Electoral Group

Electoral Group : Western RCPSC | Positions : 11 | Currently Running : 5

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Dr. Shayan Kassirian

PGY-3 | Western | Int.Med-General

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    Hi everyone! My name is Shay and I'm a PGY3 in Internal Medicine. I've been privileged to be one of your PARO representatives over the last year. We certainly had a challenging year on council navigating COVID-19. Through this, I've been involved in advocating for vaccine prioritization for residents and wellness events, such as a cooking class I ran over Zoom. I hope to be re-elected so I can continue working on other initiatives, such as call stipends for dinners and upgrading the call rooms. I'll continue hosting cooking classes as well - I'm sure you all enjoyed listening to me throw utensils and set off my fire alarm. Regardless of if I'm re-elected or not, please reach out to me if you ever wanna chat.

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Dr. Jessica Sultafa

PGY-2 | Western | Int.Med-General

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    Hello! My name is Jessica, and I am an Internal Medicine PGY2! Starting off residency last year alongside the immense challenges that COVID-19 brought on made me realize how essential it is to have strong PARO representatives on our side to advocate for our wellbeing while we tackle residency together. I am eager to be a voice, supporter and resource for everyone while bringing forward new ideas in collaboration with all of your fantastic ideas. For instance, call rooms are where we spend so much of our time, and I am excited to share my upgrade suggestions to make our nights as comfortable and pleasant as possible. I am thrilled to represent my fellow co-residents as we navigate this journey together! Thank you for your consideration.

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Dr. Grace Xu

PGY-1 | Western | Anaesthesia

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    Hi, I'm Grace, one of the anesthesia PGY1's. I found that navigating through the transition between medical school and residency can feel like going through a mountain of paperwork and checklists, yet still not really understanding much of the new role I was stepping into and lots of the small logistical aspects that can add up (like what is a professional day and how do I use it? Do I have to keep track of call stipends myself? How do I find a new family doctor in London?). I am so grateful to the wonderful PARO reps who took time to answer questions and give great life tidbits because entering residency definitely has multiple learning curves. By running for PARO general council, my primary goal is to connect with and advocate for residents and soon-to-be residents with tangible opportunities and wellness initiatives (my personal preference would be through UberEats gift cards—and I'm ready to give it a shot at persuading whoever might be able to clear that idea!). Thank you for your consideration and I hope that I’ll have a chance to say hi in the hospitals!

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Dr. Grace Zhao

PGY-1 | Western | Obstetrics/Gynecology

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    Hello everyone! My name is Grace and I'm a PGY1 in Obstetrics and Gynecology. I have always been passionate about advocating on behalf of my peers at a systems level, from curricular changes to addressing learner mistreatment at an institutional level. With trainees becoming more diverse every year, the importance of fostering an inclusive and safe learning environment cannot be overemphasized. I would be honoured to collaborate with you to plan initiatives surrounding this matter and to empower each other to shift the culture in medicine to one that is more inclusive and equitable. I look forward to working with you all as we journey through residency together!

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Dr. Justin Piazza

PGY-2 | Western | Psychiatry

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    Hi everyone, I’m Justin and I’m a PGY2 in Psychiatry. Transitioning to residency is never easy, so having PARO to guide me through and keep me up to date with everything going on in real time was invaluable.

    By running for PARO, my goals would be to thoroughly represent our interests with integrity and transparency, while ensuring that every voice is heard and every resident is informed. As a candidate, I will offer a no-nonsense strong work ethic in every aspect of this role, an openness to working with everyone and solidarity in difficult situations.

    My initial approach in this position would involve drawing on the experience of previous leaders within our representative council, along with your input to effectively determine and prioritize collective goals. My first initiatives would be to negotiate for better swag for incoming residents, coverage for BLS recertification courses (not just ACLS), promote institution paid time off for wellness events for all residents, and better call stipends to reflect all of our hard work in providing the best care we can to our patients despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    If you feel that I am the candidate whom you can depend on, will best meet our collective interests, will go to bat for you when needed and will best fulfill this role, I encourage you to vote for me. It would be an honour to serve you as a PARO representative and I greatly appreciate your consideration.