COVID-19 Updates

PARIM is dedicated to supporting you and keeping you updated during this challenging time. This page will be updated regularly. If there is anything you think should be included, please let us know at parim.office@gmail.com.
Please contact Occupational Health if you have urgent questions. The provincial OESH toll free number is 1-888-203-4066 (includes HSC and WRHA, and all urgent evening/weekend calls).
PARIM has prepared a statement on procedures to follow if you have been exposed to COVID-19. It is available here.

Information and resources are being regularly updated at the COVID-19 Providers Site https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/.

Regular updates on vaccine eligibility are posted here:  https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html. Immunization records can be accessed securely on the Shared Health online portal that is also used for COVID-19 test results at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/test-results/

Recent News

PARIM Updates

Message from PARIM President (January 15 2021)

Memo from PARIM President regarding resident travel (December 15 2020)

Message from PARIM President (December 14 2020)

Message from PARIM President regarding redeployment (November 18 2020)

Message from PARIM President (November 9 2020)

COVID 19 Procedures (October 26 2020)

Message from PARIM President (October 19 2020)

Message from PARIM President (September 22 2020)

Message to Rural Residents (August 24 2020)

See archived updates here

Operational Updates: The latest from Shared Health, PGME, and Manitoba Health

Safety, Essential Services and Financial Support

PPE: All healthcare workers should have access to PPE whenever necessary. Updated information available on the Shared Health Website: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/
Update (January 6) Changes to the Provincial PPE Requirements are reflected in at memo to all health care workers available at: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-ppe-requirements-memo.pdf. The PPE Resources webpage has also been reorganized for easier navigation and NEW resources have been added. Take the knowledge challenges and review the new site at: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/ppe-resources/.

N95 Mask Fit Testing
Due to the increased demand for N95 masks in healthcare facilities, Shared Health has secured masks from new suppliers over the last several months. Depending on your prior mask fit testing, you may have to be retested. Shared Health maintains a list of current N95 mask brands available. Please ensure the mask listed on your fit-test card is available at your current work site. If it is not, please contact the OESH office in your facility to see if repeat testing is required. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-student-fit-testing-companion.pdf

COVID Testing for Health Care Workers: Winnipeg Metropolitan Region – Health-Care Worker & First Responder COVID-19 Testing https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-hcw-and-fr-testing-memo.pdf

Alternative Accommodations: All Alternative Isolation Accommodations SOPs updated https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/alternative-isolation-accommodations/
AIA health-care support staff orientation package https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/aia-hcw-orientation.pdf
AIA Frequently Asked Questions https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/aia-faq.pdf

Airbnb hosts are offering “Frontline Stays” for COVID-19 responders. These hosts have committed to special cleaning measures. Many Frontline Stay hosts are offering their spaces for free or discounted rates. Airbnb is adding new hosts regularly, so they encourage people to keep checking back for more options.

Child Care: Essential Services Worker Child Care Request form

cdcinfo@gov.mb.ca
    1-888-213-4754 (toll free)
    (204) 945-0776

Financial Support

The CMA Foundation COVID-19 Support for Medical Learners Bursary
Funded by the CMA Foundation, the Bursary provides financial assistance to medical learners who have been impacted directly by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bursary provides monetary assistance towards unexpected financial needs or expenses due specifically to COVID-19. A list of FAQs and the Application are attached below:
FAQ
Application  
For more information please visit: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/education/undergraduate/awards/awards_ugme.html
January 21: The eligibility criteria for this bursary have been updated to prioritize those who have had to isolate due to COVID-19 infection or contact. Eligible residents will receive $200 per week to assist with food delivery costs. Accommodation costs may be considered if the isolation requires living outside of their regular home.

Doctors Manitoba COVID-19 Education Rebate
If you are a resident who has a certificate of practice (full licensure) in Manitoba AND have received fee-for-service or alternatively funded income from MB Health in 2020, you may be eligible for the Doctors Manitoba Special Pandemic Education Rebate. To see if you qualify or to inquire about the program, please visit the Doctors Manitoba website: https://doctorsmanitoba.ca/rebate2020/

Wellness Resources

Crisis Services

24-Hour Confidential Physician and Family Support Line:
1-844-436-2762

Crisis Line (24/7)
204-786-8686
1-888-322-3019

MB Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services
1-866-367-3276

Southern Health Wellness Line: The Wellness Support Line is for health care professionals in the Southern Health-Santé Sud region to debrief and talk to someone outside their normal support network and workplace.

Counselling Services

The Canadian Psychology Association has created a list of registered psychologists who have volunteered to provide services to healthcare workers. Please see here for details.

Free counselling and health services to Manitobans of all ages during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Here is a list of free services currently available.

Canadian Mental Health Association Manitoba – Wellness Response Line https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-cmha-resources.pdf

Additional Resources

Staying Grounded During COVID-19: Staff Health & Wellness Booster Sessions
These sessions will highlight simple strategies to enhance our ability to focus, to keep things in perspective and to stay grounded as we face the challenges of COVID-19. Participants will be guided through Grounding Techniques that can be used during pressure moments at work or at home to refresh, refuel and re-set throughout the day.  More information and registration is available at http://home.wrha.mb.ca/files/booster-sessions.pdf. Staying grounded during COVID-19 handout https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-staying-grounded-handout.pdf

Guide for Health Care Providers for Supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing of Patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Psychology Works” Fact Sheets from the Canadian Psychological Association

Self-care during COVID-19 pocket card: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/self-care-during-covid-19-pocket-card.pdf

Virtual Educational and Entertainment Resources

The University of Manitoba has created a list of available resources: https://create.piktochart.com/output/46746048-u-of-m-resources-during-covid-19

Stay at Home Manitoba: The Manitoba Government has partnered with various organizations to provide free online programming. For more information, see the website: https://www.safeathomemb.ca/

Deals and Discounts for Health Care Workers

RDoC has compiled a nation wide list of available discounts: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1v3ktrvxXaClgrbD1KUzKomceFWV3jAw_H7rk7N51Lt4/edit#gid=634347005&fvid=1339326310

The WRHA Employee Discount program is being regularly updated. See here for available discounts: https://professionals.wrha.mb.ca/star-program/employee-discount-program/

Travel Information

December 15: Memo from PARIM President regarding resident travel

Information sheet from the Manitoba Government: https://www.parim.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/information-travellers.pdf

Non-Essential Travel for Health-care Workers FAQs https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-non-essential-travel-for-hcw-faqs.pdf (from Shared Health)

RCPS, CFPC, MCC Exam and Licensing Information

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

FAQ: RDoC provided the Royal College with a list of questions received from residents regarding exams. The Royal College has created this FAQ page in response: http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/documents/credential-exams/covid-19-royal-college-exam-faq-e. This page is being updated regularly.
For a summary of the most recent Royal College Exam meeting, please see here.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada

The Medical Council of Canada

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM)

Updates

October 7 2020: RDoC COVID-19 MCCQE Part II Update

October 22: The MCCQE Exam has been cancelled: https://mcc.ca/news/cancellation-of-the-mccqe-part-ii-on-october-24-and-25/

October 23: RDoC COVID-19 MCCQE Part II Update

October 30: RDoC COVID-19 Exam Update

March 5 2021: RDoC Update on MCCQE2

March 8 2021: RDoC Update on MCCQE2

March 16 2021: RDoC Update on MCCQE2

March 17: PARIM Update on MCCQE2 Examination and Provisional Licensing

April 13: PARIM Update on MCCQE2 Examination and Licensing

Additional Resources: Affiliated Organizations, Public Health and Research

University of Manitoba Residents, Faculty and Staff

COVID-19 Reports: These reports are produced by a collaboration of fellows, residents, medical students, faculty leads, and librarians from the University of Manitoba and the Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases community. On hiatus as of May 11, 2020. Archived issues can be found at: https://www.mbcovid19report.com/

Affiliated Organizations

AFMC website

Canadian Medical Association

CMPA: CMPA COVID-19 Hub: https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/en/covid19

Doctors Manitoba – Resources for Health Care Providers

Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC)

University of Manitoba COVID-19

Public Health

Government of Canada COVID-19 Information

The Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app is now available in Manitoba. Refer to: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-alert-app-memo.pdf. For more information about COVID Alert, visit Canada.ca

World Health Organization COVID-19 page

Research

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

John Hopkins University COVID-19 page

The Lancet COVID-19 Resource Centre

Updated Scientific Literature from the National Library of Medicine (USA)

The AFMC has created a page outlining medical research on COVID-19 taking place at Canadian Universities: https://afmc.ca/en/priorities/medical-research-stories