NCIME Developing Leaders Symposium: Advancing Indigenous medical education and leadership in healthcare with Indigenous learner innovations for medical education

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The National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME) is a partnership between the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Medical Council of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The NCIME provides leadership in areas of shared priority to implement Indigenous-led projects and workstreams that transform Indigenous medical education and contribute to the delivery of culturally safe health care.

The NCIME recognizes the need to support and foster positive, joyful relationships with the next generation of Indigenous medical education leaders in Canada. Our commitment will be highlighted by the second annual Virtual NCIME Developing Leaders Symposium.

The NCIME invited current Indigenous medical students or residents interested in developing a learning innovation for medical education. Innovations can speak to any aspect of the physician education journey and should reflect the NCIME’s Principles and relate to one of our six priority working groups:

  1. Assessment of Indigenous studies, cultural safety, and anti-racism
  2. Anti-racism, policies, processes, and implementation support
  3. Increasing admissions/transitions of Indigenous students across entry points during medical education and developing accountable admissions processes (UGME/ PGME/Transition to practice)
  4. Indigenous faculty recruitment and retention
  5. Improving cultural safety in curriculum
  6. Indigenous physician wellness and joy in work

On August 30, 2023, the NCIME hosted the virtual symposium where six Indigenous medical students and residents presented their innovations. One of these future leaders will be selected to receive $10,000 in funding to implement their innovation with mentorship and support for the NCIME team.

The six innovations presented were:

 Kidibendaagozimin; We Belong by Mikayla Barbosa, Métis, 2nd year medical student, University of Manitoba

 Strengthening Retention: Exploring Existing Programs and Best Practices to Develop a Pre-Matriculation Program for Incoming Indigenous Medical Students by Stefon Irvine, Red River Métis, 4th year medical student, University of Manitoba

 Immersive Experience: A Critical Component in Enhancing Medical Curriculum byDevin Proulx, Métis, 2nd year medical student, University if Saskatchewan

Food is Medicine by Elisa Levi, Anishinaabe, PGY2 Rural Family Medicine, McMaster University

Healing work, through anti-racist policy by Jordin Fletcher (she/her), Missanabie Cree First Nation, 3rd year medical student, Dalhousie University 

 Northern Admissions Equity by Tannis Blacksmith, Cree, 1st year medical student, University of Manitoba

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