Queen's Medicine Aesculapian Society
Danny Jomaa, Sabreena Lawal, Anthony Li, Connor Weyell, Ayla Raabis, Palika Kohli, Christine Moon, Shakira Brathwaite
Sarenna Lalani | Queen's University School of Medicine, Class of 2023
When the repeated, systemic and painful injustices against the Black community came into the limelight this past spring, it was not only police brutality that was revealed. Inequities were discovered within various facets of life, medicine included. Many were inspired to reflect on their own biases and brainstorm the actions they could take within their own lives to demonstrate allyship. Simultaneously, however, groups of individuals wanting to change the system emerged. In our QMed community, one such group formed and took action.
On July 1st, 2020 the Aesculapian Society's "Report and Demands to the School of Medicine Admission Committee" was released. Highlighting inequities in the medical school admissions process and thoughtfully framing calls to action for increasing diversity in Queen's Medicine, the report synchronously informs and inspires readers alike. The document also includes steps that outline the implementation of each demand and a thought-provoking infographic elucidating diversity concerns in medical school admissions processes across Canada. Definitely a worthwhile read for medical students, faculty and administrators, both here at Queen's and abroad.