Outreach to Women Physicians
The Outreach to Women Physicians Committee (OWPC) provides leadership and networking opportunities for women physicians, residents, and medical students. The aim is to foster positive communication and engagement between medical women and the organized medical community.
Outreach to Women Physicians
The Outreach to Women Physicians Committee (OWPC) provides leadership and networking opportunities for women physicians, residents, and medical students. The aim is to foster positive communication and engagement between medical women and the organized medical community.

Women’s Health Care Seminar

The 20th Annual Women’s Health Care Seminar will be held May 2, 2019 in Ottawa. Transitions: Your Next Ten Years


Keynote: Make Medical Solutions That Matter

Dr. Juielynn Wong
Julielynn is an award-winning, Harvard educated physician-scientist, innovator, and educator whose life’s mission is to use technology to
benefit the world. She is internationally recognized as a 3D printing, drone, robotics, telemedicine and digital health pioneer who uses
cutting-edge technology to deliver healthcare solutions in diverse environments, from outer space to remote communities with limited
access to healthcare resources. She was the first to 3D print medical supplies onboard theInternational Space Station and at
the Mars Desert Research Station. She designed a solar-powered mobile 3D printing system that can be transported in a carry-on
suitcase to produce medical supplies in remote, off-grid communities. Julielynn regularly lectures on innovation in healthcare
and is a frequent contributor to various media outlets including ABC News, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.

Panel: Physician “Side Gigs”

Dr. Shazeen Suleman
Dr. Shazeen Suleman is a staff physician in the Department of Pediatrics, Outreach Services at St. Michael’s Hospital. She
completed her pediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children and her medical degree at the University of British Columbia, where
she was named a Wesbrook Scholar. She completed a master’s of public health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns
Hopkins University in 2017, where she was a Sommer Scholar. At St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Suleman provides consulting general
pediatrics care for children living in the inner-city, including urban Indigenous, refugee and immigrant children. She is a consultant
pediatrician with the Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative, and is the research lead for K!DConnect, a pediatric patient navigation
program at St. Michael’s Hospital. Her academic interests involve the development and evaluation of evidence-based programs to support
newcomer and vulnerable children.

Outside of the clinic, she is the co-founder and president of the MusicBox Children’s Charity, a national organization that has
rovided music education opportunities to more than 5000 vulnerable children across Canada. She is a founding member of the Social
Pediatrics Special Interest Group and was involved with the Caring for Kids New to Canada task force. She is an assistant editor for
Paediatrics & Child Health, the official journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society. She is actively involved in medical education,
and frequently gives guest lectures, presentations and workshops to all levels of medical trainees.

Dr. Julia Alleyne
Dr Julia Alleyne is an experienced sport and exercise medicine physician, therapist and administrator. She served as Chief Medical
Officer for Team Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, U.K and is Chief Medical Officer for the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am
Games held in Toronto, Canada.

Dr Julia’s impact in the arena of sports administration is reflected in her high-level appointments with the Invictus Games (2017), the
Pan Am Games (TO2015), Canadian Olympic Committee and Skate Canada. Prior to her 2012 appointment as Chief Medical Officer for
the London Olympics, Dr Julia has served Team Canada in several capacities spanning 10 years of the Olympics.

Chika Oriuwa
Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a third-year medical student at the University of Toronto (U of T) completing her MD/MSc with a concentration in Systems Leadership and Innovation. As a professional spoken word artist, she has worked under the Hamilton Youth Poets, and earned
her place as a national slam poetry finalist twice. She has a keen interest in healthcare reform pertaining to the intersections of race
and gender within medicine.

Her resolve has compelled her to remain proactive in the mentorshipof youth in minority communities. For these reasons she enjoyed her
roles as co-president of the U of T Black Medical Students Association, co-founder of the Black Inter-professional Students
Association (BIPSA), and co-director of a non-profit youth leadership organization. She is currently an ambassador for the
Black Students Application Program at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine, and sits on the External Implementation Steering
Committee to the Minister of Children and Youth Services assisting with the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan. Chika uses her
background in performance poetry and public speaking to mobilize reform in medical education as to how it prepares its
medical trainees who will encounter discrimination within their profession. She has had the privilege of delivering international
keynotes on the topic of women’s health, immigrant health, and global health (with a focus on Nigerian healthcare fundraising).
Chika has had the honour of representing U of T’s Faculty of Medicine through several syndication networks including televised
interviews (CBC, CP24), newspapers (Toronto Star) and article authorships (FLARE). Ultimately, her commitment to health equity
and community empowerment propels her to engage marginalized youth and disadvantaged cohorts.

Emotional Impacts of Change

Dr. Alison Freeland
Dr. Alison Freeland is the Associate Dean of Medical Education (Regional) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and the
Vice President of Quality, Education and Patient Relations at Trillium Health Partners.
Dr. Freeland’s commitment to education and leadership has been a consistent theme throughout her career. She has previously served
as Associate Chief of Psychiatry of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Undergraduate Education Director for the Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa, and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa.

She is currently a member of the Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board. She chairs the Professional Standards and Practice Committee, and the Choosing Wisely Working Group of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. She has recently been a member of Health
Quality Ontario’s Expert Advisory Panel on Schizophrenia Quality Standards.

Her clinical work is focused on providing care to vulnerably house and homeless people with serious mental illness and addictions. She
has a passion to shape the future generation of health care providers to best serve patients and their families.

Workshop A: Financial Independence

Dr. Jane Healey & Dr. Paul Healey
Although Dr. Paul and Dr. Jane Healey don’t have any financial credentials, they are very familiar with the “financial information
vacuum” that most physicians operate in. In May 2017, they started the Physician Financial Independence (PFI) group on Facebook where physicians teach other physicians about personal finance. The group does not accept advertising or sponsorship and is only open to physicians and their spouses. The online community has about 10,000 members from all over Canada and is growing daily. The PFI group emphasizes frugality, evidence-based investing, and maximizing happiness.

Jane has been a hospital-based paediatrician in Mississauga since 2005. Paul has been an emergency physician in Oakville practicing since 2003. They live in Oakville, Ontario with their two children. Jane & Paul are not in high-billing specialties but are financially independent. They work because they want to, not because they have to.

Workshop B: Rules of Engagement: Living Joyfully in the Present Moment

Dr. Carol Gonsalves
Dr. Carol Gonsalves MD, FRCPC, MMEd is a clinician educator and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology, The Ottawa Hospital (University of Ottawa). She is a clinician investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and national AFC Committee Chair for Adult Thrombosis Medicine with the RCPSC. Her academic focus is on medical education, specifically in the areas of needs assessment and curriculum development. She was a member of the Mindfulness Curriculum Working Group at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, which launched a longitudinal curriculum in 2014. She has assisted in editing the course material and teaches in this curriculum. She is a co-founder of the Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies with the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Mindfulness in Medicine Journal Club. Along with her colleagues, she has given well received workshops in mindfulness to faculty and practicing physicians in Ottawa and has presented at national and international meetings on physician wellness and medical education. She is an investigator in multiple research studies involving mindfulness curricula in medical education.

Dr. Heather MacLean
Dr. Heather MacLean is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and the Director of Pre-Clerkship at the University of Ottawa. She spearheaded the development of a longitudinal Mindfulness Curriculum in UGME and has authored a book on mindfulness entitled Mindfulness for Medical School, Residency and Beyond.

She is an investigator in several studies on mindfulness both in medical school and in MS patients and is a co-founder of the Academy of Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies with the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Institute.

Dr. Millaray Sanchez-Campos
Dr. Millaray Sanchez-Campos is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She has significantly contributed to the development and implementation of the longitudinal undergraduate mindfulness curriculum at the uOttawa, she is involved with the Humanities in Medicine Program and is a co-founder of the Academy of Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies with the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Institute.

Dr. Sanchez-Campos is an investigator in several studies of mindfulness in medical education. She is experienced in the field of mindfulness and together with her colleagues at the University of Ottawa, she has given workshops in mindfulness for faculty development and has presented at national and international meetings on health care professional wellness and mindfulness curricula. 

Workshop C: Women in Health Leadership

Susannah Crabtree
Susannah Crabtree is a Partner and Head of Odgers Berndtson’s Ottawa office. She specializes in the recruitment of senior executives in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Susannah is also a member of the firm’s Leadership Practice and works with clients to assess and develop the leadership potential of their executives and high-potential talent.

Before joining Odgers Berndtson, Susannah was the Office Leader in Ottawa at Mercer Canada, where she worked as a human resources consultant, helping her clients manage their talent, in particular with respect to their pension and benefits plans. Prior to that she worked for Aon Hewitt in Toronto and the United Kingdom.

Susannah holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from McGill University, specializing in Psychology and Mathematics. She is a qualified actuary and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region as well as the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Susannah is also fully bilingual in English and French.

Penny Mirams
Penny Mirams is Partner and Head of the firm’s Health Care Practice in Toronto. With more than 18 years of executive search experience, Penny has lead a number of successful senior level searches for clients in institutional and community health care, as well as long-term care homes, foundations, health-related charities and member organizations.

Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Penny spent a number of years as a consultant in executive search and career outplacement, working for two international consulting firms on a freelance basis.

Her years in consulting have helped her to establish a large network of colleagues and contacts to assist her in recruiting top candidates for her clients.

Credits for Family Physicians:

This 1-credit-per hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Queen's University for up to 5 Mainpro+ credits.

Credits for Specialists:

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 Queen's University Office of CPD. You may claim a maximum of 5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Credits for Others:

This is an accredited learning activity which provided up to 5 hours of Continuing Education.

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