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GIC-COFM

The Gender Issues Committee of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine....

"The Gender Issues Committee (GIC:COFM) assists COFM and its members by: raising awareness of, and responsiveness to, gender as a determinant of health; encouraging sensitivity to gender issues; ensuring that faculties of medicine provide an environment in which women students, faculty and staff are encouraged and enabled to reach their full potential; making recommendations for system solutions and change to COFM; and serving as a resource to COFM in the area of gender issues and responding to specific items that COFM refers to its attention for a ’gender issue’ perspective."[1]

The May Cohen [2] Gender and Equity Award originated with GIC-COFM in 1999  "to recognize

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outstanding effort or achievement of one or more individuals, departments, programs, or schools in improving the gender equity environment in academic medicine in Ontario". The award itself was created by Dr. Susan Phillips, Queen’s University. In 2003 this became a national award administered by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

Recipients:

2006 - Dr. Blye Frank, Dalhousie University and Dr. Susan Phillips, Queen’s University

2005 - Dr. Barbara Lent, University of Western Ontario

2004 - Dr. Sheila Dunn, University of Toronto

2003 - Dr. Dorothy Shaw, University of British Columbia

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2000 - Dr. Barbara Lent and Dr. Joan Bishop, University of Western Ontario

1999 - Dr. John Seely, University of Ottawa

 

 

Dr. May Cohen is Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, recipient of 1995 Governor General’s award in commemoration of the Persons case, and in her professional life she has worked tirelessly as an academic, administrator (former Associate Dean of Health Sciences at McMaster), family physician, educator, activist and mentor.

 

Members of GIC-COFM work closely with the Gender and Equity Issues Special Resource Group of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.


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1. From the Council of Ontario Universities' website, accessed September 22, 2006 http://ohs.cou.on.ca/_bin/home/cofm/subCommittees.cfm#gender

2. Dr. May Cohen is Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, recipient of 1995 Governor General’s award in commemoration of the Persons case, and in her professional life she has worked tirelessly as an academic, administrator (former Associate Dean of Health Sciences at McMaster), family physician, educator, activist and mentor.

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