Friday, September 22, 2017

U of T Medicine launches diversity mentorship program - UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

by  Jim Oldfield
Originally published: September 21, 2017
Publisher: UToronto.ca

University of Toronto's Sharon Straus still remembers the first time she met Dr. David Sackett. She had just arrived at the University of Oxford for graduate training and Sackett, a global pioneer of evidence-based medicine, asked what she wanted to do with her career.

“He sat me down and listened, then told me he’d do everything he could to make my hopes a reality. It was a pretty powerful thing to hear,” says Straus, a professor in U of T's Faculty of Medicine who holds the vice-chair of mentorship, equity and diversity. “And he not only said it, he lived it. The only thing he ever asked was that I do the same for others.”

Straus keeps Sackett’s request – and his example – close to her heart. She has mentored many researchers and clinicians, and she recently volunteered as a mentor in the Faculty of Medicine’s new diversity mentorship program, which has matched 36 faculty with MD students who identify as racialized, differently abled or as members of other equity-seeking groups.