Inspired Teaching

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

📅 Monday, November 23, 2020

💻 Delivered virtually

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.

In this workshop, we will begin with a didactic lecture given by our guest lecturer from Harvard University - Dr. Onyeka Otugo. She will provide the framing for the issues at hand and guide us through some reflection on this topic. Then participants will engage in a problem-based learning case with other faculty members (and possibly co-learning trainees) to explore a fictional case developed by Dr. Arden Azim. Our facilitators, along with Dr. Otugo, will facilitate breakout room discussions on this topic. Finally, we will bring the group together to reflect together and hear some closing remarks from Dr. Otugo.

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Dr. Onyeka Otugo (@onyekaotugo) is a Health Policy Research and Translation fellow and emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her interests are in health policy, health disparities, and access to care issues. She is a John F. Kennedy and Adrian Cheng Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she is a Master's of Public Administration candidate. She was featured in the New York Times’ article, “For Doctors of Color, Microaggressions Are All Too Familiar,” detailing her experiences as a Black woman in medicine. 

Dr. Arden Azim (@arden_azim) is a PGY2 resident in the Internal Medicine residency program at McMaster University (@McMasterIntMed). She has an interest in medical and interprofessional education and simulation-based learning, and is the Undergraduate IPE Lead at the McMaster Centre for Simulation-Based Learning. 

Dr. John Neary (@jddneary) is an associate professor and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University. He holds the Boris Chair in Education and Internal Medicine at McMaster and is a past internal medicine deputy program director.


Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University.  She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD).  She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area.