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On June 8, the BPAO hosted two events – one for Black medical trainees across the province to learn about financial and emotional well-being, followed by a phenomenal afternoon, when we all gathered to celebrate newly accepted Black medical students in Ontario– the Class of 2023 – at the 2nd ANNUAL BPAO SPRING SOCIAL!



BPAO members including current medical students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians gathered to congratulate and welcome these future MDs.

The afternoon included mingling and membership signup, group photos, a welcome address by BPAO President Dr. Onye Nnorom and a (rowdy!!) Roll Call of all new students in attendance by BPAO Outreach Lead Dr. Renée Beach.  There was representation across Ontario medical schools with students from McMaster University, Queen’s University, and University of Toronto all in attendance.

Students supported and celebrated by the BPAO in the MD Class of 2023

 Mohammad Ahmed

Bolade Ajarat

Ariel Barrientos

Patricia Burhunduli

Carleigh Clarke

Noroh Dakim

Lina El Faki

Petra Famiyah

Markus Gulilat

Saada Hussen

Justice Igweze

Hamid Nessek

Cindy Ochieng

Clara Osei-Yeboah

Kika Otiono

Bolade Shipeolu

Caleb Tackey

Maclite Tesfaye

Safia Yusuf


We thank all the BPAO members who came out to congratulate and support these future colleagues a special thank you to Dr. Lisa Robinson, Chief Diversity Officer at UofT Faculty of Medicine for her support, Ms. Michele James Chair of the BPAO Advisory Committee, and BPAO Vice-president Dr. Andrew Bernard Thomas and Mr. Evol Williams for helping with membership sign-up that day.  Thank you to Dr. Jola Omole who was introduced as our new Outreach Lead.    


Congratulations to our Class of 2023 students – Well Deserved and Keep Striving!

Renée A. Beach