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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

Work Alert #10

Dear Colleague, I'm writing to provide you with an update on the vacation payout that we have been promised by the Ministry for our members who, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were unable to take vacation for the year ending June 30, 2020. I can assure you that we have been in regular contact with the VP Labour Relations for... Read more

RDoC Update on COVID-19 and Exams

October 30th, 2020 Dear Colleague, Over the course of my term as President, I will ensure that we provide you with timely updates when we have important information to share. We will do this when we have information that we know to be true or that we believe will be of help. MCCQEII We have just had confirmation from the... Read more