Dr. Elise Azzi, a second-year Family Medicine resident at uOttawa (Community stream), is to be PARO's President for the 2018-2019 academic year. Dr. Azzi was elected by PARO's General Council at the March 23, 2018 meeting to the position of President-Elect and will move into the role of President on June 15, 2018. Until taking office, she will work alongside PARO's President Dr. Bruce Fage to ensure a smooth transition to the role. Dr. Azzi will be pursuing a PGY3 in Women's Health at the University of Ottawa next year.
The Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) is the official representative voice for Ontario's doctors in training, representing over 5000 doctors training in a specific specialty or subspecialty across the province. PARO champions the issues that create optimal transitions, optimal training and optimal working conditions for residents. The ultimate aim is to support residents so that they can achieve their highest potential and ensure optimal patient care.
- Optimal working conditions: PARO works with residents, hospitals and programs to achieve optimal working conditions that respect the PARO-CAHO Collective Agreement and facilitates residents' ability to manage their personal fatigue risk. Additionally, PARO negotiates the compensation and Employer Provided Benefits for residents, that includes Group Life Insurance, Extended Health, Dental and Vision Care.
- Optimal training conditions: Appreciating the residents' dual role as learners and employees, PARO advocates at all levels of university, hospital and government to ensure high-quality postgraduate medical education. Optimal training conditions are those which ensure that every resident feels confident to succeed in their certification examinations as well as competent to achieve excellence in patience care.
- Optimal transitions: PARO delivers transition assistance beginning from the time residents are matched through CaRMS, throughout their residency, and as they transition into practice. Optimal transitions ensures that residents are able to make informed career choices and that they have equitable access to practice opportunities.
PARO has a Board of Directors as well as a General Council elected annually in the summer comprised of resident representatives from across the province. The PARO General Council has proportional representation and the Family Medicine program at the University of Ottawa currently has 3 allotted General Council positions.
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