OTTAWA, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - As National Resident Awareness Day is
celebrated across the country, the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada is proud to celebrate the work of resident
physicians across the health system. In the coming months, the Royal
College will work with resident groups and partners to advance two key
issues affecting residents and the entire health system: resident duty
hours and specialist employment.
"Resident physicians are often the first point of contact for patients,"
said Royal College CEO Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC. "Canada's residents
are vital players in arguably the world's finest medical education and
health system. Residents are the future leaders of medicine in Canada."
National Resident Awareness Day is intended to raise public awareness of
the important role that approximately 9,000 resident physicians play in
Canadian health care. Their role requires them to regularly work
lengthy duty hours, a practice which has come under debate in recent
years as research revealed potential correlations between the incidence
of medical errors and resident fatigue.
In the coming months, the Royal College and its partners will complete
the Health Canada supported project, Towards a Pan-Canadian Consensus on Resident Duty Hours. The regulation of resident duty hours has been hotly debated. Trends
in the European Union and the United States, as well as a 2011 ruling
in Quebec eliminating 24-hour on-call shifts, have focused on reducing
working hours by decreasing shift length in the name of resident
well-being and patient safety. However, there is little unanimity and
great discrepancy between jurisdictions, as well as significant
variation in the findings and evidence in the available literature.
The project's national steering committee has been examining the
available evidence on this issue and a national consensus conference
will be held in Ottawa next month. Attended by residents, educators and
health care leaders, this national collaboration will ultimately
produce a pan-Canadian statement and recommendations on resident duty
hour issues, directions and best practices - to be released later this
year. For more information, please visit www.royalcollege.ca/rdh.
Also, the Royal College will release the findings this spring of its
comprehensive study examining specialist unemployment in Canada. This
study examined the complex causes underlying this situation and
identifying potential solutions. The Royal College will then convene a
national forum of residents, medical education and health care leaders
to discuss how best to move forward.
"Residents spend further years in intensive, comprehensive specialty
training to meet Canada's diverse health needs, yet planning has fallen
short to integrate them into the medical workforce", said Dr. Padmos.
"We're committed to working with them to achieve lasting solutions."
SOURCE: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
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