Issues of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) have always been important considerations in medicine. Physicians and the health-care system at large hold considerable social power and must therefore consider how this power is wielded in caring for patients. Equity, diversity and inclusion should also be considered in the context of physicians’ work and support systems.
Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) is committed to supporting equity-deserving physicians and patients in Nova Scotia’s medical community. One way the association is doing this is by providing resources for physicians to use in their practices and personal professional development.
Doctors Nova Scotia’s EDI Framework at a Glance
This interactive toolkit is intended to help physicians continue their learning journey with equity, diversity and inclusion and apply those principles to their work. These guidelines are a starting point for DNS members who want to understand how they can apply an equity lens to their work, decision-making and interactions with others.
Safe Space poster
Take a stand against bigotry and discrimination and set the tone for respectful interactions between patients, providers and clinic staff with this “Safe Space” poster. Just download the PDF, print it out and hang it in your clinic.
Managing and De-escalating Discrimination and Bigotry from Patients
Discriminatory or bigoted actions from patients may make other patients, clinic staff and physicians feel unsafe. Managing these situations requires particular skills and resources. This guide is intended to be one tool that can help physicians create safer practice spaces.