Equity Committee

The Department of Medicine Equity Committee was created in 2009 to support the Department by monitoring and providing advice about matters that address issues of equity in the Department. Although the DoM doesn’t face any equity issues with regards to ethnicity, there is gender imbalance in both junior faculty and leadership positions in the Department. Because of this the current focus is gender equity, however the Committee is open to reviewing equity in other areas (sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliation, disability).


Terms of Reference

Purpose

The committee is advisory to the Department Head and the Associate Head, Academic Affairs, and is expected to support the Department Head in all aspects of the role, including but not limited to:

  • To monitor the Department’s policies and practices in regards to equity issues and advise the Department Head of any practices which are perceived as discriminatory.
  • To develop equity guidelines for the Department.
  • To educate senior leadership on equity.
  • To support and sponsor events and programs designed to foster equity in the Department.
  • To promote appropriate change by initiating and participating in discussions designed to further equity in the Department.

At this time the primary focus of the Committee is gender equity.

Mandate and Role

The committee will meet quarterly. The committee will be supported by the Administrative Coordinator to the Department Head.

Membership

All committee members are expected to:

  • Attend a minimum of four meetings each year (?). Attendance by teleconference is acceptable.
  • Participate in meetings with a focus on developing, implementing and evaluating strategies to optimize equity and diversity.
  • Provide input into completion of these tasks.
  • Participate in dissemination of results of initiatives.

Equity Committee Members as of June 2020

Name Division Rank/Role
Dr. N. Khan General Internal Medicine Professor
Dr. D. Lacaille Rheumatology Chair; Professor and Associate Head, Academic Affairs
Dr. H. Leitch Hematology Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Y. Leung Gastroenterology Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. G. Meneilly Geriatric Medicine Professor
Dr. A. Palepu  General Internal Medicine Eric W. Hamber Professor and Chair of Medicine
Dr. A. Townson  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinical Professor and Associate Head, Education
D. Combs Administration Academic Administrator to the Department Head
M. Liu Administration Director of Administration

The DoM Equity Committee focuses on equity for faculty members and medical residents. If you are a staff member and have questions or concerns about equity, please contact Mary Liu, Director of Administration, Department of Medicine.