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The Professional Association of Residents of Ontario. YOUR PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION. PARO Who We Are PARO’s Keys to Success PARO Structure Collective Agreement Prepping for Residency When & How to Contact PARO. Who We Are. We are Doctors training to be specialists. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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The Professional Association of Residents of OntarioYOUR PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION1PAROWho We ArePAROs Keys to SuccessPARO StructureCollective AgreementPrepping for ResidencyWhen & How to Contact PARO Who We AreWe dont intimidate, harass or devalue peopleWe lead the way we want to be ledWe support and mentor members of the teamWe speak up when things negatively affect the workplaceWe give and receive effective feedbackWe are clear on expectations and are aware of our limitationsWe collaborate to get to better team and patient results We foster our shared love of medicine.We are Doctors training to be specialists. As part of the future of medicine, we strongly believe that:Friends, family and patients easily understand medical school but now you will be faced with that age-old question: What is a resident?Well at PARO, we have spent time defining what we are, and what it means to be a resident.We ARE Doctors training to be specialists. And as the future of the profession, we strongly believe we should ensure that We dont intimidate, harass or devalue peopleWe lead the way we want to be ledWe support and mentor members of the teamWe speak up when things negatively affect the workplaceWe give and receive effective feedbackWe are clear on expectations and are aware of our limitationsWe collaborate to get to better team and patient results We foster our shared love of medicine.The life of a resident is extremely busy, but also very rewarding. New levels of responsibility are expected of you, while opportunities to teach others what you know and have learned are readily available.

PAROs members are all individuals in accredited residency programs in Ontario, regardless of source of funding or location of work and training.PARO members are at 6 University sites in over 200 different hospitals or clinics all over the province.

PARO Keys to SuccessOptimal Working ConditionsEnjoy working and learning in a safe, respectful and healthy environmentOptimal TrainingFeel confident to succeed and competent to achieve excellence in patient care through representation and advocacyOptimal TransitionsAble to make informed career choices, have equitable access to practice opportunities and acquire practice management skills for residency and beyondEverything PARO does for you falls into one of three areas:Optimal Working ConditionsOptimal TrainingOptimal Transitions

Under Optimal Working Conditions:One of PAROs primary functions is to negotiate the Collective Agreement covering terms and conditions of employment with the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO).The current PARO/CAHO Agreement can be found at

PARO strives to promote optimal working and training environments for all residents, and assists in resolving contractual issues through providing personal advice and guidance to residents in order to help them to address issues locally.Some highlights of the contract include:Scale of remunerationBenefitsCall schedule guidelines and call maximumsVacation and professional leave daysCall room requirements The PARO General Council, Board of Directors, and PARO office staff are always ready and willing to help answer contractual queries and assist locally to resolve contractual disputes.

Optimal Training:PARO has a long history of working with stakeholders to achieve optimal training for our members. In the past two years we have had impact on training through our participation on the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate Project. Over the past year, we have had critical input into the Pan-Canadian Resident Duty Hours project.PARO Board and General Council members sit on a variety of provincial and university level committees to affect change in curriculum and training policies.Optimal Transitions:PARO regularly meets with relevant stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, Ontario Medical Association and officials from Post Graduate Medical Education to advocate and gather information in the area of HHR Planning. [Read slide]

4Our StructurePARO is in the hands of the membership through the colleagues you elect to our General Council and Board of Directors.

General Council elections take place this summer. 100 total positions available!

5PARO has a Board of Directors and a 100-person General Council - our decision-making body. Elections for GC take place on-line in the summer. If you want to work to achieve optimal working conditions, training and transitions so that residents can be their best nominate yourself for a position.

Top Three Tips for ResidencyCreate a strong support network of family & friends

Manage your wellness

Book vacation timeYour love of medicine needs to be your focus throughout your career. Yes, there will be times when stress overwhelms you, but you must remember that the stress is worthwhile because of the goals youve set for yourself and the good that you will do.

1) Create a strong support network: If you find yourself struggling, remember that youre not alone. Make the most of your contacts by reaching out to those around you a trusted colleague or mentor, your program director, or a health-care professional.

2) Manage your wellness: Engage in a healthy lifestyle with a nutritional diet, physical exercise and good sleep hygeine. Make friends with the folks at the Resident Wellness Office located in your universitys postgraduate medical education (PGME) office. This office has resources that can put you in touch with the right people who will help you manage conflicts if and when they arise. Whether youre feeling burnt out, are having a relationship issue, or are struggling in your residency program, your PGME office is always available to assist you.

3) Vacation time: we cannot stress how important this to prevent burn out and enhance your productivity. Plan your vacation early and dont save all your vacation weeks for late in the year!

6Support when & where you need itResidency can be stressful and difficult at times. PARO has a number of supports and programs to help you.Resource for contract questionsPolicies to ensure optimal success in trainingSocial events to allow for networking and sharing experiencesHelp if you are emotionally distressed 1-866-HELP-DOC

7Understanding that the intensity of residency can put stress on you and your family, PARO has a 24 hour Helpline dedicated to our members. The PARO Helpline is a 100% confidential and anonymous helpline referral service available 24 hours a day. It is available to residents, medical students and their families and is facilitated through the Toronto Distress Centre.

PARO-CAHO Collective AgreementCovers entitlements such as:t hoursCompensation and Benefits Vacation and other leavesCall schedules, duty hoursPregnancy and Parental Leave & BenefitsCall stipends

The PARO-CAHO Collective Agreement outlines the rights and entitlements of residents training in Ontario. The Agreement between PARO and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario covers pertinent topics such as call schedules & duty hours, compensation & benefits, vacation & other leave, grievance procedures and call stipends. Please go to the PARO website to access the full Collective Agreement.

8Before You StartObtain your educational registration (license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)Obtain your medical liability protection from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)Get your needed immunizations9Resident Loan Interest Relief Program (RLIRP)This MOHLTC Program provides eligible medical residents to defer monthly payments on federal and provincial government student loans during residency. Loans must be unconsolidated.Participants must agree to practice for 5 years in Ontario (no geographic restriction). Eligibility/program details on our Website Prepping for ResidencyAny questions can be directed to rlirp@ontario.ca10Moving AdviceBefore deciding on a place to live, inquire about: hydro, water pressure, noise from neighbours, air circulation/conditioning, screens on windows, working electrical sockets, pets, parking, ability to paint, storage lockerMake sure your new address is easily accessible to: transportation, grocery stores, work, etc.Arrange to have unwanted furniture picked up ahead of timeTake unwanted clothing and furniture to Goodwill before you moveStart writing down all of the people and organizations that you receive mail from in advance so that you can update them on your new address11Go to the PARO website for more information on Prepping For Residency PARO-CAHO Collective Agreement Becoming Involved with PARO And much more or give us a call!12The PAIRO Website is an excellent resource for many of the questions you might have over the course of your training. If you cant find what you need there, call the office, or talk to one of your local Board or GC reps.

Contact PAROPhone: 1- 877-979-1183(in Toronto: 416-979-1182)Email: Website: www.myparo.caOR Contact your local GC Rep(s)\Thank You!Q & A14


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