Resident Forum






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Communication has gone out to the programs who have RSVP'd for our virtual event on November 18, 2020!  Please check with your home program to see which date you are attending or contact our office.



Our forum schedule is as follows: 


12:00-12:30PM                Virtual Registration

12:30-1:15PM                  Welcome Address

1:20-2:20PM                    Panel Discussion

2:20-2:30PM                    Break

2:30-3:30PM                    Breakout Workshops

3:30-3:45PM                    Break (Please use this time to set up for your activity)

3:45-4:45PM                    Breakout Activities

4:45-5:00PM                    Closing Remarks


You will need to register for one workshop and one activity.  Please register here:


**Please note, workshops and activities are subject to change based on registration numbers within individual workshops/activities**


Virtual Workshops Include:

  • Advocacy in Residency:  Participate in a group discussion on how your voice as a resident can be heard.  Learn tips and tricks from an experienced advocate about ways to promote positive change for your patients, your colleagues and yourself!
  • Anti-Racism:  Participate in a frank and relevant discussion about a difficult topic that affects us all
  • Challenges in Residency: Ice Cream Rounds:  A guided experience as you share your challenges and coping strategies with other residents while eating actual ice cream! *LIMITED SPACES*
  • Finances:  Yes!  You can retire one day!  And have fun along the way.  Join a Q&A session about all things financial as it relates to residency and beyond
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback:  A panel discussion that will focus on techniques for residents for giving and receiving useful feedback.
  • Residents as Leaders:  This workshop will focus on leadership skills for residents in the clinical and learning environment
  • Smartphone Rounds - What's on your Phone?:  Explore apps you know and some new ones while learning how to best use your phone to improve your productivity
  • Smart Snacking:  Learn useful tips and follow the steps to make these recipes during the session for healthy snacks on the go  *LIMITED SPACES*
  • Stress Management:  Explore mindful meditation, a tool that has proven to help people cope with many different challenges including stress, anxiety and depression
  • Time Management:  Wonder why they say if you want something done, ask a busy person?  Learn time management techniques from a local expert so you can get things done!
  • Transition to Practice:  Residency goes quicker than you think.  The transition to attending life may seem exciting but at the same time daunting.  Learn from those who have been there, the pitfalls to avoid and how to make it as smooth as possible
  • Wellness Journal Club:  Interactive journal club to review a recent article and debate a recent article on a wellness-related topic
  • Why are Doctors so Burned Out?:  Exploring the system we work in and the impact on mental health and physician burnout
  • Women in Medicine - Find Your Raft:  A facilitated Women in Medicine panel discussion focused on mentorship, sponsorship and finding your raft



  • Across the Board Café - Virtual Board Games in Jackbox:  Compete against other residents in this fun app to win prizes!  You will have to log on to another electronic device in order to participate in this activity. *LIMITED SPACES*
  • De Lucas - Cooking Class:   Plate and prepare a tasty three course meal in this workshop.  Menu to be decided on dietary restrictions.  Ingredients will be provided.  *LIMITED SPACES*
  • Food Studio - Cooking Class:  The delicious and healthy meal of Banh-mi Style Bowls that is easy to make and modify if you are a busy person will be made during this session.  Ingredients will be provided. *LIMITED SPACES*
  • Forth Winnipeg - Coffee Brewing and Recipes:  Learn about types of beans, grinds and uses with techniques focusing on a V60 pourover.  Materials will be provided, however a kettle is needed and a scale if you have.  *LIMITED SPACES*
  • Fresh Cut Downtown – Holiday Wreath Workshop:   An iron wreath form made up of 3 types of winter greens, wires, pine cones and ribbon - Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!  All wreath materials will be provided.  Required materials:  Scissors, clippers or paring knife.  *LIMITED SPACES*
  • Perspective Is Everything:  Why You Need To Get Writing:  Explore the field of narrative medicine and learn how writing can help during the most challenging aspects of being a doctor.  The group will engage in some simple, guided writing exercises, and for those who are interested in pursuing writing more seriously, Dr. Horton will suggest next steps. 
  • U of M RecServices - Functional Tabata Fitness Class:  Build muscular strength and endurance with 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest repeated 8 times for 6-8 sets.  You will use your body weight to challenge you to work hard and help you achieve your fitness goals.
  • Wheelhouse Cycle Club - Spin Class:  Sweat like you've never sweat before with this work out experience that will definitely challenge you!  Recommended for those who already have an exercise bike. 
  • Winnipeg Art and Wine - Virtual Paint Class:  Paint a special portrait of scenery perfect for the holiday season, paired with a non-alcoholic beverage.  All materials will be provided.
  • Yoga Public - Yoga Class:  Find your zen in this virtual yoga class led by instructors from Yoga Public.  Required materials:  Appropriate attire and mat.


In the event you are unable to attend on November 18, you will be able to attend on March 2, 2021.  Please inform our office if you are unable to attend as scheduled; your program will be advised of the date you will be attending.  Please contact for any inquiries.


















Recipient of the Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) Puddester Award for Resident Wellness

Winnipeg Emergency Room Physician is 2019-2020 RDoC Award Recipient

Dr. Cheryl ffrench of the University of Manitoba is one of five Canadians recognized for their contributions to improving the lives of resident doctors in Canada

April 24, 2020 – Ottawa, Canada – Dr. Cheryl ffrench, an emergency room physician and assistant professor with the University of Winnipeg’s Max Rady School of Medicine, is being honoured nationally for her contributions to improving the wellness of resident doctors in Canada. Dr. ffrench is receiving the RDoC Puddester Award for Resident Wellness, staff category. She shares this award with Dr. Alyssa Lip, a resident physician at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Emily Stewart, President of RDoC, said: “At the best of times, medicine can be an intense occupation, and RDoC works hard with its stakeholders to make sure that the wellness of Canada’s resident doctors is always a consideration in decision-making. These are unusual times and we are especially grateful for everyone who are providing wellness support to our members. It is an honour to recognize Dr. ffrench for her ongoing work and we thank her for what she does.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RDoC Awards will be presented to their individual recipients at a future date once restrictions on physical distancing have been lifted.


About Dr. ffrench

Dr. Cheryl ffrench is an Emergency Room Physician in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is also an Assistant Professor, Director of Simulation, and the Program Director for the FRCPC-EM Program in the Department of Emergency Medicine of the University of Manitoba’s Max Rady College of Medicine. Dr. ffrench is known as a mentor and a leader who is deeply committed to ensuring a positive learning environment and to improving resident education as a whole. In 2019, in response to the death of a former resident in her training program, Dr. ffrench led the creation of the first all-day Post-Graduate Medical Education Resident Retreat, which allowed all resident doctors training at the University of Manitoba to focus on their wellness through workshops and activities. The success of the Retreat has resulted in a commitment for it to occur every year. For her efforts in medical education and resident wellness, Dr. ffrench has previously been recognized as a Health Science Centre Educator of the Year several times, and in 2017/2018, received the PARIM On-Site Educator of the Year from Manitoba’s resident doctors. Dr. ffrench is the first individual from the University of Manitoba to receive an RDoC Award.


About Resident Doctors of Canada

Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) represents over 10,000 resident doctors across Canada. Established in 1972, we are a not-for-profit organization providing a unified, national voice for our membership. RDoC collaborates with other national health organizations to foster excellence in training, wellness, and patient care.


About the RDoC Awards

Through its Awards Program, RDoC honours individuals who have contributed to improving various elements of the lives of resident doctors in Canada. There are currently three awards bestowed annually in the following categories: (a) wellness, (b) medical education, and (c) service to resident doctors.

Past recipients have included resident doctors, program directors, postgraduate medical education (PGME) administrators, and organizations that support resident doctors. RDoC award recipients gain both national and local recognition for their efforts.

Biographies of all RDoC Award Recipients can be found by clicking on this link.

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