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Interview with PARO Clinical Teaching Award Recipient Dr. Bryan MacLeod

PARO's Clinical Teaching Award recognizes the essential role that good clinical teachers play in the training of new physicians. Dr. Bryan MacLeod, Northern Ontario School of Medicine Bryan MacLeod is the Medical Director for SJCG’s Chronic Pain Management Program and the Chair of SJCG ECHO Chronic Pain Interprofessional Medical Education Program.  He cut his teeth as a rural family doc in Marathon Ontario... Read more

Work Alert #6

April 29, 2020 - Message from Dr. Anthea Lafreniere, PARO President  We were very pleased on Saturday to hear the Premier announce the Government’s plan to provide pandemic pay for Ontario’s frontline workers fighting COVID-19. I was, however, greatly disheartened when we saw the list of health care workers and realized that residents were not included. By Monday, we learned... Read more

Work Alert #5

April 24, 2020 – Message from Dr. Anthea Lafreniere, PARO President PPE I’m pleased to tell you that, in response to PARO’s concerns about protections for residents who refuse unsafe work, our employer has now provided us with Ontario Health’s recommendations for COVID-19 work refusals. One of the principles set out by Ontario Health is that, ‘no employee shall suffer... Read more

A Day In The Life During COVID-19

Dr. Chris Charles, PARO Treasurer and a PGY 4 in Anaesthesia, was recently interviewed by Best Health as part of their Day In The Quarantine Life Series. Dr. Charles shared his typical day working on the frontline in Toronto during COVID. To read the article, click here.  Read more

Work Alert #4

April 9, 2020 – Message from Dr. Anthea Lafreniere, PARO President I have a few important updates related to your training and work in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to add information to our COVID-19 web page as it becomes available, including changes in policies or recommendations, so please check the site often. To ensure that all of our members... Read more

Updated Information Regarding PPE

Updated April 8th, 2020 The following guidelines are consistent with the laws in Ontario. However, we do not want our members to be putting themselves at risk of infection. For this reason, our CEO and PARO President are seeking assurance from CAHO, your employer, that if a Hospital is unable to provide appropriate PPE and a resident feels that it is... Read more

Need Help Scheduling During COVID-19?

We know that lots of programs have started to implement new scheduling models in order to minimize resident exposure, prevent burnout, and ensure service provision during COVID-19. We've identified a number of models across the province do this well, and have included on our dedicated COVID-19 page in order to share best practices. If you or your program are trying... Read more

PARO Financial Primer Updated

Hearing about changes to tax filing and other financial changes due to COVID-19 and wondering what it means for you? We've got you. We know you're busy, so we've gone ahead and figured out what's relevant to you, and updated our financial primer to include all of the updates and changes you need to know about. Read all about it... Read more

New Webpage for COVID-19 News

PARO now has a dedicated webpage for residents looking for information about COVID-19. Recent updates, FAQs, and links to important resources can all be found on this page. Because this is a rapidly changing situation, recommendations and guidance may change, so if in doubt, check back to find the most current information. We will only provide information that we know to... Read more

PARO Work Alert #3

March 25, 2020 - Message from Dr. Anthea Lafreniere, PARO President I will provide you with concise periodic updates on issues that affect Ontario residents as we work and train together during the COVID-19 pandemic. PARO has launched a specific COVID-19 web page where we will provide answers to your questions as well as other important information. Updates or changes in policies... Read more