has worked both as a consultant to First Nations and the Jewish communities, and as the Cross Cultural Trainer for the Grievance Committee office of the secretariat for McGill University. She has also conducted training workshops locally, nationally, and internationally and has acted as a consultant to the Brazilian health care system. She was a director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and has also served on the Comité consultatif sur les relations Interculturelles et Interraciales de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal. From 2008 to 2017 she was the Chair of the Cross Cultural Roundtable on Security. She was the Vice-chair of the board of the École Nationale de Police du Québec from 2004 - 2017. As well as conducting research on police matters, she has also been appointed to the Comité expert en matière de profilage racial of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal and to the Comité-conseil sur l'organisation d'une consultation sur le racisme et la discrimination systémique. She is a consultant to government and non-governmental agencies at the Canadian federal, provincial and municipal levels on issues of equity and inclusivity. In addition to academic publications, she has also authored two training manuals on intercultural issues in the workplace and co-authored book chapters. She has received several awards including the 2015 Woman of Merit Award from the Playmas Montreal Cultural Association; the Queen Elizabeth II 2012 Diamond Jubilee award; 2006 Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Award for Holocaust studies; the 2004 Martin Luther King legacy award; as well as the 1995 Merit Award for the Kanawake Native survival school.

Her current research focuses on the intersections of culture, terrorism and national security.

She is currently Barbados’s Honorary Consul to Montreal.


Dr. Onye Nnorom

Dr. Onye Nnorom is a Family Doctor and a Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist. She is the Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto and is the Black Health Theme Lead and Post-Graduate Medical Education for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. As the Black Health Theme Lead, she is tasked with developing educational content for teaching medical students about Black Canadian health and inequities due to systemic racism. She is also a clinical consultant for the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

She is the President of the Black Physicians' Association of Ontario. She was also the chronic disease prevention lead at TAIBU Community Health Centre, where she led a number of successful cancer screening initiatives. Most recently she has taken the role as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead within the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. And she is the host of a podcast called Race, Health and Happiness where she interviews successful Black, Indigenous and other People of Colour, providing wisdom on how to stay well in a “racialized world”.

Dr. Nnorom completed her medical degree at McGill University and then completed a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) and residency training at the University of Toronto. Being of Nigerian and Trinidadian heritage, she is particularly interested in Black community health and wellness, and racism as a social determinant of health.

Dr. Gigi Osler

Dr. Osler is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba and a dedicated advocate for equity and diversity, physician wellness, global health and virtual care. She is chair of the Canadian Medical Forum, president-elect of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, second Vice-President-elect of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Regional Secretary for North America and the Caribbean, International Federation of ORL Societies.

As the 2018-19 Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President, Dr. Osler had a profound impact in raising the profile of equity and diversity both within the profession and the CMA itself. She led the CMA’s involvement in several equity and diversity initiatives, which led to the development of CMA’s first ever policy on equity and diversity in medicine. More generally, as the self-described first female surgeon and woman of colour to serve as CMA President, she has been an inspiration to medical women across Canada. In her leadership roles, she has fostered engagement with physicians and allied health care professionals across Canada and the world. She has been awarded the Doctors Manitoba Health or Safety Promotion Award, a University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada May Cohen Equity, Diversity and Gender Award. She has been named to The Medical Post’s 2021 Power List, one of Canada’s 2019 Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, a CMA Physician Changemaker, and to the Canadian Women in Global Health List.




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