Dr. Mohamed Ravalia was born and raised in the former British colony of Rhodesia (now the independent state of Zimbabwe). In 1984 he completed a locum in Arcola, Saskatchewan, under the guidance of Dr. Temba M’Cwabeni. He subsequently moved to Twillingate, Newfoundland, where he worked as a family physician, medical educator, and community activist. His practice focused on generalist care and teaching. In June 2018 he was appointed to the Senate upon the recommendation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Senator Ravalia proudly represents the regional interests of his fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with a focus on rural health, marginalized populations, resource management, eldercare, and Indigenous advancement. Through his international and Canadian experiences, and with his down-to-earth personality, he will bring a broad perspective to Virtual FMF 2021. Follow Senator Ravalia on Twitter
Thursday, November 11, 2021, 9:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
Dr. James Makokis is a two-spirit family physician on a mission to serve marginalized populations and change the outcomes for Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ peoples. He leads one of North America’s most progressive family medical clinics serving both LGBTQ2S+ and First Nation peoples from all over Canada where his approach to medicine incorporate First Nation healing practices to connect the mind, body, and spirit for his patients. He was a recent winner of Season 7 of the Amazing Race Canada with his husband Anthony Johnson as “Team Ahkameyimok” (“Never give up” in the Plains Cree language). They used their time on the show to bring attention to important issues like never before. Dr. Makokis will provide inspirational stories and practical insights on practicing with both Indigenous and Gender Diverse people. Follow Dr. Makokis on Twitter.
Friday, November 12, 2021, 9:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
Dr. Brian Hodges is a seasoned health care executive, teacher, research scientist, author, and practising physician with a passion for improving the Canadian health care and education systems. He is a thought leader on the future of health care and education, and he is an advocate for balancing emerging strategies for how we can integrate current and future artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into family medicine and teaching effectively. Dr. Hodges will share compelling stories and inspire you to embrace technology compassionately and where it makes sense. Could this really be a win-win for physicians and patients? Join us to find out! Follow Dr. Hodges on Twitter