Images in Emergency Medicine Competition: A Showcase of Diversity and Representation

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📸Calling all photography enthusiasts and advocates for diverse representation in healthcare!📸

What it is: A first-ever CAEP photography competition designed to promote equity, representation, and inclusivity in emergency medicine education by showcasing images that reflect the diversity of healthcare providers and patients in Canada. Accepted photographs will be showcased in CAEP’s new open access Images in Emergency Medicine webpage. Top ranking photos will be featured in a presentation at CAEP24 in Saskatoon (click here) and the winning photo will be featured on the cover of the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Why are we doing this: There is a lack of representation in images for emergency medicine teaching.​1,2​ Countering stereotypes through images in education is an important strategy to address equity gaps. ​3–5​

When can I apply: The competition opens January 16th. The final date for submissions is April 2nd. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to get the appropriate permissions from your institution.

Where should photos be taken: These photographs will represent a diversity of emergency medicine experiences within Canada. They can come from a variety of settings. If you are taking photos in your healthcare institution, be sure to get a signed permission letter [link here] beforehand and stay within your setting’s photography guidelines.

Who: All emergency physicians, residents, and medical students interested in emergency medicine are invited to participate. CAEP members will have an advantage in the competition!

How: Submit your high resolution photograph(s) here along with the permission letter from your institution [link] (if your photograph was taken at a healthcare site) and consent forms for the people in your photograph(s)[link]

Submitted images should meet the following criteria:

  • High quality (high-resolution JPEG is an image that is typically 300 dots per inch or higher, over 3.5 megabytes)
  • clear details with the subject in clear focus, taken in a well-lit environment, 
  • Properly exposed: The image should have balanced brightness and contrast, with no overexposed or underexposed areas.
  • Images showing patient faces will be excluded
  • Uploaded as a .png or .jpeg file

Together, let’s create a visual narrative that reflects the diverse faces and stories that make up the incredible world of healthcare. 📸✨

#HealthcareThroughMyLens #DiverseImagesInHealthcare #CAEPImageCompetition2024

Ready to submit? Click here!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Julia Beljo at [email protected]!

This post was copy-edited by @aafia-maqsood


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    Kalantari A, Alvarez A, Chung A, et al. 228 Sex and Racial Visual Representation in Emergency Medicine Textbooks: A Call to Action to Dismantle the Hidden Curriculum Against Diversity in Medicine. Annals of Emergency Medicine. Published online October 2021:S92. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2021.09.240
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    Kalantari A, Alvarez A, Battaglioli N, et al. Sex and race visual representation in emergency medicine textbooks and the hidden curriculum. AEM Education and Training. Published online June 2022. doi:10.1002/aet2.10743
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    Massie JP, Cho DY, Kneib CJ, et al. Patient Representation in Medical Literature: Are We Appropriately Depicting Diversity? Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. Published online December 2019:e2563. doi:10.1097/gox.0000000000002563
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    Good JJ, Woodzicka JA, Wingfield LC. The Effects of Gender Stereotypic and Counter-Stereotypic Textbook Images on Science Performance. The Journal of Social Psychology. Published online February 26, 2010:132-147. doi:10.1080/00224540903366552
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    Turbes S, Krebs E, Axtell S. The Hidden Curriculum in Multicultural Medical Education. Academic Medicine. Published online March 2002:209-216. doi:10.1097/00001888-200203000-00007

Jennifer Bryan

Dr. Bryan is the Director of Research in Emergency Medicine at UHN. She is an emergency physician and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the founding Chair of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Antiracism and Anticolonialism Committee. Her work is focused on equity in emergency medicine and is at the intersection of global health with antiracism and anticolonialism.

Khadija Brouillette

I am a second-year medical student at McGill University and currently serve as the Chairperson of the Black Medical Students' Association of Canada (BMSAC) for the 2023-2024 term. I completed my Bachelor of Science and minor in Psychology at McMaster University. I am a member of the CAEP antiracism and anti-colonialism committee. During my free time, I am an assistant coach for the McGill Women’s Rugby team and I like to spend time with my cat, Topo!

Aafia Maqsood

I am a third-year medical student from Saskatoon who did my undergrad in Kinesiology and am currently a representative for CAEP's antiracism and anti-colonialism committee and the global health committee. My interests outside of Emergency medicine include working out, escape rooms, drawing, and playing with my 3-year-old niece!