Dr. Mojola Omole is a global surgical oncologist with over 10 years of experience developing and implementing patient focused care in various settings both in Canada and sub-Saharan Africa. She has been integral in advancing awareness of the global burden of oncological diseases and increase visibility across key stakeholders. Omole has experience promoting surgical oncology care, education and relevant research to improve health standards in resource poor and resource rich settings. This has been a dynamic process that includes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and culturally-appropriate application of knowledge to improve health, provide sustainable oncology services, and strengthen the health care system. As a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she was integral in the development of an oncology curriculum for Rwanda’s national residency training program. Omole completed her general surgery residency at McMaster University. She finished her breast surgical oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Each week Dr. Yusra Ahmad, a psychiatrist and clinical lecturer at University of Toronto, meets six to eight women with a range of mental health disorders at a mosque in the city’s west end. She leads them through a program that combines mindful meditation with concrete skills to manage negative thoughts and regulate emotions.
However, this is not your typical mindfulness therapy. Each session began with prayers from the Qur’an and incorporates teachings from Islamic scholars.