Electoral Group : McMaster CFPC | Positions : 4 | Currently Running : 3
Dr. Henry HePGY-1 | McMaster | Family Medicine
Hey everyone! My name is Henry and I am a McMaster Medicine alumnus and current CBRT Family Medicine PGY1. My interest in student advocacy was sparked during the pandemic when I learned about how some residents in the States were being treated unfairly—namely, being pressured/coerced into accepting unsafe working conditions during the first wave and PPE shortage. As physicians in training who are required to complete a residency before being able to practice independently, we are inherently vulnerable and generally have little power in the medical establishment. I feel so fortunate that here in Ontario, we have PARO to speak up on our behalf and fight for safe working conditions—to the benefit of both ourselves and our patients.
By voting for me, you can be assured that you are choosing someone who is passionate about resident rights, who will listen closely, and who will bring your concerns to the table. Thank you!
Dr. Jonah BrodeurPGY-1 | McMaster | Family Medicine
Hi folks! For those of you I haven’t met yet, I’m a first year Family Medicine resident based out of McMaster Family Practice at the Hamilton site, and I’d be thrilled to help represent our first-year cohort as a member of the PARO General Council. My interest in this position started because I felt completely overwhelmed by my own transition to residency. Moving to a new city and having new clinical responsibilities is challenging enough, let alone trying to understand a complex new contract with nuanced rights and obligations.
I’m putting my name forward because I hope that by dedicating my own time to decoding this information and sharing it in a way that is clear and useful, I can alleviate some of this stress for my colleagues across our many sites (as well as for the incoming class below us). I will do the work to get answers for our most pressing questions and ensure we are all able to get the most out of our residency years. On the flip side of that, I recognize the need for everyday advocacy and I’d be proud to amplify your voices and make sure our priorities are heard. Thanks for your consideration and I hope I get to see you all around :)
Dr. Natalya O'NeillPGY-1 | McMaster | Family Medicine
Hello! My name is Natalya. I am a current McMaster Family Medicine PGY1 based at Mount Forest in the rural stream. As a current rural resident, and a previous University of Toronto medical student, I understand and have experience with the benefits and challenges of both rural and urban training. Whether you have a placement in a populous, urban setting with numerous medical learners, or if you are the only resident in a remote, underserviced community, as your representative, I will use my knowledge and passion for our resident rights to advocate for quality education and fair treatment.
I consider myself and my colleagues as both physicians and people. As such, I will provide us with the chance to celebrate our love of medicine, while advocating for opportunities to pursue our interests outside of our clinical duties and tend to our own wellbeing. Let’s have protected time, that is acknowledged by our team, to sleep, exercise, walk our dog, spend time with our family, and also time for our own health and wellness appointments. We should be able to be a model for our patients to live healthier and happier lives.
I will be your support, your voice, a resource for your concerns, ideas, and questions. I will be accessible to you by email and phone for you to share your thoughts or just say “hi!”
Together let’s strive for quality education, fair treatment, wellness, and support to develop together into competent and healthy physicians.