june, 2017

8jun11:30 am- 5:00 pmPostgraduate Medical Education Global Health Day 2017


Event Details

All Residents and Fellows and Faculty are welcome to attend the


Opening Address on ‘Humanizing Global Health’
by Dr. James Lavery, international leader in global health ethics, community engagement, and the ethics of international research. Full BIO below.

Thursday, June 8, 2017@ 11:30am- 5pm. Lunch from 11:30am.
McLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Mandatory but complimentary registration from this link 

Details from this link

Read BLOGS by GH Day Planning Committee

Schedule – Plan to attend all or part of the day as your schedule allows. 

  • 11:30am Lunch
  • 12:30pm Welcome and Opening Address
  • 2:15pm Roundtables #1 – #4
  • 3:30pm Roundtables #5 – #8
  • 4:30pm Networking and Reception

Global Health Day Theme
The world is rapidly globalizing at a pace that’s hard to fully comprehend. New technology allows for healthcare innovation and accessibility that is unprecedented in many sectors. However, despite these incredible advances, health inequity persists – in many ways the disparity is more prevalent now than it ever has been. At the 2016 World Economic Summit, Oxfam reported that “in 2015, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people – the bottom half of humanity. This figure is down from 388 individuals as recently as 2010.” (Oxfam, Briefing Paper, January 18, 2016)

Why do these incredible inequities exist globally and in our own backyard? Why have the monumental advances in health care not improved the lives of marginalized populations living in extreme circumstances of economic and social isolation? Where have we gone wrong and how do we get back on the right path?

Global Health Day Objectives
The 2017 Global Health Day, led by PGME, includes University of Toronto leadership across disciplines dedicated to urgent global health issues. With the goal of achieving “equity and humanizing global health,” Global Health Day is an education initiative with objectives to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the social, political, economic, and professional challenges to improving global health for all.
  • Encourage critical thought about how inequities can be overcome.
  • Introduce themes and issues from across disciplines on the challenges of inequity in global health.
  • Identify opportunities to continue your global health interests, education, and experience

Roundtable Themes and Leads (Choose 2 Roundtables – #1 – #4 @ 2:15pm -3:15pm and #5 – #8  @ 3:30pm – 4:30pm)
# 1 On a Humanitarian Response with Dr. Leslie Shanks who is the current Medical Director of Inner City Health Associates. She is past Medical Director at the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto and former Medical Director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Amsterdam. Moderated by Dr. Kinshuk Kumar, OBS/GYN PGY1.

#2 On a Political Response with Professor Janice Stein who is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and was the founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, serving from 1998 through 2014. Her  publications include Networks of Knowledge: Innovation in International Learning; The Cult of Efficiency; and Street Protests and Fantasy Parks and co-author of The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (2007). She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate and is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Moderated by Dr. Jon Herrot, Family Medicine, PGY1.

#3 On Refugee Health with Dr. Meb Rashid who is the Medical Director of the Crossroads Clinic, a medical clinic that serves newly arrived refugees in Toronto. He is a co-founder of the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, an organizations founded to advocate for refugees to access health insurance.  Moderated by Dr. Robert Puckrin, Internal Medicine, PGY1.

#4 On Equity, Diversity and Professionalism with Dr. Gillian Hawker who is the Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. Moderated by Dr. Melody Ren, Family Medicine, PGY1.

#5  On Inequity from Birth with Dr. Kevin Kain who is Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, the Director of the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, holds a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Parasitology, and is the Director of  The Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine at The Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Kain has worked extensively in the tropics and sub-tropics including New Guinea, Madagascar, Uganda, Laos, Thailand and the Amazon basin. Moderated by Dr. Taylor Kain, Internal Medicine, PGY2.

#6 On Indigenous Health with Chief Isadore Day who is Ontario Regional Chief, Wiindawtegowinini and is from Serpent River First Nation, Ontario. Born in Elliot Lake and raised in the North, Regional Chief Isadore Day worked in construction, commercial fishing, and in the social services setting. Regional Chief Day’s post-secondary education consists of Social Work, Business and Public Administration and Governance. Regional Chief Day is an Anishnabe with strong values and ideals about his heritage and has a strong ability to bridge contemporary mainstream ideals and traditional insights and teachings.  Moderated by Dr. Laurel Laakso, Family Medicine, PGY2.

#7 On Humanism and Inequity in Global Health with Dr. Arno Kumagai is a full professor at the University of Toronto and Vice-Chair, Education, in the Department of Medicine and is F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education from Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto. Dr. Kumagai received his BA in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley, MD from UCLA School of Medicine where he completed a residency in internal medicine and an endocrine fellowship and postdoc. After a career in endocrinology bench research, Dr. Kumagai shifted from looking into the molecular mechanisms of diabetic complications to medical education. Moderated by Dr. Hooman Zangneh, Adult Gastroenterology, Research Fellow.

#8 On Human Rights and Health Equity with Marylin Kanee (MSW) and Caroline Bennett-Abuayysh (PhD)Marilyn Kanee has been the Director of Human Rights & Health Equity at Mount Sinai Hospital since 2000. The Office developed the “Are You an ALLY?” campaign to encourage health care staff to be allies to colleagues and patients from marginalized communities. They undertook the first workforce census at a Canadian hospital and currently lead the Measuring Health Equity project to assist 17 TC LHIN hospitals and Community Health Centres to collect a consistent set of patient demographic data to ensure health equity. Caroline Bennett-Abuayysh is the Health Equity Project Coordinator in the Human Rights and Health Equity Office at Sinai Health System.  Her primary interest is in advancing data-driven health equity and has previously published and worked in areas of immigrant access to social services, immigrant integration, and the impact of poverty on health.

Moderated by Dr. Lauren Philp, OBS/GYN, PGY4.

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