AREAS OF FOCUS

RDoC’s work focuses on a variety of issues that are of importance to resident doctors. At any time, we are actively working in a number of the following areas.

Select a topic below for background information and resources.

ACCESSIBILITY

We work to ensure that residents with unique physical, cognitive, or psychological needs can navigate their training and their places of work.

ACCREDITATION

Through postgraduate medical education (PGME) accreditation, we ensure the services and operations of medical training institutions meet applicable standards.

CAREER PLANNING

We provide various supports to help ensure a sustainable health care system through effective physician resource planning and training, and by helping new doctors find jobs.

ENTRY ROUTES

We work to ensure that the medical education system produces the best possible output of physicians to meet the needs of society and doctors alike.

FATIGUE RISK MANAGEMENT

As both learners and front-line care providers, resident doctors need programs to help manage their often lengthy consecutive hours on duty.

GLOBAL HEALTH

We work with partners to define the scope of global health and to advocate for medical care for under-resourced and/or marginalized populations locally, nationally, and abroad.

HAVING A FAMILY DURING RESIDENCY

We have developed resources and awareness for residents who may have questions about how pregnancy and maternity leave will impact them.

HEALTH HUMAN RESOURCES (HHR)

We advocate for the proper management of physician healthy human resources, which is critically important in a publicly funded system.

MENTORSHIP

We advocate for structured programs of mentorship, which we believe is an integral component of the education and professional development of resident doctors.

PATIENT HANDOVER

As front-line health providers, resident doctors are often responsible for patient handover, and we advocate for a formal handover curriculum.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

To ensure seamless transitions from training to practice, we believe that all residents must receive standardized practice management training in non-clinical skills.

PRIVACY

An increasingly wide range of data is collected about resident physicians during their training. We advocate for the appropriate storage and protection of learner personal data.

RESIDENT TRANSFERS

Residents may transfer from one residency program to another for many reasons. RDoC developed a series of national principles around transfer policies.

RESILIENCY

It essential that residents learn to maintain and improve their overall health and wellbeing, so we are leading the development of a resiliency curriculum.

SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

Social accountability is intrinsic to medicine and is an overarching, guiding principle for our work.