McMaster University – Pediatrics – Hamilton
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Dr. Andrea Hunter

Program Administrator

Jessica Dragusica

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McMaster University – Pediatrics – Hamilton

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Resident Experience

Chief Residents
PGY3
a.The people – co-residents, staff, program administrative staff and program leadership – very approachable and understanding team that truly works with us to facilitate our success b.Program size – robust program with diversity of experiences, but cohesive enough to have access to research and mentorship opportunities, create niche areas of interest and academic exploration c.Call model – night float model allows residents to not miss significant learning experiences on subspecialty rotations; dedicated float weeks promotes resident wellness overall instead of managing a call burden throughout each rotation of the year; built-in transition to senior resident curriculum that helps prepare junior learners for the added roles and responsibilities d.Responsiveness to resident feedback – several channels for residents to be involved in directing the future direction of the program, including resident council, chief resident role, education resource persons for each rotation, etc. e.Diversity and inclusion committee work – in response to resident feedback and need identified, committee started with branches in community advocacy, collaboration and education to help promote inclusivity principles within McMaster Pediatrics
oThe learning environment oVery collegial atmosphere oGreat relationships with co-residents, staff, allied health oVery supportive administration
oVery cohesive group oLots of mentorship oAble to rely on peers for support oLots of measures in place to focus on resident wellness both in and out of the workplace
a.Dedicated wellness representatives who facilitate different wellness initiatives throughout the year, including yoga, meditation, hikes; also are available to connect residents with wellness supports outside of the MacPeds community, within McMaster or the Hamilton area b.Resident affairs staff and counselors available for flexible drop-in scheduling appointments throughout the week c.Monthly treats and talks sessions built into protected academic half day time where residents can discuss challenges within residency and/or life with co-residents; facilitated discussion by a counselor through Resident Affairs d.Resident Support Network – confidential network of peer supports as well as faculty that have volunteered to be contacted by any resident in crisis at any time; receive training in facilitating and debriefing difficult conversations and are well-versed in various resident support channels to direct residents in need to e.Ability to opt-out of 1 academic half day per quarter to use that time for personal and/or wellness purposes
a.The people – co-residents, staff, program administrative staff and program leadership – very approachable and understanding team that truly works with us to facilitate our success b.Program size – robust program with diversity of experiences, but cohesive enough to have access to research and mentorship opportunities, create niche areas of interest and academic exploration c.Call model – night float model allows residents to not miss significant learning experiences on subspecialty rotations; dedicated float weeks promotes resident wellness overall instead of managing a call burden throughout each rotation of the year; built-in transition to senior resident curriculum that helps prepare junior learners for the added roles and responsibilities d.Responsiveness to resident feedback – several channels for residents to be involved in directing the future direction of the program, including resident council, chief resident role, education resource persons for each rotation, etc. e.Diversity and inclusion committee work – in response to resident feedback and need identified, committee started with branches in community advocacy, collaboration and education to help promote inclusivity principles within McMaster Pediatrics

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