VOLUNTEER

Join us and help to shape the environment we work and train in!

RDoC is the national resident voice and catalyst for solutions to create the best possible resident training experience. Our volunteers play an essential role in these efforts.

RDoC’s volunteer campaign is now accepting applications for the following positions:

  • RDoC Teams – Applications are open from November 24 to December 8, 2020 at 23:59 EST
    • Accreditation Team
    • Competency-based Medical Education (CBME) Team
    • Debriefing After Negative Outcomes Team
    • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Team
    • National Resident Wellness Team
    • Virtual Care Team
  • Resident Surveyors (Accreditation) – Applications are accepted throughout the year

Available Positions

Accreditation Team

RDoC advocates for an accreditation system that ensures efficient, effective training for Canada’s residents and is committed to the development of a robust accreditation system. You will be part of a team focusing on the development of accreditation resources for residents and the implementation of workshops in 2021.

Competency-based Medical Education (CBME) Team

RDoC’s work in this area focuses on developing resources for residents to function within this new paradigm and gathering, communicating and advocating for the resident perspective on the implementation of CBME. You will be part of the CBME team to help support this work.

Debriefing After Negative Outcomes Team

Debriefing after negative outcomes or critical incidents is of great importance to resident mental well-being and continued patient care. RDoC advocates for a safe and positive learning environment that supports residents in the aftermath of a negative outcome. You will be part of a team reviewing current debriefing practices in PGME and developing a practical resource for debriefing that any resident can apply to their home program.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Team

You will be part of a team that focuses on clarifying the issues related to EDI in training and defining RDoC’s role and work on EDI. RDoC is committed to developing positive, longer-term, sustainable strategies we can take against racial injustice and violence. Together we will help create a culture in medicine where inclusion, equity and diversity thrive.

National Resident Wellness Team

RDoC’s mandate is to support the well-being of residents all across the country and ensure that every resident has access to the help they need. We have the opportunity to create new physician health and wellness programming tailored to address the unique needs of resident doctors. You will be involved in the ideation and development of programming that enhances resident wellness at a national level.

Virtual Care Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the importance of developing new and innovative approaches to learning, training and practicing in a virtual care environment. You will be part of a team that focuses on clarifying and defining the impact of virtual care on training and developing appropriate strategies to communicate the resident perspective on virtual care.

Applications are open from November 24 to December 8, 2020 at 23:59 EST.

Apply online here

Purpose
RDoC Teams work on ongoing or new areas of focus important to Canada’s residents as identified by the RDoC Board of Directors.

Team Composition
Teams are typically comprised of up to 7 members, including one team lead and 6 team members.

Role of the Team Lead

  • Conducts team meetings and facilitates discussions
  • Generates quarterly reports to the Board
  • Supports the work of team members
  • Liaises regularly with their RDoC staff support to prepare for meetings and the implementation of team deliverables

Role of Team Members

  • Take an active role in the clarification, ideation, development and implementation of the team’s work
  • Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in all meetings and work of the team
  • Liaise regularly with their RDoC staff support in the implementation of team deliverables

All members are expected to:

  • Respond to communications and deadlines in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate professionalism, teamwork, and a spirit of cooperation
  • Maintain confidentiality on team work, as appropriate

Term Length
Team members are asked to commit for an initial period up to June 12th, 2021, ending after the next RDoC Annual General Meeting, with the caveat that the work of the group is variable and may end before that time.

Meetings
Teams regularly collaborate over email or by tele- or video-conference but may also meet in-person if needed.

Resident surveyors volunteer as members of a Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) accreditation survey team, during scheduled full accreditation surveys and external reviews. This experience provides a unique opportunity to see how a program is currently meeting residency accreditation standards and to participate in a program’s quality assurance and quality improvement process. External reviews and full accreditation surveys occur on-site or virtually, at the institution and/or program undergoing accreditation.

Surveyor Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Review all pre-survey material prior to the full survey or external review;
  • Attend teleconferences and respond to email communications and deadlines in a timely manner;
  • Participate in site visits and team meetings (virtually or on-site) during the accreditation process;
  • Follow the guidelines and instructions set forth by the Royal College and CFPC on the accreditation visit.
  • A high degree of confidentiality, discretion and professionalism is required.

The RDoC office draws upon our pool of interested volunteers throughout the year when the Royal College’s and CFPC’s full surveys and external review dates are confirmed. Selected volunteers are contacted via email and asked to confirm their availability. Full accreditation surveys are generally one week in length and External Reviews are generally one or two days in length.

Applications for Resident Surveyors are accepted throughout the year.

Apply online here


Eligibility

RDoC seeks solutions-oriented individuals who can contribute to the betterment of the lives of their fellow residents. Residents from any specialty, PGY, and the 13 faculties of medicine where RDoC members train are encouraged to apply.

RDoC takes into account a number of factors when making volunteer selections, including:

  • A mix of disciplines
  • A mix of training and practice settings
  • Specialty representation
  • Regional representation and geographic distribution
  • Gender representation

Applicants will be assessed and selected based on the following competencies:

  • Leadership skills and experience
  • Advocacy skills and experience
  • Capacity to communicate
  • Knowledge of Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)
  • Previous RDoC volunteer activity
  • Willingness to learn
  • Followership skills and experience

RDoC is committed to advocating for safe and positive working and learning environments in medicine that are free of systemic racism for all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We encourage applicants from BIPOC communities, and all applicants have the opportunity to self-identify as members of BIPOC communities in the application form. RDoC’s statement on Racism can be read here.

RDoC volunteers from 2019-2020 or earlier who wish to continue volunteering with RDoC are asked to confirm their interest by submitting an application.

Your application will be retained for a period of one year and will be reviewed periodically as volunteer positions become open.

Contact Us

For any volunteer-related inquiries, please contact us at volunteers@residentdoctors.ca.