CMA and Resident Doctors of Canada to support resident wellness initiatives

OTTAWA, August 9, 2019 – It is no secret that residents’ health and wellness represent a challenge, one that Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) have highlighted as a key priority. To support resident training, RDoC has developed a comprehensive array of wellness initiatives to champion the good health of resident doctors, supporting them during their training and preparing them for sustainable careers. RDoC is thrilled to work with the CMA and to receive financial support to implement wellness initiatives geared to residents.

One of RDoC’s cornerstone projects is the Resiliency Curriculum, a national standardized program to promote the importance of fostering supportive learning environments and advocating for a systematic approach to understanding and addressing stressors. The Resiliency Curriculum was developed with content support from the Department of National Defence and the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is offered through an interactive, peer-facilitated workshop. The CMA’s financial support aligns with its priority focus on physician health and wellness, and – will be used to triple the number of workshops provided across the country.

“We’re delighted to work with the CMA to expand the reach and impact of our Resiliency Curriculum, fostering positive work environments in the healthcare systems in which residents work every day, and developing essential wellness resources for RDoC’s membership,” says Dr. Emily Stewart, RDoC President.

“It’s imperative for all resident physicians to have access to robust health and wellness support – at both the individual and organizational level, says Dr. Gigi Osler, CMA President. Recognizing the range of challenges faced by residents today, we are committed to achieve meaningful and sustainable change.”

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Jasmin Yee
Manager, Wellness & Resiliency
613-234-6448 x224

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About Resident Doctors of Canada

Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) represents over 10,000 resident doctors across Canada. Established in 1972, we are a not-for-profit organization providing a unified, national voice for our membership. RDoC collaborates with other national health organizations to foster excellence in training, wellness, and patient care.

About the Canadian Medical Association

Since 1867, the Canadian Medical Association has been the national voice of Canada’s medical profession. We work with physicians, residents and medical students on issues that matter to the profession and the health of Canadians. We advocate for policy and programs that drive meaningful change for physicians and their patients.