The Black Resident Physicians of Ontario (BRPO) is a sub-committee of the Black Physicians Association of Ontario (BPAO), and this sub-committee was first established in 2019. The purpose of the BRPO is to represent the interests of Black medical resident physicians and clinical fellows across Ontario, with emphasis on three main pillars: mentorship, advocacy, and community building.
This year, our hope is to strengthen the community of black residents across the province, recognizing the importance of having a strong network of support and camaraderie. Over the past two years, it has been difficult to create these connections, and so we intend to host events for the membership that focus on socialization and wellness.
The BRPO Past-President, Dr. Helen Teklemariam, has been extremely devoted to establishing mentorship opportunities for black residents, and under her leadership BRPO worked closely with the Black Physicians of Canada to launch the national mentorship program, which matches diverse mentors with Black medical resident mentees. She also spearheaded our collaboration with Black Medical Students’ Association of Canada, which led to a provincial mentorship program for medical students.
We continue to focus our advocacy on the environment for Black medical learners in the medical field. This includes our involvement with the Network for Advancing Black Medical Learners (N-ABL), which aims to support and advance Black medical learners in the province of Ontario. We will continue to be responsive to the needs of resident members, with the ultimate goal of achieving racial equity in medicine.
If you are a Black medical resident or clinical fellow in Canada and are not connected through out WhatsApp group, please email email@example.com with your personal information. If in Ontario and not currently connected to the BRPO through our mailing list please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added, so that you can receive information regarding ongoing opportunities and future events.
Michelle Quaye, MD
President, Black Resident Physicians of Ontario
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