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UBC PHPM resident Dr. Hadal El-Hadi receives Canadian Medical Association award

Jul 09, 2024 |

Congratulations to Dr. Hadal El-Hadi on receiving the Dr. Brian Brodie Organizational Leadership Development Award for resident for her work to address systemic inequities in health care!

The Dr. Brian Brodie Organizational Leadership Development Award honours the vision and guidance of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA)’s longest serving board chair. The award is granted to one student and one resident who demonstrate exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership. The award is intended to help pursue further leadership development opportunities.

Dr. El-Hadi is a fourth-year resident in the public health and preventative medicine residency program at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. Recognizing the urgent need to tackle systemic inequities in health care, she co-founded Black Physicians of Canada ⎯ now the largest organization representing Black doctors, trainees and patients in Canada, and a member of the Canadian Medical Forum.

As a first-generation immigrant from Sudan, Dr. El-Hadi pursued her medical education at the University of Saskatchewan. She then earned a Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before beginning her residency in public health and preventative medicine at the University of British Columbia.

In 2020, Dr. El-Hadi and her team launched the first formal mentorship program for Black physicians and those in training, successfully matching over 60 residents, fellows, and early-career physicians nationwide. She collaborates with national stakeholders to combat systemic anti-Black racism in medical education and co-chaired the inaugural Black Physicians of Canada conference, “I Am Because You Are,” which united Black physicians and trainees from across the country to celebrate their shared identity in the medical field.

A version of this announcement was originally posted on the CMA website.