Dear Colleagues,

I am honoured to serve as your Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) President for 2019-2020. It is a privilege to advocate for those who spend so much 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. Our diverse membership is united by a shared commitment to becoming excellent, caring physicians.

Last year, our board developed and approved a new Strategic Plan for 2018-2023. To fulfill our mission of championing excellence in medical education, resident wellness, and health systems, we will advocate on issues that impact resident physicians on a daily basis, including:

  • working with our partners to continue to foster equitable and positive work environments at a systemic level to ensure no resident feels unsafe or unvalued at work;
  • expanding the reach of our Resiliency curriculum to more sites across Canada so all residents can be equipped with the skills to prevent burnout, in conjunction with our advocacy efforts to improve training systems;
  • advocating for enhanced Practice Management Training to smooth the transition into independent practice;
  • representing women resident physicians within the Canadian medical education system;
  • continuing to provide essential learner perspectives to guide the advancement of Competency by Design and licensing exams; and,
  • promoting sensible and sustainable health human resource policies with our partners, such as national licensure, that enable physicians to access practice opportunities and serve patients.

These are the issues, challenges, and opportunities that energize and motivate me.  As a medical education enthusiast, I am excited to work with resident volunteers who are interested in improving the residency experience, Canada’s healthcare system, and patient care.

When I’m not advocating for residents on behalf of RDoC, I’m in Vancouver, where I’m a fourth-year resident in Emergency Medicine, as well as a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. You might find me cycling to the local farmer’s market, sipping coffee at my favourite coffee shop, or exploring BC’s countless hikes and beaches. I was born in Winnipeg, MB, grew up in BC, and previously studied Medicine at the University of Toronto and Environmental Science & Economics at Dalhousie University.

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

Dr. Emily Stewart
RDoC President, 2019-2020