Workshops on Workplace Harassment and Intimidation
The EDG office organizes and delivers annual workshops on harassment and intimidation for first-year residents, first-year medical students and first-year graduate students. These mandatory workshops included a short lecture that outlines the issues, discusses the performance of our Faculty in relation to other medical faculties across Canada and identifies resources for the trainees to employ if they require help. The lecture is followed by small-group breakout sessions, each led by a moderator. During these sessions, issues and scenarios centered on harassment and intimidation that are relevant to each group of trainees are discussed.
Training on Unconscious Bias for Search Committees
Despite our best intentions, we all harbour unconscious biases that will influence our ability to be objective in the selection and evaluation of candidates for key faculty and administrative positions. These biases are exacerbated when search committees are not adequately prepared, are overloaded with information and/or are rushed to make a decision. Studies have shown that these biases often disadvantage minority candidates and lead to a less diverse workforce. The EDG Advisory Committee has developed a workshop for search committees involved in the recruitment process for faculty or key administrative positions.
We recommend the following:
Mandatory training for all newly formed search committees to discuss
committee expectations, evaluation criteria and procedures, and
sources of, and procedures for eliminating unconscious bias
Mandatory debriefing of committees at the end of the process to identify best practices (what worked well, what needs improvement, and how satisfied committee members were with the fairness of the process)
Improved data collection on the applicant pool, keeping track of who applied, who was invited for an interview and who was given an offer of employment, so that equity criteria can be evaluated at the end of the process