RESILIENCY

Resiliency is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to adverse events. It is a critical trait for individuals working in high-risk environments such as healthcare. Resiliency can be fostered through the development of skills that allow individuals to effectively identify, cope with, and recover from challenging experiences.

RDoC’s Role

RDoC has focused on the development of a resiliency curriculum that is national in scope, drawing from from the highly successful Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program created and implemented by the Canadian Armed Forces, and The Working Mind program taught by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

RDoC’s Resiliency Curriculum is practical, skills-based, and designed to help mitigate stress and optimize performance. It is instrumental in helping medical residents overcome both the anticipated and the unexpected adversities of medical training. Resiliency training prepares residents to transition to long, rewarding, and sustainable careers − which yields benefits for patients and Canada’s healthcare system as a whole.

March 18-19, 2017: Resiliency Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Session
RDoC hosted a second train-the-trainer session for new resiliency peer trainers.

September 30, 2016: Strengthening Resident Resiliency for Rewarding, Sustainable Careers
RDoC presented this curriculum update and discussed the ways in which resident leaders can support resiliency at the International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS).

September 29, 2016: Strengthening resident resiliency for rewarding, sustainable careers
RDoC presented this curriculum update and discussed the ways in which program administrators support resident resiliency at the Program Administrators workshop of the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE).

September 18, 2016: Strengthening Resident Resiliency for Rewarding, Sustainable Careers
RDoC presented this curriculum update at the International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH).

August 24, 2016: Strengthening Resident Resiliency for Rewarding, Sustainable Careers
Dr. Jonathan Dean, co-chair of the Wellness Committee, presented: Strengthening Resident Resiliency for Rewarding, Sustainable Careers

July-September, 2016: Pilot Project
RDoC piloted the resiliency training workshop for residents with five programs from two Canadian faculties.

June 18-19, 2016: Resiliency Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Session
RDoC hosted a train-the-trainer session for new resiliency peer trainers.

March 24, 2016: Skills-based Resiliency Training for Rewarding, Sustainable Careers
RDoC presented this curriculum update to dermatology residents at the University of Calgary.

March 6, 2016: Skills-based Resiliency Training for Rewarding, Sustainable Careers
RDoC presented this curriculum update to the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Section of Residents.

February 28, 2016: Resiliency Curriculum Focus Group Meeting
Members reviewed the latest curriculum update and discussed strategies to pilot the training and evaluate its effect.

November 14, 2015: Skills-based Resiliency Training for Residents
RDoC presented this curriculum update at the Family Medicine Forum (FMF).

October 23, 2015: Skills-based Resiliency Training for Residents
RDoC presented curriculum updates in two individual sessions at the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE).

October 22, 2015: Resiliency in Residency for a Sustainable Career
RDoC presented this curriculum update at the Program Administrators workshop at the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE).

October 21, 2015: Resiliency in Residency for a Sustainable Career
RDoC presented this topic at the CENTILE International Conference to Promote Resilience, Empathy and Well-Being in the Health Professions: An Interprofessional Forum.

October 17, 2015: Resiliency in Residency for a Sustainable Career
RDoC presented this curriculum update at the Canadian Conference on Physician Health (CCPH).

June 27-28, 2015: Resiliency Curriculum Focus Group Meeting
Members took part in an in-person meeting during which trainers from the MHCC led participants through The Working Mind leadership program, and facilitated discussions on how to adapt the program for the PGME setting.

March 22, 2015: Resiliency Curriculum Focus Group Established
Membership in this new Focus Group includes RDoC’s Resiliency Team and consultants, other medical trainees and representatives from various key stakeholders in medical education.

March 22, 2015: Resiliency Curriculum Team Established
RDoC established this team to develop a complete, tailored resiliency curriculum that will include: resident-focused modules, a leadership package, and a Train-the-Trainer program.

February 20, 2015: Resiliency Summit
The Working Group presented its draft curriculum for stakeholder feedback at RDoC’s Resiliency Summit.

August 22, 2014: Resiliency Curriculum in PGME Working Group Meeting
This Working Group’s first meeting was held in Ottawa and included members from key national learner groups, including RDoC, CFPC Section of Medical Students and Section of Residents, and CFMS.

June 14-15, 2014: Resiliency Curriculum for PGME Working Group Established
The RDoC Board of Directors established this working group on resiliency and approved a proposal on Resiliency Curriculum for PGME.

May 26, 2014: Mental Readiness Curriculum Meeting
RDoC hosted an exploratory meeting to consider adapting the Department of National Defence’s Road to Mental Readiness curriculum for use in PGME.

May 1, 2017: The value of resiliency training for residents: Results from an RDoC pilot project
Drs. Pamela Lai and Amanda Ritsma presented an overview of RDoC’s resiliency pilot project at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) in Winnipeg.

August 24, 2016: Strengthening Resident Resiliency for Rewarding, Sustainable Careers
Dr. Jonathan Dean provided a resiliency update at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) General Council in Vancouver.

May 29, 2015: Optimizing Physician Mental Health Through Resiliency Training
Dr. Breanna Balaton presented this plenary at the Royal College Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Summit in Ottawa.

  • Recruit residents to help deliver the resiliency workshop to their peers.
  • Evaluate the implementation and impact of the Resiliency Curriculum.
  • Develop additional content for the Resiliency Curriculum.
  • Develop a plan to continue integrating resiliency training throughout PGME.