Dr. Gigi Osler Discusses the Importance of EDI in Healthcare (EDI Series Part 1)

Published on August 4, 2022


In Part 1 of our series on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), we are honoured to be joined by special guest Dr. Gigi Osler.  Dr. Osler shares her experiences overcoming barriers in her own career and discusses the importance of EDI in healthcare, and why it is a critical component of planning for our future health workforce. Tune in as we explore one of the most important topics in Canada, around the world, and in healthcare.

About Dr. Gigi Osler

Dr. Flordeliz “Gigi” Osler is an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgeon, an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba, and a dedicated advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. Born in Winnipeg to immigrant parents from the Philippines and India, her mother encouraged her strength and independence, while her father inspired her to become a physician. In practice since 1998, she has worked to balance life as a surgeon, wife, and mother.

As the 2021 Federation of Medical Women of Canada President, she serves as a role model and leader for the medical profession and influences medical women across Canada. In 2018, when she was the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President, she led the development of the CMA’s first-ever policy on equity and diversity. She also has leadership roles with the Canadian Medical Forum, the Virtual Care Task Force, the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the International Federation of ORL Societies.

Dr. Osler is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada May Cohen Equity, Diversity and Gender Award. She made WXN Canada’s 2019 Top 100 Most Powerful Women List, the Medical Post’s 2021 Power List, and was inducted into the Government of Canada’s Women of Impact in Canada online gallery in 2022.

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