July 31, 2023

Dr. Rabiya Jalil named Associate Dean, People, Culture and Health Promotion

Appointment effective August 1, 2023
Rabiya Jalil

The Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rabiya Jalil, MD, PGME’11, as associate dean of People, Culture and Health Promotion. The appointment is effective August 1, 2023.

In this inaugural role, Dr. Jalil’s work will focus on the principles of the Okanagan Charter, which calls on post-secondary schools to embed health into all aspects of university culture, including administration, operations and academic mandates, and to lead health promotion action and collaboration.

Dr. Jalil is a Calgary-based family physician and an associate professor with the Department of Family Medicine. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Regina and medical doctorate at the University of Saskatchewan. Her previous roles within the CSM include associate director of MD Admissions and medical director of the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program.

In her practice, Dr. Jalil primarily serves patients with complex medical and social needs with a focus on women’s and sexual health. She spearheaded the creation of the CSM’s Alberta Sexual Assault Course and Conference and currently serves as the course chair.

Dr. Jalil has a particular interest in understanding systemic and structural barriers and how they influence admission into medical education. She is dedicated to cultivating a diverse community of physicians and scholars to serve diverse populations and ensuring that medical spaces are collaborative and culturally competent. She has received many awards honouring her dedication to medical education, family practice and community service. Among those, she was recently awarded a Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit award, recognizing her work to promote equitable admissions policies and innovations in teaching trauma-informed care.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Jalil enjoys yoga, gardening, playing board games with her family, going to comedy shows and running with her dogs.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Jalil on her new leadership appointment.


Todd Anderson, MD
Dean, Cumming School of Medicine   
University of Calgary