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Introducing SPARK: The Sunnybrook Program to Access Research Knowledge for Black and Indigenous Medical Students

Published on: Dec 22, 2021

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Dr. Mireille Norris knows firsthand about the unique disadvantages Black and Indigenous students experience while pursuing careers in medicine.

"I struggled as a Black woman who navigated the medical system," she says, citing isolation due to the lack of Black representation in the field as well as racism and its resulting sense of unworthiness as just a couple reasons for her challenging path. "I've been shouldering a lot more than many of my peers throughout my career, and that has affected my academic productivity."

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