Education session

Education session

Racism and Moral Injury: Righting wrongs and the root of psychological fatigue

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The education session at the 2022 Doctors Nova Scotia annual conference focused on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in medicine and how moral injury is a likely factor at the root of physician burnout. 

Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed lead physicians in a reflection on opportunities to enable equity in medicine, focusing on anti-racism. She particularly explored the concept of “institutional betrayal,” in which institutions claim to espouse values but do not act on them. 

Dr. Christy Simpson built our understanding of moral injury. Moral injury is the psychological, social and spiritual impact of events involving betrayal or transgression of one’s own deeply held moral beliefs and values in high-stakes situations.

About the presenters

Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed

Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed is the Assistant Dean of Serving and Engaging Society at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine, and Chair of the Board of Engage Nova Scotia. She is a public health specialist physician with 16 years of experience. Dr. Watson-Creed has an MD from Dalhousie University, an MSc from the University of Guelph, and a BSc from the University of Prince Edward Island. She received a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from Acadia University in 2021.


Dr. Christy Simpson

Christy Simpson, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Head in the Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. In 2017, Dr. Simpson and her co-author, Fiona McDonald, published their book, “Rethinking Rural Health Ethics.” Dr. Simpson’s interest in issues of moral distress, moral injury and moral wellness stem primarily from her ethics work in health care, and particularly considering the increased pressures and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 2.50 Mainpro+ credits.

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 2.50 hours (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


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