Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 – This webinar will be delivered in English
Delivery 1: 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Delivery 2: 12:00pm-1:00pm PST (3:00pm-4:00pm EDT)
Title: Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Medical Education
Presenters: Dr. Ayelet Kuper and Dr. Umberin Najeeb, University of Toronto


Dr. Ayelet Kuper, MD, DPhil, FRCPC is the Senior Advisor on Antisemitism for the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor in UofT’s Department of Medicine and practices medicine within the Division of General Internal Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is a Scientist and Associate Director at the Wilson Centre (UHN/UofT). She is interested in the kinds of knowledge we see as legitimate within medical education and medicine more broadly, and in the ideas, individuals, and groups that are included or excluded based on their knowledge claims. A child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors, she holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford in Holocaust literature in addition to her medical training and is cross-appointed to UofT’s Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. She has been teaching about equity and inclusion within the MD Program, graduate programs, and various residency programs for many years, and she sits on numerous committees related to anti-oppression and social justice for a wide range of equity-deserving groups at the Faculty of Medicine and at UofT. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, many of which relate to power, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Dr. Umberin Najeeb, MD, FCPS (Pak), FRCPC is the Senior Advisor on Islamophobia for the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and a staff internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is the Faculty Lead, Equity for the Department of Medicine and the Co-Director of the Department of Medicine’s Master Teacher Program at the University of Toronto. She developed and implemented a unique research based longitudinal collaborative mentorship program for international medical graduate (IMG) physicians. Her areas of scholarly focus are 1) transition and integration of IMGs (and other Internationally Educated Health Professionals) into their training and working environments and 2) health professions education with specific focus on curriculum design, program development, faculty development and mentorship. She uses her voice and lived experiences as a Muslim woman to be an ally in her many roles. Dr. Najeeb teaches around the constructs of equity, diversity, inclusion, and allyship at undergraduate, postgraduate, and faculty development levels and contributes to committee and policy work related to social justice and EDI. She has won numerous teaching and mentorship awards at the local, provincial and national levels.


These rounds are designed to address antisemitism and Islamophobia and to help faculty members ensure that all of our learners and faculty members feel safe and able to engage in respectful conversations.  The rounds will include content on transformative learning, dialogue. and teaching with stories about the antisemitism and Islamophobia affecting Canadian medical learners and faculty.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the recent and current landscape of antisemitism (AS) and Islamophobia (IP) in Canadian medical education
  2. Recognize where AS and IP fit within equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) frameworks
  3. Develop an approach to teaching these complex topics in academic settings

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