QMED Women in Medicine

QMED Women in Medicine The Queen's Women in Medicine group aims to take an intersectional approach to discussing feminism in medicine and the ways sexism still exists in an increasingly female-dominated field.

QMED Women in Medicine

QMED Women in Medicine

What is an ally? What is the importance of being an ally in medicine? How can we take steps to be effective allies? We a...
WIM Equity in Healthcare Workshop

What is an ally? What is the importance of being an ally in medicine? How can we take steps to be effective allies?

We are very excited to invite you to the Women In Medicine Interest Group's "Gender Equity in Healthcare" workshop, run by Dr. Erin Clow from the Queen's Human Rights and Equity Office. Learn about how to navigate situations of gender inequity in healthcare. This workshop will teach tangible skills on how to be an effective ally and run through various scenarios that you may encounter in the hospital and during your medical education. Food will be provided!

Part I – What is an ally
-discussion of what it means to be an ally
-characteristics of an ally
-video (5 Tips for Being an Ally)

Part 2 – Scenarios
-How would an ally respond?

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOy6G3HzLtZAk0-oYnqqVPKVMghWc34h0PW0ti_Fhqr2pFSg/viewform

Please sign up below if you would like to attend the WIM Workshop on Monday, February 25th from 4:30-6:00pm in SMB 132A.

"The research is published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from Harvard University reviewed the recor...
New Evidence of the Superiority of Female Doctors

"The research is published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from Harvard University reviewed the records of 1,583,028 hospital visits among Medicare patients. Within 30 days of arriving at the hospital, rates of death and re-admission were significantly lower when the patient’s doctor was female.

This was true for people with medical conditions of all sorts and severities. The researchers tried to account for every variable; but ultimately all that was left was the finding that women are superior to men at treating these (65-and-older) patients in the hospital. The association held true even for patients who were randomly assigned to a physician when they arrived. People treated by a female had a 4 percent lower relative risk of dying and 5 percent lower relative risk of being admitted to the hospital again in the following month."

If all physicians were women, 32,000 fewer Americans would die every year.


The tragic murder of a female family physician in Toronto reminds us that intimate partner violence can affect anyone, here are some examples of local resources for individuals suffering from IPV in Kingston and surrounding communities:

1. Kingston Sexual Assault Centre: http://www.sackingston.com/ and their 24h crisis line: 1-877-544-6424

2. Interval House Shelter for Women & Children in Crisis: http://kingstonintervalhouse.com/ and their 24h crisis line: 1-800-267-9445

*Other shelters can be found at Shelter Safe: http://www.sheltersafe.ca/

3. KGH's Sexual Assault & Family Violence program, available 24/7: http://www.kgh.on.ca/emergency-care/emergency-care-and-treatment/sexual-assault-and-family-violence

4. K3C Counselling Centre has free, confidential Women's Counselling: http://www.k3c.org/WomensCounselling/tabid/119/Default.aspx or call: 613-549-7850

5. Queen's U Sexual Health Resource Centre: https://www.facebook.com/shrckingston/ can provide accompaniment to hospital appointments for abortion or sexual assault. Call: 613-533-2959

6. The OMA's Physician Helpline: http://php.oma.org/needhelp.html available M-F from 8:45am-5pm at 1-800-851-6606

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TEDxEuston

Dr. Mala Joneja wanted to pass along a fantastic TedX talk from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in which she presents her essay, "We should all be feminists." Entertaining, engaging, and thought-provoking - it's certainly worth the time.


Never miss a talk! SUBSCRIBE to the TEDx channel: http://bit.ly/1FAg8hB http://www.tedxeuston.com Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was b...

Great blog post about the evolution of women in medicine.
Dr. Gail Beck

Great blog post about the evolution of women in medicine.

On October 18, 1929, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain handed down the decision that women were “persons” under the law. Today it is easy to forget that this was not always considered to be the case and that women have had to fight for rights that men took for granted over many centuries. Certainly, I never learned this piece of history in school and it is not clear that this is even taught in a routine fashion today despite the ongoing need to involve women in politics. [ 572 more words ]



Hello all! WIM is looking for 2-3 junior co-chairs to join our team for the 2016-2017 year. This job entails organizing the small group sessions throughout the year and helping plan our fantastic panel evening. If you are interested in the position, please contact Rebecca L., Christina Huang and Katherine Rabicki at [email protected] with a 250-word paragraph about why you're interested in joining our team, what branch of medicine you're currently interested in (don't worry, there is no wrong answer), and if you have any previous experience (not a pre-requisite at all). Please submit your application by Friday September 16th at noon and we will contact you early next week!


Women in Medicine and EMIG are co-hosting a small group session with Dr. Carly Hagel, R4 in Emergency Medicine. Ask your questions about what life is like throughout residency and Carly would be happy to answer them! Email Rebecca at [email protected] by Nov. 20 to reserve a spot; this session is capped at 10 students. This session will also count as an hour towards your MSPR just FYI! The session will take place on Nov. 24 at 12:30 in NMB 305.


WIM will be hosting Dr. Karen Grewal, a paediatrician, for a small group session next Wednesday, October 28th from 12:30-1:30pm. Please email Katie Rabicki ([email protected]) if you'd like to attend! Attendance is limited to 10 people.


Dr. Nitsch will be hosting a WIM event at her house with dessert and wine on Nov 2 at 6:30-8pm! Email Maddie ([email protected]) if you would like to attend. It's limited to to 10 people.

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Hey ladies! I am curious to know if any of you are members of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. It is a national organisation that offers leadership training, one-on-one mentoring and scholarships. The student membership fee is 25$ and I’m wondering whether it is worthwhile to join.
Here is an article from the CMAJ that is worth a read!