Social Justice EM Podcast E02: Metis Worldview and Emergency Medicine with Dr. Jill Roberge

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In this episode, Amie speaks with Dr. Jill Roberge, a Métis physician about how she integrates the Métis Worldview into her practice. Dr. Roberge discusses her cultural background and why she chose to practice Emergency Medicine. Dr. Roberge discusses how the Métis worldview can be practiced every day through a compassionate lens. We also discuss her experiences with racism within the medical school application process and in healthcare. In conclusion, Dr. Roberge provides tangible tips on dealing with racism in healthcare for providers and how she addresses racism in her everyday life and practice.
Warning: Explicit language in this episode.

Host: Amie Archibald-Varley, RN, MN, Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Specialist Emergency Services

Short Bio: Amie is a registered nurse and a Quality & Patient Safety Specialist in Emergency Services. She is also a freelance journalist and Medical Contributor for the Canadian Broadcasting Commission (CBC). She is a graduate of the Master of Nursing program at the University of Toronto. Amie is a thought leader in advancing health equity and political health activism, including anti-Black racism. She is co-host of The Gritty Nurse, a podcast that gives nurses a platform to speak out and explore issues facing the profession. Amie is also the Director of Multimedia at CanadiEM.

Guest: Dr. Jill Roberge a Métis woman from the traditional territory of the Red River Settlement. Jill completed the FRCPC Emergency Medicine residency program at McMaster University and is now a staff emergency physician at Hamilton Health Sciences. Jill leads the Post-graduate medical education council at McMaster. She is also an Indigenous Health Educator and Curriculum for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Twitter: @amievarley
IG: @varleyrn
0:00-1:34 – Introduction
1:34- 5:07 – Background, Being Métis and Choosing Emergency Medicine
5:50 – 9:25– Metis Worldview and Integration into Medical Practice
10:57 – 14:30 – Slowing It Down: Compassion in the ED
14:30 – 24:47 – Personal Experience with Racism in Med School & Emergency Department & Allyship
23:40 – 24:20 – Tangible Tips on Dealing with Racism in Healthcare
31:26- 33:25 – Conclusion


I am an advanced practice nurse who works as a Quality Patient Safety Specialist in Emergency Services and the current Director of Multimedia at CanadiEM. I am the co-host of The Gritty Nurse Podcast, an unfiltered podcast related to health and healthcare. I am also a dynamic speaker on health equity and antiracism in healthcare with the National Speakers Bureau.