International Women's Day 2021

This page is filled with various resources and information created and shared by women throughout healthcare and academia. We amplify these voices not just because they are women, but because they are informed, critical thinking, and beneficial to all academics and healthcare professionals throughout McMaster and the world. We hope you find this information helpful, and inspiring, and ask that you please share this with whomever else may benefit.

Upcoming Events

Faculty of Health Sciences Women's Symposium 2021

Leading Healthcare and Beyond

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 12:30pm-5:30pm EST

Increasingly, we know that women are underrepresented in academia and healthcare settings. The 2021 Women’s Symposium will be a venue where we can bring together women and their allies to consider how we might close the gap over time.

All faculty members who identify as women and allies of women within the Faculty of Health Sciences (and beyond) are invited to join us.

Each session will have a mix of external speakers and FHS leaders interested in exploring key topics around how we might increase the number of women in healthcare leadership positions in both academia and clinical work.

For more information, head over to the event page, here.

To register for this event, please head to our registration portal, here.

Previous Events & Posts

CHAT Series:
Women in Academia

Originally Published on January 19, 2021.

There is a persistent gender gap with regards to women in academia - especially in leadership roles. The Women’s CHAT series was created to bring together women and allies to discuss their own challenges and successes around certain key areas of personal and leadership development. Each workshop was an interactive chance for women and allies to connect around key topics that may be important for their lives as faculty members.

With: Dr. Rebecca Repa, Sarrah Lal, Dr. Teresa Chan, Dr. Margo Mountjoy, Dr. Ming-Ka Chan, and Dr. Saroo Sharda.

Check out the original videos, here.

Understanding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Academy

Originally Presented on December 15, 2020.

This video was written by Dr. Sonia Anand, Associate Chair of Equity & Diversity within the McMaster Department of Medicine. She created this video to help others better understand the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

Special thanks to Avery McNair which made this wonder video come to life.

Special thanks to the Department of Medicine for allowing us to link to this video.

Check out the video, here.

Teachers as Allies: Standing by learners during race-related aggressions and microaggressions

Originally Published on November 26, 2020

Racism, racialization, and microaggressions.

These concepts have entered into the zeitgeist of our world whether we like it or not, and often these problems can enter into our education spaces. Encounters involving these issues can be nerve-wracking for many educators to experience. When trying to create a safe learning environment for our trainees, having an approach to handling race-related situations can be very important.

Check out the didactic lecture given by guest lecturer from Harvard University, Dr. Onyeka Otugo, here.

Social Media & The Healthcare Professional

Originally Presented on November 18, 2020.

The #MedBikini hashtag erupted within the online health professions community several months ago in response to a previously published article on the unprofessionalism of trainees’ social media profiles and postings. And while the article has been avidly dissected and and now retracted, the issue of professionalism remains an amorphous entity for many.

What exactly is online professionalism in the age of social media?

With: Dr. Avital O'Glasser, Dr. Julianna Sienna, and Dr. Joel Topf

Find out more by watching the videos, here.

Leadership Infographic: It's not all Doom & Zoom

Originally Published on November 16, 2020.

It's been a year of working with social distancing and pandemic protocols and we're all feeling a bit exhausted. Some of us have spent hundreds of hours on Zoom or other teleconferencing software.

Although COVID-19 has changed our workflows, there are still some ways to find a way to connect with your team members and staff. A number of leaders from across FHS have contributed to tip sheet, found here.

Authored by: Whitney Burse, Nancy Carter, Dr. Zain Chagla, Dr. Teresa Chan,  Dr. Mark Crowther,
Pam Elmhirst, Dr. Dale Kalina, Dr. Karen Saperson, Dr. Mark Walton, and Dr. Anne Wong.

For more information Wellness Resources, check out this page.

Promoting Belonging and Inclusivity: A Business Essential at McMaster’s Psychiatry Department

Originally Published on August 17, 2020.

Do you feel connected to your colleagues? Do you feel surrounded and supported by a collegial community of staff and leaders? Do you feel part of an inclusive environment that values your unique contributions?

An inclusive environment values the unique contributions of all its members. Teams with diversity of opinion would bring an extensive range of innovative ideas and creativity to effective decision-making processes and scientific medical discoveries, and drive excellence in patient care, trainee education, and even health care equity.

Authored by: Dr. Ana Hategan, Tara Riddell, Dr. Karen Saperson, and Nick Kates

Learn more about building an inclusive and supportive community here.

MacPFD Minutes: Reading for ReaSON

Originally Published on August 6, 2020.

This edition of the MacPFD minutes series features Dr. Susan Jack, from the McMaster University School of Nursing, presenting her new book club initiative (Reading for ReaSON). This book club seeks to help participants develop empathy and understanding for members of the BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of colour) community through reading narratives and opening up a safe space for discussion.

Find out more by watching the videos, here.

Online Teaching 301: Team-in' up for Education

Originally Presented on June 26th, 2020.

Ready to level up your communication and collaboration with colleagues and learners? With this session on Microsoft Teams (often called Teams) you will learn how this platform offers a space and tools to help facilitate your education-related activities.

In this webinar, Lisa Colizza and Ilana Bayer discussed strategies and tips for success as we explored how Teams can be used for a broad spectrum of activities ranging from curriculum planning to engaging with students in a virtual classroom.

Find out more by watching the videos, here.

Social Media 101: A Workshop for Those Who Wish to Get Engaged

Originally Presented on June 9, 2020 .

Social media has become an undeniable resource in today's world. Nearly everyone uses it in some way to connect to friends, family, or colleagues. We also use it to get our news and stay informed about the world at large.

In this event, Drs. Sharon Bal, Tara Packham, and Teresa Chan discussed three ways in which they each harnessed the great (and terrible) potential of using social media for your professional life. Whether you're a teacher, a researcher, or a leader - these three will highlight how social media might help you enhance your professional & academic life.

Find out more by watching the videos, here.

Online Teaching 201: Zoom-in’ Teaching Scenarios

Originally Presented on June 2, 2020.

Ready to level up your teaching on Zoom? We are here to help! Regardless of your preferred teaching style, we discussed top strategies to increase online engagement during PBL tutorials, small group sessions, and lecture-based seminars. Uncover new Zoom tools and work through several teaching scenarios to co-design engaging learning experiences using the PFD Online Teaching Toolkit.

With: Sarrah Lal, Dr. Amy Palma, and Dr. Ilana Bayer

Find out more by watching the videos, here.

Online Teaching 101: Practical Tips to Help You Succeed

Originally Presented on April 15, 2020.

The transition to online education has provided you with many new considerations. How do you convert in-person interactions into online ones? Which platforms can you use? What can be synchronous or asynchronous?

Sarrah Lal, Ilana Bayer, and Dr. Teresa Chan created this webinar to help our faculty consider how they might match their students' needs to the best online platforms. We present an "online toolkit" that viewers may find very useful when migrating or constructing courses to the digital learning environment.

Find out more by watching the video, here.

A COVID-19 Guide for Parents on Faculty

Originally Published on March 22, 2020.

Parenting never happens under the perfect circumstances, or with a forever-clear mind and endless energy, but this past year has thrown choices and challenges at parents like never before. For many people, this means working from home with new “co-workers” (read: children at home) who may be in need of some new “work tasks” (read: homework and activities) themselves.

Authored by: Dr. Clare Wallner and Dr. Teresa Chan

For support on parenting during these unprecedented times, check out our COVID guide for parents, here.

MacPFD Spark Podcast Episodes

Episode 2

Sound Engineer:
Nick Hoskin

Music by:
Scott Holmes

Featured Guests:
Dr. Susan Reid
Dr. Geoff Norman

Interviewer:
Dr. Teresa Chan

Women in Academia | Founding Fathers

In our second episode; we will be discussing issues surrounding women in academia before learning more about the history and inception of the medical school at McMaster University. New Spark episodes launch on a biweekly basis - with exception for special event and themed episodes - so be sure to check back often for more content to help you grow and enhance your career in the health sciences!

Featured Guest(s) - Dr. Susan Reid and Dr. Geoff Norman
Interviewer(s) - Dr. Teresa Chan

Episode 7

Sound Engineer:
Nick Hoskin

Music by:
Scott Holmes

Featured Guests:
Dr. Cathy Risdon
Dr. Jason Profetto

Interviewer:
Dr. Teresa Chan

Bringing New Life to Meetings | Leadership Development

In the seventh episode of MacPFD Spark, Dr. Cathy Risdon will be discussing the micro-skills of leadership, with particular respect to meetings. Afterwards, we will be listening in on some key aspects of leadership in the health professions with Dr. Jason Profetto. New Spark episodes launch on a biweekly basis - with exception for special event and themed episodes - so be sure to check back often for more content to help you grow and enhance your career in the health sciences!

Featured Guest(s) - Dr. Cathy Risdon and Dr. Jason Profetto
Interviewer(s) - Dr. Teresa Chan

Episode 9

Sound Engineer:
Nick Hoskin

Music by:
Scott Holmes

Featured Guests:
Dr. Bernice Downey
Dr. Steve Hanna

Interviewer:
Dr. Teresa Chan

Indigenous Health | Graduate Supervision

In the ninth episode of MacPFD Spark, we will be listening to a virtual discussion with Dr. Bernice Downey, who will be discussing the some ongoing Indigenous Health initiatives. Afterwards, we will be listening to Dr. Steve Hannah go into depth on graduate supervision and all of the milieu and details that are involved which are sometimes overlooked. New Spark episodes launch on a biweekly basis - with exception for special event and themed episodes - so be sure to check back often for more content to help you grow and enhance your career in the health sciences!

Featured Guest(s) - Dr. Bernice Downey and Dr. Steve Hanna
Interviewer(s) - Dr. Teresa Chan

Special Episode II

Sound Engineer:
Nick Hoskin

Music by:
Scott Holmes

Featured Guests:
Dr. Natasja Menezes

Dr. Enas el Gouhary

Dr. Sandra Moll

Dr. Nancy Carter

Safa Ayari

Interviewer:
Dr. Teresa Chan

Mentioned Resources:
Literature on the "Battle Buddies/Pandemic Pals" Initiative


Peer Support with Pandemic Pals

For our second special episode release of the MacPFD Spark podcast, we have compiled discussions from five different healthcare professionals over three different segments to talk about managing the weight of adapting to new working conditions in the pandemic setting. Also introduced in this episode is a new initiative for peer support known as the "Pandemic Pals" or "Battle Buddies" program - listen in as each of these talks delves more into implementing coping strategies in response to this pandemic.

For more information regarding the "Battle Buddies" initiative, check out the literature published at; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32345861/

New Spark episodes launch on a biweekly basis - with exception for special event and themed episodes - so be sure to check back often for more content to help you grow and enhance your career in the health sciences!

Featured Guest(s) - Dr. Natasja Menezes & Dr. Enas el Gouhary with Safa Ayari & Dr. Sandra Moll with Dr. Nancy Carter

Interviewer(s) - Dr. Teresa Chan

“International Women's Day is not country, group, nor organization specific. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network, or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." So make International Women's Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.” - IWD