The SOGC responds publicly to the coroner’s report on Joyce Echaquan’s death
October 19, 2021
As a women’s health organization, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is saddened by the conclusions of the coroner’s report, which states that the racism and prejudice to which the Atikamekw woman was subjected to were contributing factors in her death.
We strongly believe that all women are entitled to respectful health care, and that prejudices, discrimination, and racism are unacceptable in the health care system and should not occur. As women’s health practitioners, Indigenous physicians, mothers, and daughters, we can’t deny that we have seen racism at play in our health care system. The health system is not always a safe experience for racialized people. We acknowledge work needs to be done to ensure equitable health care for all and that work starts with each one of us. The road to cultural safety starts with cultural humility. SOGC members will continue to reflect on this tragic event, as it relates to our own work and the treatment of our patients.
In June, the SOGC Board voted to recognize and support Joyce’s Principle and has committed itself to a course of action to eliminate systemic racism as it pertains to women’s health care. The SOGC has made implicit bias training mandatory for its staff and board members and encourages all SOGC members to undertake unconscious bias training. The Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee and the Indigenous Women’s Health Committee will advise the SOGC on further courses of action to address systemic racism in our health care system. SOGC is committed to board representation that reflects its members and the Canadian population.
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The SOGC and CMS acknowledge World Menopause Day
October 18, 2021
October 18 is World Menopause Day.
Emerging research is giving new options and providing clearer guidance on how to maximize health and quality of life for those entering or experiencing menopause. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) are proud to have collaborated with the Canadian Menopause Society (CMS) to update their Clinical Practice Guidelines on Menopause for health care providers.
As Canada’s population grows older, there are approximately 5,000,000 women who are premenopausal, in the transition, or have recently become menopausal. According to the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, “by 2030, using the age of 50 years as a proxy for menopause, the world population of postmenopausal women will be around 1.2 billion, with an incidence of 47 million reaching menopause each year." With half of a woman’s life spent in post-menopause, it is important to know what can be done maintain their health during this time and for the years to come.
Over the next several weeks the SOGC will be hosting virtual forums for SOGC members and non-members to learn about the new guidance from experts in the field. On October 29th 2021, the CMS and the SOGC will be hosting a national virtual meeting in which each of the guidelines will be presented and discussed.
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We are excited to announce that the SOGC has partnered with MD Financial Management, Canada’s only financial services firm exclusively dedicated to the financial well-being of physicians and their families, and Scotiabank, a leading bank in the Americas. The three-year agreement, whereby MD and Scotiabank will be the exclusive financial services partners of the SOGC, will provide resources that will support initiatives such as mentorship, bolstering our goal of improving women’s health in Canada. You can also look forward to easily accessible financial services resources on the SOGC website, with a full range of educational content, advice and financial planning solutions tailored to your specific needs as a healthcare provider dedicated to women’s health. We are pleased to collaborate with the experienced advisors at MD Financial Management and Scotiabank to offer physician-focused investing, customized advice and integrated solutions that include personal and business banking.
For more information about these services, please visit the MD and Scotiabank websites.
The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and education.
The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health.
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ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.
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