The Medical Education Plenary Sessions at ICAM

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In Service to Our Communities and Populations: Generalism and Whole Person Care

Generalism is a philosophy of care distinguished by a commitment to the breadth of practice within each discipline and collaboration with the larger health care team in order to respond to patient and community needs. On Sunday, April 16, 2023, Dr. Sarah Newbery, Family Medicine Physician and Associate Dean of Physician Workforce Strategy at NOSM University, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, Internal Medicine Physician and Medical Director of Ottawa Inner City Health and Dr. David Giuliano, The Very Reverend, who is a spiritual guide, writer and speaker, will discuss generalism and whole person care at ICAM. Dr. Anna Karwowska, AFMC Vice-President – Education will moderate this session.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define how generalism supports their responsibility to address the needs of their communities. 
  • Explore the complimentary roles of generalism and specialization in clinical practice and medical education. 
  • Describe how generalism is a conceptual framework rooted in Whole Person Care and Social Accountability, that can apply to any clinical or training context.

Systems of Inequity: How Ableism Pervades Health Care and Medical Education

Ableism describes any prejudice, bias, and discrimination directed toward people living with disabilities. Ableism has deep roots in the structures of our health and medical education systems. On Monday, April 17, Dr. Lynn Ashdown, Patient Partner, Medical Educator, Disability Advocate and AFMC Patient Partner Lead Advisor will moderate conversations on the topic of ableism between Dr. Tal Jarus, Professor in the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy department at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Julia Hanes, Second-year Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia and Dr. Jessica Dunkley, Family Physician and Senior Dermatology Resident at the University of British Columbia. A question-and-answer period will follow the discussion.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the lived experience of medical learners with disability and recognize the structural barriers they face. 
  • Describe accommodations and how they lead to success. 
  • Discuss how the Technical Standards limit accessibility of medical education.  

Education and Clinical Care in a Hyper-Technological Era 

Humanism in health care refers to the idea that every person who is part of the health system is first a human being. How do we integrate new technologies into medical education while maintaining humanistic healthcare practice? A dedicated plenary at ICAM will invite participants to reflect on this question.

On Tuesday, April 18, 2023, Dr. Brian Hodges, Executive-Vice President Education and Chief Medical Officer at University Health Network and Professor in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Ms. Cecilia Amoakohene, Patient Partner will bring their perspective at a dedicated plenary. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:  

  • Explain how healthcare professionals can integrate humanism and better communication with patients using newer technologies.
  • Describe how medical education can include learning to provide care in contexts that employ emerging technologies.
  • Outline how to include patients in the co-design of technology-based healthcare and education.