Education sessions

Education sessions

Two education sessions were offered on June 12 as part of the 2021 Annual Conference.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
June 12
8:30-10:30 a.m.

Well received by participants at the 2020 conference, this session will be a continuation of the topic. The learning opportunities are rich, as are the opportunities to make significant changes within our health-care system to create a more supportive and collaborative profession and provide better care for diverse populations. Angela Simmonds, Executive Director of Special Initiatives in the Equity and Anti-Racism Office of the Province, will lead us through this session.

Ms. Simmonds is an advocate, community mobilizer and educator whose 20-year career extends over the various fields of socio-economic development, education, entrepreneurship, policy, equity, diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Angela has been able to integrate a variety of skills and expertise in all her work; including advising, teaching, facilitating and supervising law students. She has been able to combine her lived experience, education and law to consult, speak, advise, and train organizations on issues of discrimination, anti-Black racism, sexual harassment, and biases.  Her extensive work and unique abilities have been used as a fundamental tool to address racism, genderism, sexism, and barriers impacting the most vulnerable in our society. Her advocacy and training promote lasting system and social policy changes creating equal access to opportunity by ensuring policies, practices and processes foster equity inclusion and diversity.

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Physician Wellness
June 12
2-4 p.m.

Dr. Erica Frank will lead a discussion on physician wellness. She is a Canada Research Chair and Professor in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Her research revealed how physicians’ and medical students’ personal and clinical prevention habits strongly and consistently influence their patients’ habits. This led Dr. Frank to develop the Healthy Doc = Healthy Patient initiative, a series of studies and programs to improve physicians' prevention counseling by improving their personal health practices. 

Following Dr. Frank’s keynote, DNS staff will discuss a new framework that will better structure the association’s physician wellness supports. The framework aims to create a culture shift in medicine by expanding current offerings including new supports in the areas of leadership, system change, and engagement and mentorship. 

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This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Professional Development Office of Dalhousie University for up to 4.0 Mainpro+ credits. (2.0 credits for the morning session and 2.0 credits for the afternoon session).

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Dalhousie University. You may claim a maximum of 4.0 hours (2.0 credits for the
morning session and 2.0 credits for the afternoon session). Credits are automatically calculated.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

In keeping with CMA Guidelines, program content and selection of speakers are the responsibility of the planning committee. Support is directed toward the costs of the course and not to individual speakers through an unrestricted educational grant.

Educationally cosponsored by Dalhousie University Continuing Professional Development.

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Barb Johnson
Senior communications advisor
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4915