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Office of Inclusion and Diversity

About Our Office

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) is part of the Office of the Dean at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. The mandate of the OID is to support the Faculty’s commitment to lead in the area of equity, inclusion and diversity, and to create and promote innovative and accountable diversity and equity related programming in collaboration with other members of the Faculty of Medicine community as well as external partners, which include the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) and community organizations.

Our Mandate

The Faculty of Medicine’s 2018-2023 Academic Strategic Plan names “Excellence through Equity” as one of the three Strategic Domains of Focus. The OID is committed to working in collaboration with all departments across the Faculty of Medicine to achieve this focus and carry out the OID mandate, which includes the following initiatives:

  • Design programs and policies that support and promote an inclusive learning and working environment at the Faculty of Medicine
  • Provide advice, guidance, and support on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and human rights on an as-needed basis to all members of the Faculty of Medicine community
  • Advise and collaborate with Faculty of Medicine learners, staff and faculty members on the implementation of equity and diversity priorities for the Faculty of Medicine in the areas of admissions, recruitment, curriculum education, and retention
  • Create ongoing opportunities to collaborate within and across other faculties at U of T on matters of diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Coordinate and chair the Faculty of Medicine’s Diversity Advisory Council, a committee dedicated to implementing and moving forward the Faculty of Medicine’s priority initiatives in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion

Read more about the Faculty of Medicine’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Interested in collaborating on an equity event or initiative, looking for guidance and support on EDI issues, or want to request an equity workshop for Faculty of Medicine learners, staff or faculty members? Contact us at medicine.inclusiondiversity@utoronto.ca.

Our Team

Diversity Mentorship Program & Resouces

This program links 1st and 2nd year medical students from under-represented and/or equity-seeking groups with faculty members and/or senior residents.


Celebrating the graduates who helped open the doors for Black, Indigenous and Female medical students by being among the first to walk through them.

Allyship and Inclusion at the Faculty of Medicine

Allies acknowledge that there are injustices in society and that those who have been given more power and privilege based on their identities have a responsibility to respond to any form of oppression in our communities.

Ongoing Initatives

Youth summer programs, mentorship and more.

Faculty of Medicine Diversity Advisory Council

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine Diversity Advisory Council (FoMDAC) is established under the authority of the Dean for the purpose of advising the Faculty of Medicine (FoM) Chief Diversity Officer and ultimately the Dean’s Executive on...

Unconscious Bias and Search Committee Resources

Unconscious or implicit bias "refers to those attitudes and stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner" (The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity). These internalized biases can affect many...

Invisible Challenges In Medicine Conference

This event aims to expand the dialogue around mistreatment, discrimination, and allyship as well as to empower medical trainees with strategies to respond to microaggressions and discrimination in a clinical setting.

The conference will feature keynote speakers, Dr. Nanky Rai and Chika Oriuwa, three interactive workshops highlighting unique challenges that trainees from equity-seeking groups face in healthcare, and a diverse panel of lived experiences. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Location: Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto

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Full Mentee Application Form for the Diversity Mentorship Program Now Open: Due August 25, 2019

Are you a 1st or 2nd year UofT medical student from an equity seeking group and interested in receiving mentorship? Apply Now!

The Faculty of Medicine’s Diversity Mentorship Program is now accepting applications for mentees for the 2019-2020 year. Apply to be matched with a faculty physician mentor who is able to assist you in your educational and professional development. Also, attend DMP events during the year that bring together mentors and mentees to help build your network and a supportive community. The DMP runs from September 2019  to May 2020. Apply today!

Learn more about the program.

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Land Acknowledgment: We acknowledge the land on which the Faculty of Medicine operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.