Sexual harassment allegation looms over Northern Ontario School of Medicine

In an interview with Med News Ledger, Dr. Ana Safavi claims that she was suspended from the residency program after reporting to management that she was the victim of sexual harassment by one of the program’s managers. Ms. Safavi even hired a public relations firm to publicize the situation she is experiencing.

Dr. Safavi has been suspended since February 2, and according to her, it is because she accuses one of her superiors of having sexually harassed her.

“The harassment was mostly verbal,” she said in an interview. There was no sexual assault. ”

She claimed that the superior had made sexual comments, in front of others and privately, and that he had speculated about his sex life and his partners.

The alleged events were reported to the program management without denouncing anyone.

“I wanted to know the sexual harassment policy and my options first, while ensuring a transparent investigation before identifying my stalker,” she says.

NOSM would have imposed conditions, such as the list of places she works, to avoid contact with the person in question, which she refused, believing that it would identify that person even before deciding to make a complaint.

Dr. Safavi also requests that a third party conduct the investigation, not trusting the process internally.

I think it is unreasonable to ask me to file a complaint against my stalker as a condition of returning to work.

Dr. Ana Safavi, Physician in Residence at NOSM

Reputation denied

In a statement, the Dean and CEO of the Northern School of Medicine, Dr. Roger Strasser, argues that it is wrong to say that Dr. Safavi was suspended because she had made allegations of sexual harassment.

He explained that NOSM’s administrative policy requires that complaints be treated confidentially.

The release also states that the Northern Ontario School of Medicine does not tolerate sexual harassment and is committed to ensuring the safety of its students, staff and faculty.

“We take allegations of sexual harassment seriously, and will take all necessary steps to ensure that any allegation is thoroughly addressed,” the statement said.

NOSM will not comment further until the survey is complete.

Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller (MD)  has over 20 years experience as a educator and health practitioner. She has a B.S. from Lake Head University In Thunder Bay, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Guelph . Dr. Miller has worked as a special medical consultant for a major insurance provider before becoming a freelance health author and public speaker. There are several ways to contact Dr. Miller here.

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