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Resident Doctors Appreciation Week

 

To all the NOSM resident physicians,

On behalf of the PGME team and our community, we would like to thank you for all you do.  You support our patients in their most vulnerable moments with compassion and sensitivity.  You are committed to excellence and are leaders. You make a difference every day.  It is a tremendous task to essentially work a full time job, do all the learning for your training and do all the “life things” that are unique and critically important to you.  Yet you shine!

The pandemic and the fall out of these challenging times continue.  We face health human resource shortages as well as sicker and more complex patients.  Our teams are fragile and increasingly pressured.  We know that better times are before us and are seeing signs of optimism for sure.  There is more opportunity for face to face connectedness, increasing training in the physician and other health care workforces and provincial investment.  You will be leaders in and agents of these better times.  We are proud of your incredible, ongoing strength, determination, creativity and resilience. At times you have prioritized patient care above yourself, and at other times, taken a step back and focused on your health and recharged when you needed. You have had to find a balance that everyone in health care struggles with. You have an awareness of the personal vulnerabilities of being a physician like no generation before you, and health care will be better for it! You will change the world!

While you have been striving to become amazing surgeons, family docs, pediatricians, psychiatrists and more, you are also building a community of learners and shaping the learning environment for the future.  You are becoming amazing teachers and mentors to medical students and colleagues. You are part of someone else’s support system, and you elevate them when they need it, as they elevate you in your times of need.  If you or someone you know needs additional support, we want to be there for you. Dr. Diane Whitney, Assistant Dean Resident Affairs, and the Wellness team are building on the amazing resources available to be able to do even more. Please reach out to the wellness services available to you.

It is Resident Doctors Appreciation Week this week, but make no mistake, we recognize you today and every day! Let us take this opportunity to sincerely thank you and recognize your hard work and unwavering commitment.

Sincerely,
Dr. Robert Anderson MD FRCPC
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education and Health Sciences
NOSM University