Nov. 1, 2018 – Joule, a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) subsidiary, today announced the recipients for its annual Innovation grants. The program, now in its third year, has previously provided grants to projects that have helped spark change in surgical practices, medical referrals, mental health and more. This year marks the highest value Innovation grants to date: recipients will share $200,000 in flexible funding to develop or expand a project that affects how physicians work and the care their patients receive.
Dr. Latif Murji, a resident at St. Michael’s Hospital, founded Stand Up for Health (SU4H) a not-for-profit organization. Led by Dr. Latif Murji and run by young health professionals and students―that aims to use experiential learning to generate meaningful discussion and action surrounding the social determinants of health. Its cornerstone is an immersive simulation that places participants in the role of Canadians living in poverty. Participants interact, make choices, and solve challenges within their given set of circumstances. The latter portion of the workshop consists of a facilitated discussion on challenges faced by marginalized Canadians, as well as public policy that leads to a healthy and equitable society. SU4H will redefine the field of medical education by shifting didactic teachings to an interactive, technology-based simulation for physicians and trainees.