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Canadian dermatology residents express views on inclusion, diversity and equity in national essay competition

The Chronicle of Skin & Allergy, in partnership with the Dermatology Industry Taskforce on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (DiTiDE), recently revealed the winner of the second short essay competition for Canadian dermatology residents.


This contest was open to any resident enrolled in a dermatology training program at a Canadian medical school, with enrolment confirmed by their Program Director. Entrants submitted a 350- to 500-word composition reflecting on matters relating to inclusion, diversity, and equity.


A selection committee consisting of Dr. Neil H. Shear (University of Toronto), Mitchell Shannon (Chronicle), Anant Parkih (Galderma Canada), and Allan Ryan (Chronicle) judged the submissions. The winning entry will be published in an upcoming issue of The Chronicle.


The Grand Prize winner for 2023 is Dr. Airiss Chan, PGY3 Dermatology, University of Alberta, Edmonton for her essay “Overcoming Patient Hesitancy.”


DiTiDE is a volunteer working group composed of Canadian life sciences managers and executives, dermatologists, patient association leaders, and allied parties committed to improving the patient experience and outcomes of under-represented skin types and underserved ethnicities through developing physician education and resources.


According to DiTiDE, a new and revamped 2024 competition for Canadian dermatology residents will be announced soon.


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