2018-2019 RDoC Outstanding Volunteers of the Year
Three RDoC volunteers were announced as RDoC’s inaugural Outstanding Volunteers of the Year at the Annual General Meeting held in Calgary on June 8, 2019. Through their service to our members, each of these exemplary individuals have demonstrated leadership and dedication to RDoC’s mission, “Champion excellence in medical education, resident wellness, and health systems as the national voice of resident doctors.” Congratulations and thank you!
Dr. Aditi Amin
Dr Amin was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta (AB). She completed her BA in English Language and Literature and BSc(Hons) in Life Sciences at Queen’s University. She then did her Masters of Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She returned to my hometown for her MD at the University of Calgary and completed her (Core) Internal Medicine Specialty Training, and her Subspecialty Training in Occupational Medicine, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She is looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead as she transitions to independent practice in Alberta.
During the 2017/2018 academic year, Dr. Amin joined RDoC’s Wellness Committee and started working on the Positive Work Environment Subcommittee as its Co-Chair. During the 2018/2019 she reprised that role and was also elected to the RDoC Board of Directors and was involved in the Governance and Nominating Committee. She additionally had the opportunity to contribute to collaborations with the Practice Committee on Intimidation and Harassment and the RDoC Anthology as well as volunteering for an accreditation review.
Dr. Amin describes volunteering with RDoC as an incredible experience: “It has been such a privilege to meet inspiring and motivating Resident colleagues from different training backgrounds across the country, learn about their successes and challenges, and collectively advocate for Canadian Residents. Also, the RDoC staff are absolutely amazing! They are passionate about what they do and very supportive of the work that RDoC volunteers do.”
When asked what advice she’d give RDoC’s incoming volunteers, she said: “RDoC has a wide array of volunteer opportunities and I strongly encourage you to get involved! It’s a great learning experience and a lot of fun to give back to the Resident community at a national level. No idea is too small or too big, with such a fabulous group of Resident peers and talented RDoC staff, the sky is the limit in terms of what you can do with RDoC!”
Dr. Michael Benusic
Dr. Benusic is originally from rural Alberta and is currently finishing a residency in Public Health & Preventive Medicine (including Family Medicine) at the University of Toronto. He also works as a family physician in Toronto and Alberta.
Over the past academic year, Dr. Benusic was the co-lead for the National Licensure team – a group advocating for increasing inter-provincial mobility of physicians so we can better respond to patient care needs. Because of a great group effort, this team had a tremendous year, which included high-profile media engagements to push the agenda on decreasing the barriers of physician mobility.
Dr. Benusic identifies the highlight of his time volunteering with RDoC as being interviewed by Andre Picard on a Globe and Mail article examining licensure of physicians and profiling organizations pushing for reform: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-why-isnt-there-a-single-medical-licence-for-all-doctors-in-canada/
Dr. Benusic has the following advice to offer RDoC’s incoming volunteers: “The strength of RDoC teams come from the team members and RDoC staff. Little ideas can go far!”
Dr. Brandon Tang
Dr. Brandon Tang was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario and is currently a first year Internal Medicine resident at the University of British Columbia. Prior to residency, he studied Biology and Psychology at McMaster University and completed a joint MD/MSc at the University of Toronto. He aspires to make a lasting impact on Canadian health care as an internist, medical educator, and health systems leader.
Dr. Tang served as co-chair of Resident Doctors of Canada’s Practice Committee from 2018-2019. His leadership was critical to the development of several novel RDoC initiatives, including an anthology book of resident experiences and a large-scale campaign advocating for national physician licensure. His most memorable RDoC experiences revolve around meeting and working with incredibly engaged resident leaders across Canada.
Dr. Tang’s advice for incoming volunteers borrows from the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” He truly believes that the backbone of RDoC is resident doctors working towards a common goal of a better medical community and health care system, and that each and every volunteer can play a huge role in realizing this mission.