This section outlines some of the face-to-face meetings and retreats of the project. These working meetings served to orient new members, plan, gather input, build community and invigerate the project. Between these meetings the work of the project continued via regular teleconferences, web-based communication tools and e-mail.
Summer students are oriented to concepts of gender and health and the project during a three day retreat in Kingston. This retreat format was repeated with subsequent student groups. The latter half of the retreat was used to set a work plan for the summer and a communications strategy.
The first gender curriculum consultation meeting provided an opportunity for representatives from GIC-COFM, UE-COFM and all six schools to hear updates on the project, review examples of gender and health curricula and discuss local needs for implementation of gender and health curriculum.
A larger group of students, representing all six schools, were oriented to the project and began work on literature reviews of the specific areas of gender and health that will become the first modules.
This was the first meeting of the site coordinator group:
University of Ottawa - Nahid Azad
Queen’s University - Dr. Rupa Patel
Northern Ontario School of Medicine - Sarah Strasser
University of Western Ontario - Debbie Penava
McMaster University - Lee-Anne Facey-Crowther
University of Toronto - Anna Day
After a full orientation to project and brainstorming about how to integrate project into the medical school curriculum, the meeting focused on getting to one anothers interests, skills and vision for the project.
The second consultation meeting of the Gender and Health Collaborative Curriculum Project was held in January 2004, at McLean House at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. This was also an opportunity for the site coordinators meet the day before the meeting to have some time to work together face-to-face.
This meeting provided an opportunity for UE and GIC-COFM and other key faculty to meet with the new site co-ordinators and the summer students. Special invitees were the 3 chairs of research in Women’s Health: Carol Amaratunga from University of Ottawa, Dr. Beverly Leipert, from the University of Western Ontario and Dr. Arlene Bierman from the University of Toronto.
This extended project group met together and planned for the future of the project and the integration of gender and health into the medical school curricula. Students, faculty and Deans from all six schools worked together to around the theme of ’planning for change’.
A one day meeting at the end of the summer allowed for summer students and members of the project team to review the work from the summer and to have some closure on the studentship.
This day-long meeting was an opportunity to review project progress. The executive received a demonstration of the website, updates from the site coordinators and summer students. Discussion of the future of the project included aspects of evaluation, project launch, presentation to COFM Deans and budget projections.
In the summer of 2005 there were three students working with the project. The first student meeting was a one day meeting in Ottawa. During this meeting the students met with Drs. Azad, Dollin and Watson, were oriented to the project, and discussed the approach we would take to our exploration of gender, poverty and health. During the day we generated an initial list of themes, possible topics and worked on clarifying a life cycle approach. We reviewed the pedagogical approach of the modules and instructional design. We also spent time discussing the possibilities presented by the inclusion of video in the modules. At the end of the meeting we were able to generate a work plan for the summer.
In July a second meeting followed the same pattern as previous years and included the site coordinators Drs. Penava, Azad and Patel.
A third face to face meeting allowed the group to review some of the video content and to review the integration of the module elements.