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Cumming School of Medicine transforms six washrooms to be gender-inclusive

As part of the ongoing work to achieve greater inclusiveness, our Equity and Professionalism Office and Calgary Medical Students for Gender and Sexual Diversity group has updated the signs on six single-occupancy washrooms located at the Cumming School.

The washrooms, located in the Undergraduate Medical Education office space (G701W and G702W), the medical skills area (G640W and G641W) and the Heritage Research Innovation Centre basement (BA03W and BA05W), are no longer labelled male or female. Instead, the signs indicate that the washrooms are available to anyone, no matter their gender identity or expression.

“Everyone on our campus has the right use the washroom in a clean and safe space,” says Shoghi Nikoo, executive member of Medical Students for Gender and Sexual Diversity. “For transgender or gender non-binary people – people who don’t identify with the sex assigned at birth or people who don’t identify as being male or female – entering a gender-specific restroom can affect their safety and well-being. The addition of gender-inclusive bathrooms is a huge step forward. We’re reducing the possibility of harassment and letting transgender and gender non-binary people know that they’re welcome on our campus.”

In 2014, UCalgary’s Students’ Union began advocating for gender-inclusive washrooms on campus which resulted in one all-gender multi-stall washroom located in MacEwan Hall. The Cumming School of Medicine also saw the need to address the gap in washroom accessibility and access.

“It’s exciting to see these changes take place – changes that help create a campus community that’s open and welcoming to all,” says Nazia Viceer, Program Manager, Equity and Professionalism Office.

“The Equity and Professionalism Office has initiated a study with main campus to identify what additional washroom signage changes can be made.”

For more information on gender-inclusive washrooms at the Cumming School, contact gsd@ucalgary.ca or Nazia Viceer at nmviceer1@ucalgary.ca or 403-210-6424


Enhancing Humanism and Professionalism

February 25, 2016: A highly motivated group of clinician-educators at the Cumming School of Medicine, who have been recognized by their peers and students as outstanding educators, met weekly over three months to discuss how best to teach and convey humanism and professionalism in patient care. To integrate and further reflect on their learning from these meetings, they engaged in creating a “self-portrait” — art pieces representing their reflections from the course.

Starting February 25, these pieces will be on display around Foothills Campus. Gallery


Postgraduate Medical Education Professionalism Awards

Objectives of the Contest were:

Gather well-told stories about what medical professionalism is and how it is displayed within teams and/or by individuals
Disseminate the stories of what medical professionalism is to inspire and inform our education, research and service
Winner of IPad mini

Soft words with eyes met
A patient feels connected
Art of medicine

Sean Fair, MD
R1 RCPS Emergency Medicine

Dr. Fair's haiku was prompted by working with and learning from very respected and skilled Humanistic physician. In the Emergency Department, the health care teams sees many patients on their 'worst day ever,' and the team is very aware of the constraint of time. His mentor taught him that Humanism need not be practiced alongside medicine using just words, but through all senses. Sound, appropriate touch, and emotive expression are all elements that can be made use of in clinical care. The haiku was a reminiscence of the many interactions Dr. Fair has taken part in. 

Professionalism News Video- Dr. Madison Young,  MD

Dr. Madison Young, MD
PGY1 Family Medicine

Dr. Young describes being passionate about professionalism and particularly inter-professional education. She organized a collaboration between residents and nursing students to develop professional working relationships and created a workshop to help others define their own sense of professionalism.

Honourable Mention Entries

Re-Imagining Professionalism

What does Professionalism Mean to You?

  
We invited you, members of the Cumming School of Medicine and our visitors to be spontaneous! You contributed words and phrases to our shoeboxes to convey how you understand professionalism. Feel free to send your ideas to respect@ucalgary.ca and contribute to how we imagine professionalism. For example, when our clinical clerks got involved Respect and Integrity stood out much more!  
http://cumming.ucalgary.ca/equity/community 

 

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