Putting the EDI in
mEDIcal research.

Significant health outcome disparities continue to be fuelled by systemic and structural barriers in health care systems and COVID has amplified this. In order to address these inequities and implement practical and sustainable approaches to mitigate them, stakeholders at all levels (students, trainees, faculty, clinicians, researchers, and administrators) must develop a strong understanding of what the barriers and their consequences are, and the knowledge and insight to develop tools to address them in their day to day practice.

This 10-part digital series promotes the integration of EDI-related considerations in research design and practices to achieve a more equitable, diverse and inclusive health care system. Led by academics, clinician-scientists, EDI practitioners and social justice advocates, the series examines various aspects of current and emerging priorities in health care focused on pediatric health. The series explores how the application of inclusive best practice, and a focus on the social determinants of health, not only highlights issues of disparity but is essential to develop frameworks to increase access, remove barriers and improve health outcomes.


This series starts on March 18, 2021 and will run for 10 sessions over 4 months. Each session will be held on Thursdays bi-weekly from 2pm-4pm ET (Toronto) from March 18 to July 22.

Target Audience

This program is designed for researchers from multiple disciplines looking to frame their medical and health research through an equity, diversity and inclusion lens. It will also be of benefit to healthcare professionals seeking to explore equity, diversity and inclusion practices to improve their practice and engagement.


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim up to 2 hours per session (credits are automatically calculated).

Each webinar is accredited separately.

Objectives & Goals

Participants in this continuing medical education series will learn about emerging work and research centered on strategies to disrupt systemic bias in the design and delivery of healthcare.


Attendees will have an opportunity to join an inter and multi-disciplinary health community, working towards inclusive health care provision. Attendees will:

  1. Learn about emerging research focused on access and systemic bias in the delivery of healthcare
  2. Gain strategies and insights from thought leaders around integrating EDI best practices into their clinical and research approaches to improve patient outcomes.
  3. Engage with academics, clinician-scientists and researchers to explore and discuss equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across a wide spectrum of pediatric health-care related topics
  4. Explore frameworks to address inequities; developed by academics, clinician-scientists and researchers who work to disrupt systemic bias in health care systems
  5. Enhance their sensitivity to issues of health equity and inequity and understand the importance of EDI to equitable pediatric health outcomes

About Dialogues in Diversity

Dialogues in Diversity is a series of conversations among leading academics, EDI practitioners, and social justice advocates discussing equity, diversity and inclusion across a wide spectrum of topics. Developed by the Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and presented in collaboration University of Toronto, the series provides practical ideas and actionable insights to integrate EDI into practices and approaches across the health care ecosystem.

Centering EDI in Medical Research is the second in the Dialogues series launched in 2020. The 2021 edition follows the wildly successful first series, Explorations of the EDI Implications of COVID-19, which offered critical insights and analysis around the social, economic and cultural inequities exacerbated by COVID-19.

This series exceeded my expectations. Please don't drop the ball on this as time passes - it is going to be crucial to keep pressing for reforms

Just to say that this session was one of the best virtual presentations that I have seen ... first time that I have evaluated "Strongly agree" right down the line!

It was excellent, really well led with great time management. More please

I've attended numerous virtual educational webinars, this one was particularly well-done, very comprehensive and engaging speakers --on a topic I previously knew little about, I can say that I now well aware of, thank you.

This series made me think of things I had not considered before. Thank you