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.

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.

Pro-wellness Language
We believe that language has the power to shape medical culture. RDoC advocates for the use of pro-wellness language that supports and validates the importance of our colleagues’ well-being.

Optimal Self
RDoC is leading the development of a practical, skills-based Optimal Self Curriculum to help residents be their optimal selves by teaching evidenced based skills designed to reduce stress, improve performance  and help residents identify, cope with, and recover from challenging experiences.