An online discussion led by Dr. Christina Nowik, a PGY-6 in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UBC and Dr. Terry Colbourne, a PGY-4 in Respiratory Medicine at the University of Manitoba.
2:15 – When you were making the decision to have a family during residency, what were your initial fears?
7:30 To your knowledge, what are the parental leave guidelines in your region?
13:25 – As a physician parent, what resources did you use, find most useful, interesting or unique policies that supported new parents?
14:40 – Do you think the provincial guidelines in Manitoba are reasonable?
16:40 – Do you know of any groups, medical or not, that are good support resources for young/new parents?
19:20 – What challenges did you face in the process and what was call like the first time upon returning to work?
25:55 – Is there a better time to have a baby while in residency?
33:40 – Looking back, what is the one piece of advice that you would give to residents who are contemplating having a family during residency?
38:00 – By taking paternal leave, will you graduate your fellowship on time and is that a concern?
39:55 – Did you find it financially challenging, especially with the costs of child-care?
44:35 – Terry, could you speak about the option that you have where you are with a private system that might allow you to travel with your children on elective and access day-care through the same company?
47:00 – What do you think, if anything, needs to be changed in how the faculties of medicine handle the transition to parenthood?
50:55 – Do you have any tips for completing busy rotations during pregnancy?
54:40 – How has becoming a parent impacted the way you view your job, interact with your parents or your focus on your work/life balance?