Electoral Group

Listed in order of submission

Electoral Group : Toronto Anaesthesia | Positions : 2 | Currently Running : 4

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Dr. Zachary Chuang

PGY-2 | Toronto | Anaesthesia

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    My name is Zachary (Zack) Chuang and I am running to be one of your PARO GC reps. Unlike nearly every other Ontario worker, medical residents are NOT protected by the Employment Standards Act (ESA). As a result, PARO as our representative organization, is key to maintaining our rights, advancing our interests and ensuring we can continue to deliver safe and effective patient care.

    As one of your GC reps, I am hoping to use my extensive background in both student government and in unions to represent, advance and protect residents locally and across the province. During medical school, I held several local leadership roles at Western and also served as the OMSA VP Finance (2021-22) and the CFMS VP Finance (2022-2023). In these roles, I employed the skills I learned during my business masters (Master of Management of Applied Science) when working with corporations including AMBOSS, UWorld, CanadaQBank, Hyundai, Scotiabank, MD Management and TD Bank. I also worked with UGME at nearly every medical school in Ontario. For my contributions to advancing the medical student experience, I was recognized with awards at convocation, provincially and nationally including the prestigious OMA Medical Student Achievement Award for 2023. I am now finishing my term as one of the sponsorship and finance co-leads for the Toronto Anesthesia Residents Council, and looking to PARO to continue levering these skills and working/developing spaces that represent medical learners.

    Prior to residency, I worked as a unionized member within the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), for nearly 8 years. In these environments, I became very familiar with the complexities and inner workings of unions, union negotiations and representation. Over the past year, I have become quite well versed in PARO rules/contract and have already been serving as an informal resource for contract-related questions for residents within my cohort. If selected as your GC rep, I am committed to being an active GC participant, an available and knowledge resource for my co-residents and a strong advocate for our collective interests.

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Dr. John Mikhaeil

PGY-4 | Toronto | Anaesthesia

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    My name is John Mikhaeil and I am a PGY-4 Anesthesiology resident. I am thrilled to be putting my name forward as a candidate to represent the University of Toronto Anesthesiology program at the PARO General Council. I previously completed my medical school at University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree at Brock University. Outside of my involvement in resident life, I’m a huge Raptors fan and love Toronto sports in general! I love doing triathlons so I’m always looking for cycling & running partners.

    Over the last 3 years, I have served on the Residency Program Committee (RPC), and have just completed my term as the Co-Chief for the program this past year. Most relevant, as the program’s PARO representative for the last 2 years, I helped lobby for our program-specific interests among the broader cohort of Ontario residents, specifically advocating for the expansion of the Anesthesiology program at the Quota Allocations Committee and ensuring continued support from the Medical Alumni Association. Myself, alongside our other stellar PARO representatives, were also able to complete a successful application for the Resident Enhancement Fund to buy Nespresso coffee machines and chargers for the call rooms.

    I hope to continue this advocacy work this year on PARO’s General Council (GC) and will ideally join a sub-committee that can be specifically impactful to the Anesthesia residency program. I hope you will nominate me to represent you at the PARO GC and feel comfortable bringing any concerns you want to be discussed at the round table discussions!

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Dr. Maggie Xiao

PGY-2 | Toronto | Anaesthesia

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    Some of my favorite memories from PGY1 are the laughter and joy we shared during PARO events—whether it was comedy night at Yuk Yuk, a night at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, or the warm feelings from sending and receiving appreciation cards that lifted our spirits. Residency can be hectic, but we are never alone. This year, I want to serve as one of your PARO representatives to learn from each other and explore the support and resources PARO provides. Together, we can continue advocating for our rights and needs, especially concerning our training and well-being.

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Dr. Puru Panchal

PGY-3 | Toronto | Anaesthesia

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    Hi! My name is Puru and I'm a PGY3 Anesthesia resident. I'm very excited to run for PARO General Council. I completed my undergrad and medical school at McMaster, where I was a Canadian Forces reservist, before starting residency. Outside of work, I'm a big fan of Formula 1, Raptors basketball and playing badminton.

    My journey in medicine has been about inclusivity and advocating for systems-level change. From collaborating with UGME to lobby for new clinical elective opportunities during COVID-19 restrictions, to sitting on multiple committees in my residency program, I've worked hard to represent my colleagues and spur new ideas for wellness.

    A highlight of mine includes serving on my program's education steering committee. Here, I represent about 100 residents to ensure the program meets our needs for clinical teaching and supervision across seven sites following a recent Royal College accreditation review. I'm also grateful to serve on the Anesthesia Undergraduate Education Committee, where I work with faculty and residents across nine sites to facilitate the anesthesia clerkship for hundreds of medical students and advocate for quality improvement initiatives.

    With our program's resident wellness coordinator, I'm currently lobbying to improve residents' stipends when residents are placed on backup call coverage to reward our stellar colleagues for going above & beyond what's normally expected.

    Championing resident wellness drives my vision to serve on PARO General Council. If elected, I'm committed to leveraging my leadership experience to advocate for key issues, such as securing more advanced notice for resident call scheduling and lobbying for fair call stipends.

    I appreciate your support and hope to represent you this coming year!