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:

  • Awards Committee Members
  • Liaison Representatives
  • Resident Surveyors (Accreditation)
  • Resiliency Trainers

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.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for volunteer applications for these roles is November 11, 2020 at 9:00AM EST. Your application will be retained for a period of one year and will be reviewed periodically as volunteer positions become open.

Apply online here

Role Descriptions

Awards Committee Members

RDoC’s Awards Committee provides oversight and selects recipients for both the annual RDoC Awards and Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Award as well as considering and promoting RDoC nominees for key national stakeholder awards such as the Canadian Medical Association Young Leaders Award and the Sandra Banner Award for Student Leadership. Committee members regularly collaborate over email and Slack, or by Zoom or teleconference based on committee member availability. Members of the 2020-2021 RDoC Awards Committee complete their term on June 30, 2021.

Liaison Representatives

Liaison Representatives are ambassadors and advocates for RDoC. They play a critical role in our work by attending external meetings on behalf of the organization and their fellow residents across Canada. Liaison Representatives work with such stakeholders as the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and many other organizations.

Ahead of meetings, Liaison Representatives are provided with briefing materials from the RDoC office. During meetings, they speak towards the resident experience and keep an eye out for issues that may have an impact on resident training. Following meetings, they participate in a debriefing process and provide written reports to the RDoC Board, detailing action items and next steps.

Time commitments for Liaison Representatives vary between stakeholder groups. Liaison Representatives will attend virtual or in-person meetings, depending on social distancing measures and the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on travel. Most liaison representative terms end on June 30, 2021, and exceptions to this are expressed in the list of available positions.

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Indigenous Health Network

This group’s mandate is to review and refresh AFMC-IPAC (Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada) competencies and curricula in Indigenous health; review the Faculties of Medicine responses to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; develop a position paper on the Role of the Medical Schools and their Social Accountability in addressing Indigenous Health issues in Canada; provide a venue for forums for discussions of national interest; and share knowledge and experience among Leaders across Faculties of Medicine, and with AFMC Committees as requested.

The next meeting of this group will be a 90-minute virtual meeting taking place in late November, and there will likely be a meeting in spring 2021 as well, though meeting times and frequency are subject to change depending on a variety of factors including the impact of COVID-19 on the group’s ongoing work. Previous to COVID-19, this group met twice during the academic year, once in the fall and once in the spring. This group’s liaison representative completes their term on June 30, 2021.

Royal College International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) Program Advisory Board

Following COVID-19, ICRE 2020 was reworked as a series of monthly virtual events. As of November 2020, the Planning Advisory Board will work to define the format and content for ICRE 2021.

This group conducts its work through monthly virtual meetings. RDoC appoints two representatives to this meeting, and those representatives are expected to coordinate their meeting attendance so that each monthly meeting has as least one representative from RDoC in attendance. The confirmed virtual meeting dates for this year are:

  • November 25, 2020 (1:00PM-2:00PM EST)
  • December 17, 2020 (10:00AM-11:00AM EST)
  • January 26, 2021 (11:00AM-12:00PM EST)
  • February 26, 2021 (11:00AM-12:00PM EST)
  • March 31, 2021 (11:00AM-12:00PM EDT)
  • April 20, 2021 (10:00AM-11:00AM EDT)
  • May 28, 2021 (10:00AM-11:00AM EDT)
  • June 24, 2021 (10:00AM-11:00AM EDT)
  • Other monthly meetings (dates/times TBD)

Meeting times and frequency are subject to change depending on a variety of factors including the impact of COVID-19 on the group’s ongoing work. This group’s liaison representatives complete their term after ICRE 2021 which will take place in the fall of 2021, exact dates TBD.

Royal College Professional Learning and Development Committee

The Professional Learning and Development Committee is a subcommittee reporting to the Committee on Specialty Education, responsible for developing, monitoring and promoting excellence in lifelong learning processes and strategies.

The confirmed virtual meeting date for this year is:

  • April 13, 2021 (1:00PM-3:00PM EST)

Meeting times and frequency are subject to change depending on a variety of factors including the impact of COVID-19 on the group’s ongoing work. This group’s liaison representative completes their term on June 30, 2021.

Resident Surveyors

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.

Role 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.

Resiliency Trainer

Resiliency trainers are trained to deliver RDoC’s Resiliency Curriculum to their peers and colleagues. The Resiliency Curriculum consists of a Resident Module for residency programs and  Leadership Module for PGME staff. Trainers are contacted by the RDoC office throughout the year to schedule workshops, which have all been moved to a virtual format via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in a Train-the-Trainer session and subsequent booster training sessions as necessary;
  • Review all pre-workshop materials and be well-prepared for each workshop;
  • Respond to email communications and deadlines in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrate professionalism, strong group facilitation skills, and a commitment to promoting a safe and positive learning environment.

Selected applicants are contacted via email to confirm their availability for a Train-the-Trainer session (one or two days in length). Trainers are expected to facilitate 1-3 workshops in a year depending on their availability – virtual workshops are typically 1.5 hours long, plus time for preparation/practice and debriefing. Resiliency trainers will be given the option to renew their term prior to the end of each academic year. Recently graduated trainers will also be given the option to continue delivering workshops as a “near peer.”

Contact Us

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