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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

Exams and COVID-19

Sent by Dr. Ryan Giroux, PARO President, February 11th 2021 Dear Colleague, From the outset of this pandemic, PARO has worked closely with our national partner, Resident Doctors of Canada, and our provincial partners to advocate that the safety of residents and the patients they treat be priority number one with respect to exams. We have also effectively advocated to ensure... Read more

6 signs of burnout (and what you can do about it)

Occupational burnout was first described in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert J. Freudenberger as a "state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by one's professional life." Sound familiar? That’s not surprising. By its very nature, medicine’s high-stress and demanding workload has put the healthcare sector at elevated risk of burnout. Add COVID-19 into the mix and things ramp up even... Read more