INTIMIDATION & HARASSMENT PREVENTION

Intimidation and harassment (I&H) is a risk in any workplace, and it is unfortunately prevalent in medical residency. Intimidation in medical education is defined as any behaviour, educational process, or tradition that induces fear in the learner or has a detrimental effect on the learning environment. Intimidation occurs to varying degrees in residency training − sometimes subtle, other times overt.

RDoC’s Role

In 1996, RDoC released its initial position paper on I&H. Since that time, we have continued to work with faculties of medicine to promote and ensure a positive learning and working environment for resident doctors.

In keeping with our objective to enrich the experience of medical education, inspire a redefined work environment for resident doctors, and promote a culture of respect, our current focus in this area now is to recognize I&H prevention as necessary to improving the work and learning environment for residents. RDoC believes that residency programs should focus on creating and maintaining a positive work environment for staff physicians, resident doctors, medical students, and all members of the healthcare team.

April 17, 2016: Optimizing a Positive Work Environment by Addressing Intimidation & Harassment
RDoC presented at the AFMC Lunch and Learn(er) Forum: Intimidation and Harassment, a Case for Zero Tolerance!

April 2016: Position Paper Optimizing a Positive Work Environment by Addressing Intimidation & Harassment Released
RDoC updated this position paper, including a set of five recommendations for faculties of medicine and all PGME groups to address intimidation and harassment in the medical environment.

March 2014: Inappropriate Behaviour During Residency Scorecard
RDoC released this scorecard presenting data from the 2012 and 2013 National Resident Surveys.

March 2013: Inappropriate Behaviour During Residency Scorecard
RDoC released this scorecard that presented data from the 2012 National Resident Survey.

August 2012: Delegate Motion on Intimidation & Harassment Approved
RDoC presented this motion, which was approved at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) General Council Meeting.

April 17, 2016: Optimizing a Positive Work Environment by Addressing Intimidation & Harassment
Dr. Jonathan Dean presented RDoC’s position at the AFMC Lunch and Learn(er) Forum: Intimidation and Harassment, a Case for Zero Tolerance!

  • Continue our ongoing advocacy and participation in national stakeholder discussions to reduce inappropriate behaviour during medical training.
  • Develop online tools and resources on addressing intimidation and harassment.