It's high time Canada started collecting race-based performance data on medical training and careers

Elsevier, The Lancet Regional Health - Americas, Volume 14, October 2022
Menezes A., Henry S., Agarwal G.

As three racialised researchers, the following commentary and call to action is personal. Candid discussions with our racialised colleagues regarding experiences of racism, discrimination, and prejudice throughout their education, training, careers, and personal lives are magnified by our own mirrored stories. But anecdotal stories are hard to conceptualise within the broader Canadian medical landscape and beg the question: Is there a way to measure the impact of racism on medical training and career progression?  Recently, the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have made large strides in affirmative action plans and targets to eliminate the impacts of racism on medical careers.1,2 We have watched with interest as the field of differential attainment (DA) research quickly evolved in these western countries, highlighting the paucity of discussions and recognition of this important phenomena in the Canadian medical landscape.