Ritika Goel

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If understanding the status quo and how history has gotten us to where we are today doesn’t anger you, either you don’t understand it or you’re benefitting from it, or both. #CMAagm twitter.com/alakijap/statu…
Oh the amount of grief we could save patients, and mitigate so many preventable negative outcomes if this were the case. #CDNhealth twitter.com/jkwan_md/statu…
Hits the nail on the head for the dual anxieties in primary care of knowing something is wrong but worrying about how to communicate this to a specialist without more. twitter.com/rvanwylick/sta…
Yaaassss. 👏🏽👏🏽�twitter.com/SarooSharda_MD…W2tIjKul
Amplifying this important thread as well on the #CMAagm EDI in leadership vote. Please know that these decisions are signals to those of us who do this work and esp those most impacted by it. It tells us our institutions are in fact not ready to make real change. twitter.com/boukamd/status…
But the old adage “you can’t be what you can’t see” is very true. It is that much harder for us to imagine ourselves as leading anything in a world where we rarely see anyone like us at the top. Using EDI metrics to contribute to board compositions is a tried and tested method.
I cannot tell you the number of times this has manifested in my own life. Where I pursued leadership positions because *others* reminded me I was qualified to take up a space. People like @DocSandyB @RouleauK @Gary_Bloch @DrJoshuaTepper @docdanielle. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
But beyond this, even if we had the people we need in medicine one consistent thing about our society is how it teaches some of us to value ourselves, our voice and our ideas and others to devalue them. This is often called the impostor syndrome but is actually marginalization.
For those who don’t understand HOW the structures play out to road to disproportionate leadership- there are infinite ways. Of course firstly we don’t even have the pool to draw from for groups like Black and Indigenous people so the same few leaders are called on over and over.
The reason we even have the representation we have now is due to the work done by women, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+ people to create and push for spaces along with those who have supported them. To have those efforts used to suggest the system works is very upsetting.
Until we are willing to FACE this truth and put in place mechanisms to MITIGATE it, we will continue to reproduce the status quo which structurally advantages a small percentage of the population and pat ourselves in the back for the occasional few who break through.
The reality is that this country and the power structures within it have always been set up to be anti-democratic. The rules of the game were set up by and for high-income, cis straight White European settler men. Look around at the leadership of essentially all institutions.
Very disappointing to hear the results of this motion at @CMA_Docs AGM. Most disturbing is the use of arguments that current processes have “done just fine”for diversity and representation, and even suggesting having the board take identity into consideration is anti-democratic. twitter.com/amytanmd/statu…
EDI in Leadership motion for CMA was DEFEATED. Not surprised, though incredibly disappointed and disheartened by my profession right now. #CMAagm @CMA_Docs
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Watching with so much awe as once again a linea nigra (dark line) slowly develops on my abdomen thought to be to guide my coming newborn to its source of food. The human body is so miraculous.
“Black women are exhausted. [We’re] finally claiming the time to rest… Black women have been groomed to overachieve. We know how to boss up and get it done. So it’s about reprogramming the idea that it’s weak to say you can’t do more.” washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
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This is one of the most honest paragraphs I have ever read in an institutional document. Anyone who cares about equity and anti-oppression in healthcare must read the @CAMHnews Strategy on Dismantling Anti-Black Racism. It is a real model for structural change.
All people in Canada should read this pertaining to Afghanistan. Thank you so much @Bushra_Ebadi. 🙏🏽🙏�twitter.com/bushra_ebadi/s…2ZNzU7
Yesssss. Actually redirecting ***resources*** to historically marginalized communities is how we make real change. Glad to see this @CMA_Docs! twitter.com/cwieman/status…
So excited for this announcement! The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) will now be able to increase our capacity to support our membership & establish a more substantive mentorship program across the country! Let’s get to work ✊🏽2
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more compelling covid vaccine data: not one patient who has been fully vaccinated has been admitted to our ICU or been on a ventilator. full stop.
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There are way too few #trans doctors, and it’s messed up. Can we start a thread of trans medical students? And #medtwitter can chime in to offer mentorship and help with advancement?
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Today I had a doctor tell me that my kid’s Down syndrome is unfortunate.  So this is your friendly reminder that disability is not unfortunate. My kid's life is not unfortunate. You know what IS unfortunate? Ableism. Discrimination. Exclusion.  Insurmountable barriers. #DoBetter
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My journey through the Canadian education system has been one where " No, not you" has been the norm. I am taking this moment to celebrate my " Yes, we want all of you" moment! Very honored to join @UTSCDHS with a graduate appointment @UofT_FIFSW bit.ly/3somcqk
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Today at a meeting of @uoftmedicine senior leaders, we discussed how the concept of "professionalism" can be used against people who speak up for justice. Afterwards, I reflected on how amazing it is that this kind of critical dialogue now occurs at these tables. #DreamJob
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This is such devastating news for our community. We’ll miss you, Francisco, your vibrant spirit and infectious smile. I can’t imagine FCJ without you. Thank you for dedicating your life to justice for so many. twitter.com/RefugeeCentre/…
Ontario, pretty shameful how much less we pay our nurses than other provinces, especially given what they’ve had to deal with during the pandemic. #onpoli twitter.com/alikamd/status…
Dear ER colleagues, Don’t discontinue your patient’s Kadian, Methadone or Suboxone in hospital. Check with the patient’s pharmacy on dose and prescribe it. Advocate that your ER pharmacy stocks these medicines. This is a systems issue that isn’t excusable. twitter.com/RitikaGoelTO/s…
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And to top it off, we then slap on the “left AMA” label on ie “against medical advice” to cover the system’s liability when the whole situation is entirely preventable, predictable and very much the system’s doing.
I saw a patient who was extremely sick, went to ER and was to be admitted to hospital but left because she was not provided her regular daily dose of methadone. This is not the first time I’ve heard this, and it is not OK. This is why people who use drugs avoid healthcare.
I cannot tell you the number of kids who came out for the first time simply because of my hair or being openly - clearly - gay. It's a lot. Or how parents breathed easier when I asked their kid their pronouns. But I will say, representation - you being you - matters.💖🦄🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
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1/When Black communities express distrust in covid-19 vaccines, the ppl best positioned to address it are…Black communities! Check out our CMAJ article describing our successes & framework for allies who want to support Black patients. RESPECT is key! cmaj.ca/content/193/31…
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A young waiter called me ma’am tonight and then quickly said “I’m sorry, what are your pronouns?” And that’s the first time that’s happened to me in my small town 🥺
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It might be unpopular to say, but the rise of virtual care is resulting in A LOT of very bad medicine The physical exam may be old fashioned, but if you never perform one, your diagnosis will be wrong very often
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1 of 6 @queensu affiliated individuals named in an anonymous report calling into question their claims to Indigenous identity. twitter.com/cbcottawa/stat…
This doesn’t mean we cannot be accurate in our descriptions of heritage. Or choose to learn, reconnect, or serve communities we may have distant connections to. But to me it feels wrong to fully assume as your primary identity something that is so distant from your experience.
But there is a history of white folks feeling entitled to others’ cultures. When your entire family engaged in settler colonialism as white people in Canada save one Indigenous person, you are primarily a product of white settler privilege. Own it.
If I discovered a distant British ancestor from the time of early colonial rule in India, no one would accept me calling myself white.
Let’s start by talking about what choices are available. twitter.com/NHC_Gigi/statu…
I’m struck by the entitlement required to claim an identity and all the weight it carries, based on information that you may have an Indigenous ancestor or two, back 6-7 generations.
91% of the Navajo Nation is fully vaccinated. If the Navajo Nation were another country—it’d be the most vaccinated in the world.
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💜💜 to all the trans and enby ppl who are still dealing with overt misgendering, transphobia, and violence on a daily basis. I see you and we need to do better. Medical transition should not be a requirement to avoid daily traumas.
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Ofc, passing privilege & HRT not accessible to all, etc. But personally HRT has afforded me the opportunity to move on w my life and declutter my mind of the constant anxiety of being misgendered. That is a privilege and something worth fighting for
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Earlier this week I was misgendered when picking my baby up from daycare. First time it happened in years & I forgot about it within minutes. Years ago that interaction would have sent me into an anxiety spiral. That's 1 benefit of HRT - respite from relentless misgendering...
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Can we talk about shelter staff the way we talk about health care, education and LTC workers. We have people living in congregate settings and congregating to get meals etc. Vaccination rates in shelters are lower then the general pop. @epdevilla #CovidIsNotOver
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Main tere haath naan aani… ❤️❤️❤️ twitter.com/ramakrishnannn…
This is my favourite thing ever !!!!!! twitter.com/uoftmedicine/s…
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