REDI Symposium Speaker: Dr Amy Tan

Join us on May 25th for our first virtual symposium – Race Ideology: Historical Perspectives, Current Realities and Re-imagining the Future Symposium

Dr Amy Tan, MD MSc (Pall Med) CCFP(PC) FCFP, is a woman of Cantonese Chinese descent, daughter of immigrants and first-generation university and medical school graduate who lives & works with disabilities. She is a palliative care & family physician, educator, researcher, anti-racism consultant, writer and health equity advocate.

Dr. Tan is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Palliative Care and Department of Family Practice at the UBC Faculty of Medicine, and has been in practice since 2005, now based in Victoria, BC. She is the Director of Teacher Assessment and Support in UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Faculty Development Office, and an Anti-Racism Support Program Faculty Mentor for UBC’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

Her scholarly work focusses on culturally-safe communication with patients, ethical shared decision-making, an anti-racist approach to care, primary palliative care, and advance care planning. She completed her medical school at the University of Calgary, and her family medicine residency at the University of Alberta and obtained a Masters of Science in Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University in 2011. She has been a faculty member and held various medical school leadership positions previously at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

Dr. Tan is Section Editor for Racism & Health for PLOS Global Health Journal that addresses deeply entrenched global inequities in public health and amplifies the voices of underrepresented and historically excluded communities.

Dr. Tan has been speaking out about the intersection of systemic racism and COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and is committed to ongoing work towards solutions for the structural inequities that the pandemic is laying bare in Canada.