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Real change takes time and effort but every day we see interactions that shape the culture of academic medicine.

The following are stories from individuals who came forward to share.


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You don’t know what you don’t know! Watch for the cognitive biases!
Ketan Kulkarni
As a physician of BIPOC and racially visible minority, my voice has a wide variety of notes to form a rich pattern. I feel fortunate and privileged to care for patients with blood disorders and cancers and help families with a wide variety of background! From new Canadians to not so new Canadians!


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How empathy and compassion saved my life
Elke Hutton
When I lived in Richmond, BC, I was looking for a new GP after my old one told me he wasn't my mother when I came to him for reassurance that I would be ok during an elective procedure.
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High Five!
When was the last time you greeted someone with a high five? It is a gesture of compassion, a deeply humanistic act when we celebrate every success, big or small, with team members as we journey together towards a common goal.
Dr. Roger Wong
Thank you so much, Dr. Dawson and the OVFHT!
I can’t thank my family physician enough — Dr. Charlotte Dawson, you quite literally changed my life!
• Almonte, ON 
• August 15, 2023
Thanks to all the mentors in my life!
I remember coming to the realization I had a mentor. I had learned about mentorship and was grappling with the concept and wondering if I should find a mentor. It was an epiphany to then realize I already had one!
Cathy MacLean 
• Saskatoon 
• November 28, 2023
Forging My Path in Timmins, Ontario!
Having the opportunity to study medicine in the Northern Ontario community of Timmins was an exceptional privilege that I do not take for granted. Throughout my time there, I had the opportunity to witness the diverse and comprehensive role of rural family physicians.
Anthony Miller 
• Timmins, ON 
• November 28, 2023


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Small acts of kindness matter
Dr. Cheryl Holmes
This morning, I was prompted to reflect on a time when someone showed me kindness.
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A Journey of Compassion: How One Family Physician Shaped Me
When I look back at my experiences during my medical education journey, there is one moment that I cherish with great appreciation.
Geneviève Moineau

Safe Spaces

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The power of connection shines a light on the hidden culture of medicine
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Dr. Angela Cooper
Recently, I gave a presentation called ‘Why Wellness Interventions Don’t Work’, to explore how the culture of medicine creates barriers to wellness.
Comfort in Community- The BMSAC AGM
The most transformative experience that has shaped my experience as a Black medical student was attending the 2023 BMSAC AGM. It was my first time attending the organization’s AGM but will not be my last.
Ayomide Fakuade 
• Halifax, NS 
• December 19, 2023


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The power of setting boundaries
Dr. Lawrence Yang
I was a prototypical family medicine hopeful. I had gotten straight A’s in high school, fared well in undergrad, excelled on the MCATs.
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