#1: Interview with Dr. Kathleen Ross

Hello there. It's a pleasure to meet you all. My name is Alykhan Abdulla, and I am the co-host of Med Talks: Beyond the White Coat. This is our very first podcast. I'm actually very excited to participate in it with you and also share our surprising guest. Well, let me tell you a little bit about what our intention is, and then it'll be a lot easier when I introduce our guest.

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AA: Hello there. It's a pleasure to meet you all. My name is Alykhan Abdulla, and I am the co-host of Med Talks Beyond the White Coat. This is our very first podcast, and I am excited. I am beyond excited to participate in this with you and to share our surprising guest. But let me tell you a little bit about what the intention of Med Talks is, and it'll be a lot easier when I introduce our guest.

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AA: Med Talks Beyond the White Coat is an opportunity to understand about leadership. And we're going to meet some incredible leaders and you will get to hear from them about their stories and what they've gone through to achieve their leadership role, their struggles, their challenges, their successes, and the things that they learned along the way to make sure that they were prepared and ready and confident to move forward in their leadership role.

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AA: And more importantly, you're going to hear advice. Advice that they want to share. Advice to help others who are motivated to follow in their footsteps, to climb up on their shoulders and move forward to their next leadership challenge. So with that, I would like to introduce our very first podcast guest, Dr. Kathleen Ross. Dr. Kathleen Ross is the president of the Canadian Medical Association.

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AA: She grew up in small town Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. She's a mother of two and she's been married for 35 years. In addition to doing clinical work in family medicine, comprehensive family medicine, she also has done work in obstetrics and surgical assisting during this entire time period. She was also previously the President of the Doctors of B.C., which is a feat upon itself.

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AA: It's British Columbia's provincial Medical Association for its 15,000 doctors. And in addition to that, she's been involved in health care and health care policy and led many grassroots improvements. Those include the chair of the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice and the president of the medical staff of the Royal Columbian Hospital. She's a founding member of the Doctors of B.C. Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.

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AA: She's had the opportunity to be the lead in regards to anti-racism and unconscious bias. She's helped elevate all kinds of leaders in all kinds of positions using her skill sets of diversity and thoughtfulness. She was involved in the physician quality improvement. She chairs the CMA administrative burden and working Group and participates in the McMaster National Fellows Program for Health Care Leadership.

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AA: And this is the part that I'm hoping that we can get into today. I'm hoping we can talk about her volunteerism because it was her service in her past that has been the absolute cornerstone for the type of leadership that she brings, authentic and honest. She worked in the Andean regions of Peru, and she speaks some of their languages, believe it or not.

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AA: She's also helped and spent time with the Girl Guides of Canada. And before that, she was honoured with the Terry Fox Wall of Fame in Coquitlam in 2019. With that, I'm excited to introduce you. Dr. Kathleen Ross. Dr. Ross, how are you?

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KR: Very good. How are you?




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Alykhan Abdulla, BSC, MD, LMCC, CCFPC, DipSportMed CASEM, FCFCP, CTH (ISTM), CCPE, Masters Cert Phys Leader, ICD.D is the Medical Director of The Kingsway Health Centre, The Kingsway Travel Clinic, and The Kingsway Cosmetic Clinic. He is also the Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and Academic Clinical Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Nursing. In addition he is the Director of UOttawa Undergraduate Medical Education Leadership Development Curricula. Dr. Abdulla is the Editor in Chief Journal of Current Clinical Care Sports Medicine section. He is the Board Director Bruyere Continuing Care, ESO-OHT Primary Care Table, Ontario Medical Foundation, College of Family Physicians of Canada, 700 Sussex Drive Board (OCLCC 713), The Rideau Club Finance & Audit and Past Chair Section of General and Family Practice Ontario Medical Association.

Moiz Lakhani, BHSc graduate from McMaster University and current medical student at the University of Ottawa, co-hosts the Med Talks: Beyond the White Coat podcast. A 2021 Cansbridge fellow, Moiz has spoken at the UN HQ, Youth Assembly Conferences, and WISE in Qatar. He's also a 2022 Diana Award recipient, the highest honor for youth in social action and humanitarian work.