I am honoured to serve as your Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) President for 2018-2019. It is a privilege to advocate for those who spend so much of their time caring for others. RDoC is a pan-Canadian organization that serves as the unified voice of over 10,000 members from various geographic regions, disciplines, and stages of training.

RDoC has the good fortune to benefit from over 100 diverse resident volunteers from all of our member regions, disciplines, and stages of training. We strive to optimize the ongoing education and professional development of resident physicians, while also promoting their wellness. Our goal is for resident physicians to graduate as competent and capable physicians, able to serve our patients and be part of a health care system that creates a healthy society.

To fulfill this mission, we plan to use the year ahead to tackle a number of key, national advocacy issues that impact resident physicians on a daily basis, including:

  • continuing to provide essential learner perspectives to guide the advancement of Competency by Design;
  • enhancing and expanding our Resident profiles to help learners with their career decision-making process
  • rolling out and evaluating our updated pre-accreditation questionnaire at Dalhousie University;
  • advocating for enhanced Practice Management Training to smooth the transition into independent practice;
  • working with our partners to create a collaborative action plan on how to foster positive work environments to ensure no resident feels unsafe or unvalued at work; and
  • sharing our Resiliency curriculum with more sites across Canada, so all residents can be equipped with the tools to face even our most difficult moments.

As an organization, RDoC will also be looking inwards. We’re developing a new five-year strategic plan, updating our organizational mission and vision, and completing a governance review with the goal of further optimizing the resources and representation that we provide to our members.

As a medical education enthusiast, I am excited to work with so many other residents who are interesting in improving the resident experience, the broader healthcare system, and ultimately patient care.  In the past, I have held previous leadership roles as Vice President of RDoC, Chair of the Governance Affairs and Advocacy Committee at the University of Calgary, and as a Board Member of Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan.

When I’m not advocating for residents on behalf of RDoC, I am also a PGY-3 in Internal Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. I was born in Guelph, Ontario and hold a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alberta Medical School in Calgary. I have lived and worked in every province from Quebec west and enjoy downhill skiing, powerlifting, and long distance running.

Feel free to contact me in person or via social media if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas on how RDoC can impact Canadian medical education and the health system in a resounding, positive way.

Dr. Michael Arget
RDoC President, 2018-2019