WELLNESS

Residency is a particularly dynamic and stressful time for many learners, who must constantly balance educational, personal and patient-care responsibilities. The topic of resident wellness has gained significant awareness and traction in recent years as a critical component of medical training.

RDoC’s Role

RDoC is dedicated to supporting its members’ health and wellness throughout their medical training. We have taken a leadership role in a number of resident wellness projects.

Accessibility
Residents with disabilities may require short or long-term accommodations to enable them to complete their training. Accommodations are a shared responsibility, and RDoC advocates for the resident voice when discussing accessibility in medical training.

Nutrition
Many residents don’t have access to nutritious, balanced meals during their shifts, especially while on call overnight in the hospital. We’re exploring ways to improve the availability and quality of food for residents so that they can stay fueled and alert while working.

Fatigue Risk Management
Resident doctors are in a unique position, being both learners and front-line care providers in Canada’s health care system. Fulfilling this dual role means that residents often spend lengthy consecutive hours on duty. RDoC advocates for holistic fatigue risk management programs that will have a positive impact on patient safety and resident wellness.

Intimidation & Harassment Prevention
Residency programs should focus on fostering a safe and positive work environment for everyone. We believe that this can be achieved by placing an emphasis on education regarding inappropriate workplace behaviour and how to properly address it.

Resiliency
Resiliency is a critical trait for individuals working in healthcare. RDoC is leading the development of a practical, skills-based Resiliency Curriculum to help residents identify, cope with, and recover from challenging experiences.