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Inclusion and Diversity

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto is committed to the principles of inclusion and diversity in all that we do. This includes:

  • recruiting students, faculty, and staff that reflect the diversity of our society
  • maintaining an environment of equity and fairness where all can work and learn
  • assuring that our programs and curricula prepare our graduates to meet the needs of the diverse communities they will serve in their careers in Canada and around the world

Find out more on our Faculty of Medicine Diversity Statement.

Allyship and Inclusion at the Faculty of Medicine

Allies acknowledge that there are injustices in society and that those who have been given more power and privilege based on their identities have a responsibility to respond to any form of oppression in our communities.

Community of Support

The program provides mentors, information on admissions, and guidance through medical school application process.

Summer Mentorship Program

SMP gives high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences.

Med Youth Summer Program

Med YSP offers high school students an exclusive glimpse into the world of medicine and medical research.

Office of Indigenous Medical Education

The office provides support to Indigenous students and is involved in initiatives through out the medical school, and university-wide.

Black Medical Student Association

The BMSA encourages minority students to pursue a career in medicine through outreach and community building.


Professor Lisa Robinson

Prof. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Head of the Division of Nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and a Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology program at the SickKids Research Institute. She received her MD degree from the University of Toronto and trained in Internal Medicine at The Toronto Hospital. She completed her residency in Paediatrics at the University of Western Ontario and received her Paediatric Nephrology training at Duke University.

Prof. Robinson received the 2010 Harry Jerome Health Sciences Award from the Black Business & Professional Association. She is also a Faculty Mentor in the Diversity Mentorship Program and a member of the Black Canadians Admissions Subcommittee. At SickKids, Prof. Robinson is the founder and director of Kids Science, which provides opportunities for “at-risk” middle- and high-school students. She also founded the Student Advancement Research (StAR) Program, which offers high school students from Black and Aboriginal backgrounds a six-week paid, hands-on research and clinical shadowing internship.

As Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Robinson strives to help undergraduate students, medical students, residents, faculty, and staff at all stages of the medical education continuum and works with many departments and allies to champion diversity in admissions, education, and recruitment at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. 

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