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Masterclass: From Diversity to Inclusivity: Six Steps for Inclusive Health Professions Education Leadership

Day: Sunday 28 August
Time: 1330-1630
Venue: Lyon Congress Centre

Presenters: Constance LeBlanc1, Lyn Sonnenberg2, Jamiu O. Busari3, Victor Do4
1 Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3 Horatio Oduber Hospital, Caya Punta Brabo, Aruba
4 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Background: Diverse teams develop innovative solutions to complex problems, recruit and retain the best talent, and are relevant to their communities. In this masterclass, we explore the status quo and work to achieve meaningful change in education systems1,2. Concepts will include fiscal and attainment benefits, inherent personal and societal biases, the impact of intersectionality, and equity lived at the loss of privilege. We will share our work in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity and review the literature, conduct a bias-detection exercise, and share cases with participants.  Finally, we will discuss the benefits and the risks inherent in advancing diversity and invite participants to commit to change with the option for ongoing contact to reflect on their progress.
Who Should Participate: Educators, Teachers, Learners, Practitioners, Public involved in healthcare
Structure of Workshop:

  • Introduction: Current status; Benefits of inclusivity;

  • Literature review: allyship, intersectionality, and best practices; Scholarship and our approach.

  • Bias testing: Complete personal-bias test; Debrief bias tests; Review of this science; Discussion of loss of privilege.

  • Putting it Together: Quotas and guidelines; Allyship and Antiracism; Intersections of the excluded; Six Steps.

Intended Outcomes: This workshop will provide a structured approach to changing culture towards greater diversity in healthcare education and the provision of healthcare.  By the end of this masterclass participants will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of our histories and the constructs in which healthcare institutions are based and integrate the impacts of generational trauma, trauma informed care, financial rewards, enhanced problem-solving in their teaching.

  • Review and discuss recent literature on EDI and allow application of advanced concepts to planning inclusive education programming.

  • Recognize of our unconscious biases and their impact on our work.

  • Use a six-step approach to achieve culture change starting with everyday activities, then expansion into structural and system-wide changes for true culture shift.  


  • 1 LeBlanc, Constance, et al. "Medical education leadership: from diversity to inclusivity." GMS journal for medical education 37.2 (2020).

  • 2 Sonnenberg, Lyn K., et al. "Six ways to get a grip by calling-out racism and enacting allyship in medical education." Canadian Medical Education Journal/Revue canadienne de l'├ęducation m├ędicale 12.4 (2021): 111-115.

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