Electoral Group : Toronto Surgery | Positions : 5 | Currently Running : 2
Dr. Justin WangPGY-4 | Toronto | Surgery-CIP
Having been a beneficiary of all the positive change PARO has helped mobilize over the past several years, I can think of no better honour than to take part in its General Council to help in ensuring this progress continues. It’s long been my belief (and I think it’s a shared one) that residents are the foundation and backbone of healthcare systems across the country. Over the past year, they have been asked and tasked to do more than ever. With the exceedingly important role our residents played in the pandemic, and will continue to do so moving forward, I believe it’s more important than ever to not only recognize our residents, but to ensure they are supported to the fullest extent. This means advocating for more resident benefits, equitable call compensation, renumeration for lost vacation time or additional shifts covered, additional resources for timely mental health support, and an emphasis on learner wellness. Having just served a two-year term on our neurosurgery program’s residency committee, I intend to bring the same type of advocacy and representation to PARO, not just on behalf of my surgical colleagues, but for all residents alike. If elected, I hope to be a worthy ambassador for you- someone you can trust to not only bring forward your concerns and interests to the right people, but to fight steadfastly for them. Thank you very much for taking the time to vote!
Dr. Ali MoghaddamjouPGY-4 | Toronto | Surgery-CIP
Having served on the PARO general council for the last 2 years I am familiar with the organization and know its potential. In the last year, I was truly inspired by the advocacy of the group for the residents during the pandemic. This was showcased in our efforts in obtaining the pandemic pay for residents.
I bring to the committee my experience as a neurosurgery resident (6 years) and past PARO member. I have always viewed myself as a voice for surgical residents. In my opinion, the demanding nature of surgical residencies makes surgical residents a group that would benefit the most from advocacy efforts and quality of life improvements. Despite this, I have found that surgical residents are often underrepresented in resident representative bodies.
As a resident in the clinical investigator program, I also view myself as a representative of research residents. Research residents have unique needs and demands which are often overlooked. In the last year, the increase in demand from the pandemic was often answered by research residents who sacrificed their graduate training requirements to assist their colleagues in clinical responsibilities. Despite this, I do not think that appropriate recognition was given to them in advocacy efforts in obtaining pandemic pay. My number one priority in the next year is to advocate for pandemic pay to be applied to research residents who have taken on additional clinical responsibilities often extending their training by an entire year.
If elected, I am always open to discussion with my surgical and research resident colleagues and would be happy to clarify and resolve any issues that are brought up.