Message from PARIM President Dr. Joshua Aquin

Dear Residents,

Welcome to a new year of residency training, and to those who are new to our province, welcome to Manitoba! While these are certainly unusual times, I hope you all feel at home in our residency and medical communities.

This year, we have over 600 medical and non-medical residents in our province, providing front-line care in unprecedented circumstances. To say the work you do is an essential service is an understatement. Your hard work, compassion and unwavering dedication to those you care for is inspiring. While you work hard to serve your patients and community, know that PARIM remains committed to serving you.

I would like to congratulate and welcome our new PARIM Board of Directors! Further thanks goes out to all the incredible candidates for running in the election. PARIM’s success relies on the hard work of resident volunteers from both the Board and the general membership. There are numerous opportunities for residents to get involved, so please watch your emails, as we will be looking for your participation throughout the year.

We remain busy at work addressing matters that affect residents. Some of the current activities include advocacy related to COVID-19 (inc. redeployment, pandemic pay, PPE, resident safety, etc), contract grievances, wellness initiatives, pager discontinuation, hospital WiFi problems… the list goes on. Furthermore, this Fall we will begin the process of gathering input for our future Collective Agreement renewal/negotiation. I cannot overemphasize how important resident input will be in this process, and I look forward to hearing your feedback later this year.

We truly are in uncharted territory this year. While PARIM’s activities may look a little different than in the past, know that we will strive to provide the same high-quality services as always. Have a suggestion? A concern? A conflict that you’re not sure how to resolve? Contact me or any member of the PARIM team, and we will find a way to help.

Stay safe and be well,
Dr. Joshua Aquin President, PARIM