BPAO Residents

Community Health Centre Education Program for Black Medical Students (CHCE)

Background

The Community Health Centre Education Program for Black Medical Students (CHCE) aims to bridge the gap by increasing the capacity of 1st and 2nd-year Black medical students in Ontario. This 9-week paid summer program seeks to expose Black medical students to Community Health Centers (CHCs) that predominantly serve Black clientele. By participating in this program, students will not only enhance their clinical skills but also develop advocacy and collaborative project skills. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to work on projects that contribute to the betterment of the community while receiving valuable feedback and mentorship.

The benefits of having Black physicians in CHCs are numerous, including providing an enhanced patient experience through cultural competency, fostering a return of service to the Black community, and serving as role models for Black children and youth. Throughout the program, participants will delve into educational seminars covering topics such as the Canadian health care system, CHCs, and Black health. By immersing themselves in CHC operations, providing patient care, and engaging in self-directed or collaborative projects, students will not only gain valuable experience but also make a real impact in their community. Stay tuned for the official announcement of the application opening date to be part of this transformative program.

Program Timeline

Call For Application – Feb 19, 2024

Information session – March 4, 2024

Application deadline – March 22, 2024

Application Review –  March 25- April 5, 2024

Interviews – April 1- April 12, 2024

Notice of Acceptance – April 15, 2024

Orientation – May, 2024

Program start – June, 2024

Testimonials

During my posting, I had the opportunity to interact with a variety of healthcare professionals and gained insights into their roles. The interdisciplinary structure of the center facilitated comprehensive patient care. I conducted patient history and physical exams, administered immunizations, performed pap smears, and observed procedures like endometrial biopsies. I also witnessed the integration of primary care with allied health services. Patients were referred appropriately, ensuring they received comprehensive care addressing both immediate and long-term health concerns. The multicultural staff enabled effective communication with patients from diverse backgrounds. I learned to understand and address the unique needs of immigrant populations. I actively participated in workshop initiatives addressing issues like female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender based violence (GBV). This experience empowered me to raise awareness and initiate positive change.
Toyemi
2023, Participant

Participating CHCs

Contact

For further enquiry, contact NABL@bpao.org