ABOUT

My Background

As the only woman in my family's history to hold a university degree, it is my duty to apply my diverse skill set and my strong background in clinical and academic bioethics to expand the horizons of young women around the world. My passion for education and justice motivates me to continuously expand my knowledge, experiences, and relationships.


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MY EXPERIENCE

Background & Expertise

 

Sept 2019 - Present

POET SPREAD LEADER, 
WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM & MCMASTER DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY MEDICINE

Implement the 'Prevention of Error-based Transfers' project by encouraging adherence to Ontario's Health Care Consent Act (1996) in Long-Term Care facilities across Southern Ontario through education, consultation, and ethics support. 
Supervisors: Dr. Paula Chidwick and Dr. Jill Oliver

June 2016 - Present

BIOETHICS INTERN, MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL

Assist the senior bioethicist in case consults, policy review and development, literature review and analysis, teaching, and committee presence. 

Examples: 

  • sex-selection protocol review for ultrasound technicians 

  • medical assistance in dying case consults and capacity review

  • international review of abortion procedure protocol 

  • anonymous or directed embryo donation policy creation 

  • fair allocation of funded IVF cycles 

Supervisors: Dr. Kerry Bowman (2016-2019), Dr. Rebecca Greenberg (2019 - Present)

Sept 2017 - Present

SESSIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

  • Assist in teaching third and fourth year bioethics based courses in the Human Biology department (HMB306/406)

  • Be well-read and well-versed in topics such as artificial intelligence, gene editing, reproductive technologies, consent and capacity, culture etc.

  • Correspond with students regarding lecture and course material, grade midterm essays and final exams, and collect attendance

March 2018 - Present

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, CAFÉ BIOETHICS

Café Bioethics started as an intellectually accessible forum where individuals, who do not necessarily have a background in bioethics, medicine, or law, can participate in laid-back philosophical discussion. Everyone has a stake in what we talk about, so why not engage with everyone?

Interested in learning more about my professional background?

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EDUCATION

2017 - 2019

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO,
DALLA LANA SCHOOL OF
PUBLIC HEALTH

Master of Health Science in Bioethics​

  • Department of Joint Centre for Bioethics

  • Practicum: Mount Sinai Hospital, Bioethics Department 

  • Thesis Project: OBGYN perspectives regarding permanent contraception for childless single women under 30 

  • GPA: 4.0

2011 - 2016

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO,
ST. GEORGE

Honours Bachelor of Science

  • Double majored in Human Biology: Health & Disease, and Bioethics

2008 - 2011

WESTMOUNT COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE

With a concentration on sciences and philosophy. 
Awarded prizes in philosophy and leadership.

 

MY RESEARCH

To provide a tangible showcase of my work, I’ve included a portfolio of my most recent projects. Take a moment to explore below, and reach out if you’re interested in learning more about what I have to offer.

Birth Control Treatment

BENEFICENT PATERNALISM

Ongoing

An investigation on the causes of paternalism towards women under 30 requesting permanent contraception.

HOW SHOULD FUNDED IVF BE ALLOCATED? PATIENT INTERVIEWS

Completed

Patients’ perspectives on allocation of publicly funded in vitro fertilization in Ontario: a qualitative study

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Fertility Egg Freezing

HOW SHOULD FUNDED IVF BE FUNDED? PATIENT SURVEY

Awaiting publication

On December 21, 2015, Ontario began funding one cycle of IVF for any Ontarian under age 43, with a program cap of 5000 cycles per year, which is below expected demand.

 

PRESENTATIONS

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD - EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF CENTRES OF MEDICAL ETHICS CONFERENCE 2019

Oxford, England - September 12th, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM - GLOBAL ETHICS CONFERENCE 2019

Birmingham, England - May 31st, 2019

CANADIAN BIOETHICS SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2019

Banff, Alberta - May 23rd, 2019

Beneficent Paternalism: A Qualitative Investigation of OBGYN Perspectives on Non-Clinical Objections to Tubal Sterilizations

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - CENTRE FOR ETHICS GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2019

Toronto, Canada - May 3rd 2019

Beneficent Paternalism: A virtuous approach to the gatekeeper role held by obstetrician/gynaecologists for permanent contraception

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE 2019

Toronto, Canada - March 9th 2019

Café Bioethics Workshop: Biobanking and Gene-Editing Technology

CANADIAN BIOETHICS SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2018

Halifax, Canada - May 2018

Resource Allocation of Publicly-Funded Fertility Treatments: A Grounded Theory Focus Group Study of Patients’ Perspectives

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS - BMJ

2020

Dunn, M., Gallagher, A., & Chauhan, N. (2020, May 5). What does good care look like in a pandemic? A Statement of Principles for Residential Care Settings. Journal of Medical Ethics Blog.

CMAJ OPEN

2019

Assal A, Chauhan N, Shin E-J, Bowman K, Jones C. Patients’ perspectives on allocation of publicly funded in vitro fertilization in Ontario: a qualitative study. CMAJ Open. 2019 Apr 1;7(2):E385–90.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF BIOETHICS

2018

Chauhan, N. (2018). Book Review: Lying down in the Ever-Falling Snow: Canadian Health Professionals Experience of Compassion Fatigue. Canadian Journal of Bioethics, 1(2), 80.

VOLUNTEER WORK

Medical Ethicist

SOCIETY OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNAECOLOGISTS OF CANADA, MEDICO-LEGAL ETHICS COMMITTEE

  • To provide opinions/analysis/directions on medico-legal topics for the Society and its members

  • To act as a resource committee to the president, the Council and the membership of the SOGC

  • To oversee the development and content of post-graduate courses in medico-legal aspects of the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology

  • To provide Policy Statements, Committee Opinions and Clinical Practice Guidelines with regards to area of reproduction and infertility

Graduate Student at Large, Board of Directors

CANADIAN BIOETHICS SOCIETY

  • Elected by fellow graduate and undergraduate students of the CBS

  • Representative of all bioethics-related graduate students acrossCanada

  • Involvement in CBS meetings, student liaison, event planning

  • Engage with fellow students to liven the bioethics community

  • Extensive conference planning and presentation, Halifax 2018 and Banff 2019

  • Advise and direct Canadian and American university representatives

  • Two-year term

President and Founder

CAFÉ BIOETHICS

  • Founded a successful initiative dedicated to public engagement and the advancement of knowledge regarding bioethics issues

  • Present and lead a democratic discussion regarding various ethical issues in medicine

  • Plan and organize monthly events at Hart House, U of T

  • Invite relevant stakeholders and interested members of the public

  • Post and share relevant media articles on the official Facebook page

  • Become the public engagement facet for students at the University of Toronto Bioethics Society

  • Past events include topics such as: Paid Surrogacy, MAID and Mental Illness, Sex-selection, Conscientious Objections and MAID

Vice-President and Co-founder

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO BIOETHICS SOCIETY

  • Lead an initiative dedicated to the bioethics student body

  • Further bioethics engagement for students in interdisciplinary fields like medicine, law, social work, nursing, scientific research etc.

  • Maintain a cohesive, governing student-lead body that connects the Joint Centre for Bioethics: Master of Health Sciences in Bioethics, Collaborative Program in Bioethics, the Bioethics undergraduate specialty and major in the Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Medicine, Café Bioethics, and the Canadian Bioethics Society

President

UT-SWING

  • Organize weekly swing dance socials and beginner lessons for U of T students and members of the downtown Toronto area

  • Plan special theme events

  • Teach beginner swing dancing lessons

Clinical Support Specialist

PRINCESS MARGARET CANCER CENTRE

  • Patient height and weight determination,

  • Patient hospitality, emotional support

  • On demand for various miscellaneous purposes within Princess Margaret Hospital.

 

RECOGNITIONS

GORDON CRESSY STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

2019

In appreciation of outstanding voluntary service while a student at the University of Toronto.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARD

2018

For outstanding service and contribution to the patients and families at Mount Sinai Hospital.

MARTIN MCKNEALLY CAPSTONE PROJECT AWARD

2018

For Patients' perspectives on allocation of publicly funded in vitro fertilization in Ontario: a qualitative study.

The capstone award criteria is based on capstone oral and written grading criteria template outlined in the Practical Bioethics course outline. The criteria include but are not limited to:

  • the integration of theory and practice;

  • originality and academic excellence;

  • actual or potential impact on the field.

INNOVATION POSTER SHOWCASE

2018

For Patients' perspectives on allocation of publicly funded in vitro fertilization in Ontario: a qualitative study. 

The poster innovation award is based on the presentation of a capstone project poster. 

 

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

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