News at Medicine - June 2020 - Statement from the Faculty of Medicine


Statement from the Faculty of Medicine
June 12, 2020
The Faculty of Medicine is categorically against any form of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, intimidation, or harassment of any description. We value every individual regardless of race, color, gender, religion or ethnicity. This includes Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Muslims. 
 
The Faculty of Medicine, like all medical schools across Canada, abide by the statement on racial discrimination as set out by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, of which Dean Margaret Steele is a member of the Board of Directors. It states:
 
As the voice of academic medicine in Canada, we, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, stand against racial discrimination as well as all other forms of discrimination. The AFMC is committed to working with health partners to ensure that our environments are diverse, inclusive, culturally safe and foster equity. We will implement institutional change and lead in addressing systemic racism through education and curricular innovation, research and advocacy for equity, diversity and inclusiveness.
 
In addition, as stated in our mission, we are committed to health equity for all:
 
Working in the spirit of partnership and respect, the Faculty of Medicine is committed to delivering integrated excellence in education, research and evidence informed care; meeting the unique health needs of our rural, remote and urban communities; and advocating for health, equity, Indigenous health and healthy populations.

The Faculty of Medicine is categorically against any form of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, intimidation, or harassment of any description. We value every individual regardless of race, color, gender, religion or ethnicity. This includes Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Muslims. We have been committed to and have prioritized a culture of excellence which respects and values everyone. 
Regarding the issue raised this week with respect to one of our learners, the Faculty of Medicine is dealing with this issue in accordance with its policies and procedures. 

Neither the Faculty of Medicine nor Memorial University is able to comment on specific actions being taken in regard to an individual learner. We are not at liberty to speak about the personal circumstances of a learner nor are we at liberty to make public statements about any processes to which an individual learner is subject. To do so would be a violation of a learner’s privacy.

It is important to realize that processes are in place to deal with these situations and these processes are being used to address these concerns as they arise. However, both the Faculty of Medicine and Memorial University are under an obligation to protect the privacy of individual learners and cannot comment on specifics of this or any case, especially while a matter is active within the University procedures.