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Amy Montour brings two-eyed seeing to health care

Dr. Amy Montour has joined McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine full time to share her two-eyed seeing approach in health care with both faculty and students.

Montour is a 2003 graduate of the undergraduate program of McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and a family physician who completed her residency training at Juddah’s Place in Ohsweken with Dr. Karen Hill. Montour has been a part-time faculty member since 2013.

“As an Indigenous physician, I have the privilege of walking in two worlds,” said Montour.

“The values and teachings of my cultural background are incorporated into all that I do within the Western medical world. The Department of Family Medicine has provided space for me to develop my skills in applying two-eyed seeing in health care and now I have the opportunity to share this approach more broadly with my family medicine colleagues.”

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Dr. Amy Montour

As the site director for the Grand Erie Six Nations, Montour is a mentor to the the department’s faculty in Brantford, Delhi, Paris and on Six Nations as well to medical students and residents. .

She is guiding the experiential learning of new physicians as their preceptor, and also making herself available as a mentor to Indigenous learners of the department’s seven sites and with McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office.

“Amy is a very dedicated physician and deeply respected colleague,” said David Price, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine. “We are very fortunate that she has taken on this expanded role with the department.”

Montour has been helping counsel department leadership on how the department can effectively respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

“The perspective and guidance Amy has offered to our department, as we work to live out our responsibility addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, has been invaluable,” said Price

Montour was a member of the team that created the department’s Indigenous Teaching Through Art (ITTA) program. In late 2018, the first group of ITTA participants travelled to the Woodlands Cultural Centre in Brantford to engage, through art and culture, with the experiences of Indigenous people in Canada. This initiative is continuing to be available for all members of the department..

Montour’s role includes helping guide the spread of culturally-safe practices through the McMaster Family Health Team clinics. This work builds on the expertise, progress and teachings already established in the clinics and brought to the care of patients by a diverse team of clinicians.

“My hope is that through our ongoing relationship, that primary care will continue to learn from and adapt to the unique needs of Indigenous populations within Canada,” she said.

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