HEALTH HUMAN RESOURCES

Proper management of physician health human resources (HHR) is an essential component of quality health care. In a publicly funded system, it is critically important to achieve value, effectiveness, and efficiency in the utilization and expenditure of health care resources.

The fact that Canadian residency graduates, from many specialty groups, experience difficulty in finding full-time employment continues to be a major concern to governments, hospitals, students contemplating a career in medicine, and residents close to or currently looking for independent practice opportunities. This trend also has a significant impact on Canadian patients and their access to health care.

RDoC’s Role

In 2013 we released the position paper, Resident Physician Principles on Health Human Resources. Since that time, we have continued to focus on advocacy and participation in national HHR stakeholder initiatives. We continue to:

  • be a strong voice for residents on the Physician Resource Planning Advisory Committee;
  • work to improve the pan-Canadian alignment of physician human resources; and
  • provide accurate information to support decision-making by those considering and currently pursuing medical education.

April 24, 2017: Perspectives for the New-in-Practice Physician
Dr. Vishal Varshney, RDoC Board Chair and Secretary presented at the 2017 Conference of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters

April 2016: AFMC Hot Topic on HHR
RDoC representatives participated as official respondents to panelist presentations at the AFMC Hot Topic discussion at CCME on Physician Resource Planning: Aligning physician career plans to meet societal needs.

November 5, 2015: Panel Discussion on HHR
Dr. Natasha Snelgrove participated in the panel discussion, Physician Employment Perspectives and Challenges for the New-in-Practice Physician at the 2015 National Physician Employment Summit.

August 25, 2015: Building momentum for change in the postgraduate medical training system: matching output with practice opportunities
Working closely with the CFMS and the CMA, RDoC developed this learner-focused Strategic Session that took place at the CMA Annual Meeting (General Council) in Halifax.

February 2014: Career Counselling in Canadian Residency Training Programs and Medical Residents’ Views of Recruitment and Job Prospects after Graduation Scorecards
RDoC released these two HHR-related scorecards.

August 2013: Delegate Motion on HHR
Dr. Jesse Pasternak and Dr. Gillian Shiau presented this motion, which was approved during a Strategic Session on Physician Resources at the CMA General Council Annual Meeting in Calgary.

June 2013: Resident Principles on Physician Health Human Resources to Better Serve Canadians
RDoC released this position paper that calls for a national HHR plan and better ways to anticipate physician supply and demand to meet patient needs, as well as reliable data and better coordination between patient needs and residency training positions to help residents with career decisions. The paper identifies six principles and multiples calls for action.

2012-2013: HHR Study
The RDoC Standing Committee on Health Human Resources launched a comprehensive study of the state of physician health human resources which included an analysis of international expert consultations, the 2013 National Resident Survey and the current experience, observations, and ideas of RDoC members. Based on these findings, the committee adopted six Principles designed to provide a more effective way of coordinating physician health human resources across Canada.

  1. Effective, evidence-based workforce planning for Canadian patients and physicians.
  2. Allocation of residency training positions that aligns with population needs and job availability, particularly in specialty areas.
  3. Improvements to the work environment in rural areas to attract and retain new physicians in local communities.
  4. Career counselling throughout medical education.
  5. Promotion of a culture of social accountability in medical training.
  6. Succession planning

Fall 2012: Standing Committee on Health Human Resources
RDoC established this committee with over-arching goals of developing a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to understand the HHR system, build awareness of residents’ concerns, and effect change.

April 24, 2017: Perspectives for the New-in-Practice Physician
Dr. Vishal Varshney, RDoC Board Chair and Secretary presented at the 2017 Conference of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters

November 5, 2015: Physician Employment Perspectives and Challenges for the New-in-Practice Physician
Dr. Natasha Snelgrove, co-chair, Training Committee presented this session at the 2015 National Physician Employment Summit.

August 25, 2015: Strategic Session 3: Building Momentum for Change in the Postgraduate Medical Training System: Matching Output with Practice Opportunities
Dr. Ashley Miller, Vice-President RDoC presented this session at the Canadian Medical Association Annual Meeting (General Council).

May 15, 2014: Building Strategic Change in Canadian Healthcare
Dr. Jesse Pasternak, co-chair Standing Committee on HHR was an invited panelist at the Queen’s Health Policy Change Conference.

April 28, 2014: Surgical Residents’ Perspectives of Employment Opportunities Post-Residency
Dr. Lori Anne Archer, member Standing Committee on HHR, presented this topic at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME).

April 27, 2014: The Resident Perspective: Health Human Resources Planning
Dr. Ashley Miller, co-chair Standing Committee on HHR, presented this topic at CCME.

February 18, 2014: Transitioning into Practice. Evidence-Informed Career Planning
Dr. Jesse Pasternak, co-chair Standing Committee on HHR, presented this session at the Royal College Summit on Physician Employment.

September 27, 2013: Evidence-informed career planning: Data and strategies to help medical students and residents chart their career path
Dr. Ashley Miller, co-chair Standing Committee on HHR, delivered this CAPER workshop panel presentation at the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE).

August 20, 2013: Strategic Session 2: Physician Resources: Realigning the Postgraduate System to Support the Future of Health Care Delivery in Canada
Dr. Jesse Pasternak, Chair of Standing Committee on HHR, presented this session at the Canadian Medical Association Annual Meeting (General Council).

December 3, 2012: Through the Residents’ Lens: Results from the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents 2012 National Resident Survey
Dr. Mathieu Dufour, Vice-President, presented these survey results at the Royal College – 2012 HHR Dialogue.

  • Support continued advocacy and participation in national stakeholder initiatives using existing messaging/HHR principles.
  • Review career resources related to job opportunities and career planning; identify gaps, opportunities, and promote to members.
  • Continue to implement the resident specialty profile project and promote to our members, medical students and stakeholders.
  • Expand resident specialty profiles to include podcast opportunities.
  • Develop an RDoC Portable Locum Licensure principles and seek opportunities for partnership with relevant stakeholders.