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PARO President’s Update

May 3rd, 2021 Dear Colleagues, As the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic slams Ontario, we are acutely aware of the increasing numbers of very sick patients and the demands on our health care system. In the past two weeks, the PARO office has received multiple calls a day from Hospitals and Program Directors enquiring how residents might be mobilized... Read more

RDoC Update on RCPSC Oral Exams

April 29, 2021 Dear Colleagues, From the outset of the pandemic over a year ago, RDoC has been in the trenches fighting on behalf of our members. We have worked around the clock with our PHO partners to ensure that residents’ interests and needs are not overlooked.  We have had many, many successes, but we have not won every battle... Read more

RDoC Update on Exams

Sent on behalf of Dr. Esther Kim, RDoC President, on April 19th, 2021 Thank you to all of you who have been contacting RDoC and your provincial housestaff organizations with respect to exam schedules. In addition to direct contact with our members, we also carefully follow conversations on social media. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worked to... Read more

How To Ease Your Exam Anxiety During COVID

No argument here – studying for exams is stressful at any time, but even more so in the midst of a global pandemic. Talk about a perfect storm! There are ways to navigate the rough waves ahead, though. Don’t passively ride it out, build a better boat. Here are some common stressors and solutions that will help you get the... Read more

Promised Update on MCCQE2

March 16, 2021 Dear Colleagues, This message is for those individuals who are currently registered to sit the upcoming MCCQE Part II exam and who have been given the option to delay your exam to the fall. I had hoped that this message would provide clear guidance on the implications of any decision you might make. Unfortunately, we have been... Read more

Candlelight Vigil Honouring Those Lost to COVID-19

On Thursday, March 11th, PARO will join with 20 other healthcare organizations and professional associations in the province as part of a candlelight vigil to honour the memory of all those who have died from COVID-19.  March 11th marks the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic. It's a sombre anniversary - the virus has... Read more

CPSO MCCQE2 Exemption Policy

Sent on March 9th, 2021 Dear Colleague, PARO has been working closely with RDoC (Resident Doctors of Canada) and the other Provincial Housestaff Organizations to ensure that our members’ interests have been protected during the pandemic. RDoC has worked tirelessly with the College of Family Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Medical Council of Canada and the... Read more

March 8th RDoC Update – MCCQE Part 2

Dear Colleague, Throughout the pandemic, RDoC has only communicated with you when we have information that we think is helpful and information that you can trust. At times, we have been criticized for not engaging in social media. However, our approach has been to focus all of our energy and efforts on listening to and understanding our members’ concerns and... Read more

RDoC Update on MCCQE2

March 5, 2021 Dear Colleagues, Many of you have been reaching out to RDoC and to your Provincial Housestaff Organization for guidance as a result of a series of letters that the Medical Council of Canada recently distributed. Two different letters have been received. If you have previously registered to write the MCCQE2 exam, your letter indicates that you have... Read more