Western University – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – London
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Dr. Steven Macaluso

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Deb McLaughlin

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Western University – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – London

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Western University – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – London
Lauren Cormier
PGY-2 as of October 2021
Western has so many fantastic things about it! I think a strength of our program is the supportive community both from faculty and co-residents. There is flexibility in the program to make the most of your residency. I feel that the program sets you up for success not only for exams but for real life. You are never alone in this program there is always someone available to help you through the process. The Faculty are incredibly supportive and although we have an official mentorship program everyone is more than happy to help out and provide guidance or research opportunities.
The best part of being a resident is the support. We spend most of our first two years off service but I still feel connected to the PMR group. Our admin is fantastic at coordinating with other programs to make the most out of our rotations. If you run into any problems you don’t feel abandoned and the program does it’s best to fix things right away and not just for the next person rotating through. Our program is very protective of its residents and ensures PARO rules are followed both on and off service.
Everyone on the team respects each other. The PMR wards are a great place to work and I enjoy the work I do with them. People are genuinely happy to be there and it makes us a better team.
I enjoy competing in equestrian sports and I’m able to go ride 3-4 times a week while still getting enough time to sleep and study. The program gives you protected time to study and learn either individually or with the group. Some of the other residents enjoy running and cycling in the summer and it’s their main way of getting to and from work. London is a great place to live and there are trails that connect all the hospitals so it is easy and safe to bike/run to work.
We have a fantastic resident group that meets on a regular basis (every 1-2months) to socialize and have fun. Covid has made things different but we still had virtual games night/murder mystery games and a movie night. We have even teamed up with other smaller programs like Geriatrics to host virtual social events. The program has funding available specifically for group wellness which opens up more activities.
I’m looking forward to spend more time on PMR rotations. I can’t wait for Covid restrictions to lift so we can spend more time in person. We look forward to meeting our new PGY1 next July and of course our orientation to Parkwood with the AMAZING RACE! (Series of challenges focused on meeting the allied health team and having fun)
Western has so many fantastic things about it! I think a strength of our program is the supportive community both from faculty and co-residents. There is flexibility in the program to make the most of your residency. I feel that the program sets you up for success not only for exams but for real life. You are never alone in this program there is always someone available to help you through the process. The Faculty are incredibly supportive and although we have an official mentorship program everyone is more than happy to help out and provide guidance or research opportunities.

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