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Scientists are human, too. So are therapists and doctors. Come join us as we tell human stories of both setbacks and successes and the kind of wisdom that only comes from failing the first time.

Accidental Intellectual Accidental Intellectual

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Scientists are human, too. So are therapists and doctors. Come join us as we tell human stories of both setbacks and successes and the kind of wisdom that only comes from failing the first time.

    11 - Lina Elfaki: Piece of My Identity

    11 - Lina Elfaki: Piece of My Identity

    Lina Elfaki, MSc, joins us to discuss health advocacy and equity, the importance of recognizing intersectionality when looking at representation in STEM, finding balance as a medical student and so much more!


    Lina Elfaki is a second-year medical student at the University of Toronto (UofT). She completed her undergraduate degree in Physiology and Human Biology at UofT. For her Master of Science at the Institute of Medical Science, Lina worked with Dr. Howard Leong-Poi at St. Michael’s Hospital to study a novel gene therapy for aortic aneurysms. More recently, she has been passionate about equity-seeking cardiovascular research. Beyond academics, as an immigrant Black woman, she has been promoting gender and racial equity in healthcare and STEM education. She is the inaugural Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UofT’s Medical Society pushing for systemic and cultural changes to curriculum, student wellness, and admissions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lina has been focusing on community-based health promotion to support her Black community in Toronto. In her free time, Lina loves to dance and walk by the lake, even at freezing cold temperatures. 


    Follow Lina on Twitter! Learn about Step into STEM and the Toronto Political Advocacy Committee (TPAC) online.


    This episode of Accidental Intellectual is produced by Holly Boyne, Manon Feasson, Lauren Goldberg, Bronwyn Lamond, Rachael Lyon, Harrison McNaughtan, Stephanie Morris, Lee Propp, and Ariana Simone. Our theme music is by Alexandra Willet and our branding by Maxwell McNaughtan.

    To learn more about the Accidental Intellectual podcast and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit our website at www.accidentalintellectual.com.

    • 44 min
    10 - Asante Haughton: Surrounded by Stories

    10 - Asante Haughton: Surrounded by Stories

    Asante Haughton, BSc., Speaker and Mental Health Advocate, joins us to discuss his advocacy work in the areas of mental health and crisis response reform, storytelling through music, doing what works for you and so much more!


    Asante Haughton is a mental health advocate devoted to changing the world. He is focused on amplifying the stories of everyday people to illuminate gaps in the system while working to build bridges between community members and policy makers in order to find solutions to challenges together. Asante is the co-founder of the Reach Out Response Network, an organization advocating for non-police led mobile crisis emergency response. Asante is also a 2x TEDx speaker and a CAMH Difference Maker, awarded with the distinction of being one of the top 150 mental health influencers in Canada. When Asante is not speaking and advocating he is designing, managing and facilitating peer support training programs at Stella's Place, a youth mental health service agency in Toronto and hosting the web show, Cypher, which turns peer support stories into original songs by Juno nominated musicians. Young at heart, silly, self-deprecating and able to find a sports analogy for virtually anything, Asante tries not to take himself too seriously despite being engaged in the serious work of change-making!


    Follow Asante on Twitter! Learn more about the Reach Out Response Network and Cypher online.


    This episode of Accidental Intellectual is produced by Holly Boyne, Manon Feasson, Lauren Goldberg, Bronwyn Lamond, Rachael Lyon, Harrison McNaughtan, Stephanie Morris, Lee Propp, and Ariana Simone. Our theme music is by Alexandra Willet and our branding by Maxwell McNaughtan.

    To learn more about the Accidental Intellectual podcast and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit our website at www.accidentalintellectual.com.

    • 57 min
    9 - Dr. Ritika Goel: Uplifting Community

    9 - Dr. Ritika Goel: Uplifting Community

    Ritika Goel, MD, joins us to discuss her journey into medicine, the tremendous power of privilege, her role in mentorship and activism, uplifting marginalized voices and communities, and so much more!


    Dr. Ritika Goel is a family physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto working with the St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team and doing shelter-based work with Inner City Health Associates. She is the Faculty Lead for Social Accountability at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Chair of the Social Accountability Working Group at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. 


    Ritika has been engaged in health-related activism, public speaking and writing on issues at the intersection of health and social justice throughout her career. She has organized with Canadian Doctors for Medicare, the OHIP for All campaign and Doctors for Defunding the Police. Ritika is passionate about bringing lenses of anti-oppression and social justice into medicine, including medical education, continuing professional development and institutional change. 


    Follow Ritika on Twitter!


    This episode of Accidental Intellectual is produced by Holly Boyne, Manon Feasson, Lauren Goldberg, Bronwyn Lamond, Rachael Lyon, Harrison McNaughtan, Stephanie Morris, Lee Propp, and Ariana Simone. Our theme music is by Alexandra Willet and our branding by Maxwell McNaughtan.


    To learn more about the Accidental Intellectual podcast and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit our website at www.accidentalintellectual.com.

    • 48 min
    8 - Dr. LaRon Nelson: Resist the Urge to Silence Yourself

    8 - Dr. LaRon Nelson: Resist the Urge to Silence Yourself

    LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, FNP,  joins us to discuss his journey into academia, his incredible involvement in research across three countries, the importance of standing up for what you believe in, and so much more!


    Dr. LaRon Nelson is a public health nurse and family nurse practitioner. He is the Independence Foundation Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean of Global Affairs and Planetary Health at Yale University. He is also co-director of the Research Education Initiative for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) Fellowship program in the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. 


    In Canada, Dr. Nelson is the current holder of the O.H.T.N. Research Chair in Implementation Science with Black Communities based at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He has received numerous honours including a Canadian Rising Star in Global Health, the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the President’s Trailblazer Award by the National Black Nurses Association. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Adolescent Health and an Associate Editor for the Global Health section of BMC Public Health. LaRon has active research projects in the United States, Canada and Ghana and his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Canadian Institute for Health Research, Grand Challenges Canada and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.


    Follow LaRon on Twitter!


    This episode of Accidental Intellectual is produced by Holly Boyne, Manon Feasson, Lauren Goldberg, Bronwyn Lamond, Rachael Lyon, Harrison McNaughtan, Stephanie Morris, Lee Propp, and Ariana Simone. Our theme music is by Alexandra Willet and our branding by Maxwell McNaughtan.

    To learn more about the Accidental Intellectual podcast and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit our website at www.accidentalintellectual.com. 

    • 50 min
    7 - Dr. Allison Crawford: Making Meaning in Medicine

    7 - Dr. Allison Crawford: Making Meaning in Medicine

    Allison Crawford, MD, Ph.D., joins us to discuss how she uses the arts to help make meaning in medicine, the proliferation of telemedicine and virtual care, the importance of recognizing what brings you joy, and so much more!


    Dr. Crawford is a psychiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, where she is Associate Chief of Virtual Mental Health and Outreach at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is co-Chair of ECHO Ontario; and co-Chair of ECHO Ontario Mental Health, and is also the Chief Medical Officer of the Canada Suicide Prevention Service. Allison’s focus is on increasing access to quality mental health care, including through the integration of virtual care.   


    Dr. Crawford has worked as a psychiatrist in Nunavut for over 15 years, and coordinates psychiatric services for the Government of Nunavut. She works with the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the Arctic Council on circumpolar wellness and suicide prevention initiatives. Allison also has a PhD in English literature, through HeART Lab she advances the use of art, research, and technology to engage community, patients, and providers to co-create compassionate health care.  


    Follow Allison on Twitter and learn more about the HeART lab here!


    This episode of Accidental Intellectual is produced by Holly Boyne, Manon Feasson, Lauren Goldberg, Bronwyn Lamond, Rachael Lyon, Harrison McNaughtan, Stephanie Morris, Lee Propp, and Ariana Simone. Our theme music is by Alexandra Willet and our branding by Maxwell McNaughtan.


    To learn more about the Accidental Intellectual podcast and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit our website at www.accidentalintellectual.com. 

    • 45 min
    6 - Dr. Naheed Dosani: Decisive Action, Good Care

    6 - Dr. Naheed Dosani: Decisive Action, Good Care

    Naheed Dosani, MD, joins us to discuss his important work in the area of palliative care, his presence on social media, how he creates meaningful partnerships with his patients and others in the healthcare community, and so much more!


    Dr. Dosani is a palliative care physician and health and human rights activist dedicated to advancing equitable access to health care for people experiencing homelessness. A transformative experience providing care to a Toronto homeless man at the end of his life motivated Dr. Dosani to develop Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH), a program of the Inner City Health Associates. Dr. Dosani shares his passion for health equity through a broad range of education and advocacy initiatives including national media, public speaking, an active social media presence, and faculty appointments at the University of Toronto and McMaster University.


    Follow Naheed on Twitter and learn more about the PEACH program online!


    This episode of Accidental Intellectual is produced by Holly Boyne, Manon Feasson, Lauren Goldberg, Bronwyn Lamond, Rachael Lyon, Harrison McNaughtan, Stephanie Morris, Lee Propp, and Ariana Simone. Our theme music is by Alexandra Willet and our branding by Maxwell McNaughtan.

    To learn more about the Accidental Intellectual podcast and get full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit our website at www.accidentalintellectual.com. 

    • 52 min

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29 Ratings

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Awesome work

I love the mission and motive of this podcast. This is an incredible team of young people working to humanize health care providers and scientists. Worth a listen - looking forward to more episodes!

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