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Episode #14: The Power of Awareness

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Dr. Lisa Richardson

Lisa Richardson, MD, joins us to discuss her path into medicine, creating a better and more inclusive system of care, the importance of language, what is needed for good mentorship, and so much more!


Dr. Lisa Richardson is a mixed blood Anishinaabe physician and clinician-educator. She practices General Internal Medicine at the University Health Network in Toronto. She is the Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity at the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine. She is also the Strategic Lead in Indigenous Health for Women’s College Hospital where she founded the Centre for Wise Practices. Dr. Richardson is a strong advocate for Indigenous health equity and Indigenous health education at the local, national and international level.



  • Lisa’s journey into medicine

  • The way in which Dr. Richardson’s education and story impacts her practice of medicine

  • The intention and importance of language

  • Bias and stereotyping that comes out when we interact with our patients

  • Creating better care: different models and systems that are inclusive and incorporate various ways of knowing

  • Cultural safety in healthcare

  • Mentorship: gaps and benefits

  • The importance of connection and thinking about how we are in relation to others




Get the transcript of this episode HERE.