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Episode #9: Uplifting Community

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Dr. Ritika Goel

Ritika Goel, MD, joins us to discuss her journey into medicine, the tremendous power of privilege, her role in mentorship and activism, uplifting marginalized voices and communities, and so much more!


Dr. Ritika Goel is a family physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto working with the St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team and doing shelter-based work with Inner City Health Associates. She is the Faculty Lead for Social Accountability at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Chair of the Social Accountability Working Group at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. 


Ritika has been engaged in health-related activism, public speaking and writing on issues at the intersection of health and social justice throughout her career. She has organized with Canadian Doctors for Medicare, the OHIP for All campaign and Doctors for Defunding the Police. Ritika is passionate about bringing lenses of anti-oppression and social justice into medicine, including medical education, continuing professional development and institutional change. 


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This episode of Accidental Intellectual is produced by Holly Boyne, Manon Feasson, Lauren Goldberg, Bronwyn Lamond, Rachael Lyon, Harrison McNaughtan, Stephanie Morris, Lee Propp, and Ariana Simone. Our theme music is by Alexandra Willet and our branding by Maxwell McNaughtan.


To learn more about the Accidental Intellectual podcast and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit our website at www.accidentalintellectual.com.



  • Knowing and using the power of your privilege 

  • Dr. Goel’s many roles and providing care for marginalized communities

  • The importance of taking a system's perspective rather than just the individual lense, and the pushback that comes from confronting the system

  • Ritika’s trajectory into Family Medicine

  • Connecting to existing community activism and moving beyond the individual

  • Uplifting marginalized voices

  • How life tends to works itself out




Get the transcript of this episode HERE.