With ‘baby steps,’ effort to Indigenize public health and preventive medicine program moves forward – U of T News

The public health and preventive medicine program, an accredited post-graduate training program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, is taking its first steps to Indigenize its curriculum.

The effort is being led by a working group comprising University of Toronto Assistant Professors Angela Mashford-Pringle, Barry Pakes, Onye Nnorom and Professor Ross Upshur – all from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. They are collaborating with consultant Dawn T. Maracle and resident Mary Choi.

“We hope to Indigenize or, at least, decolonize our curriculum,” says Nnorom. “This is a baby step.”

With Maracle’s guidance, residents incorporated relevant Indigenous knowledge in lectures with peers on standard public health content. The level of expertise and standards expected for the roles is significant as residents are often asked to prepare rounds for peers and faculty members across the province.

Read More: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/baby-steps-effort-indigenize-public-health-and-preventive-medicine-program-moves-forward

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