Vice-President Candidates

Dr. Arit Archibong, PGY 1, Family Medicine – Brandon

Dr Arit Archibong is a Family resident in the Brandon rural stream and presently serves on PARIM’s Governance Committee.
Prior to her current position, Dr Archibong has had wide-ranging training and experience in health management and working with cross-functional diverse teams. Her interests include health workforce well-being and leveraging digital technology to improve the health of vulnerable populations.
In addition to executing her duties as Vice-President of PARIM, she will be co-creating strategies to ensure that physicians thrive in training and after.
Arit is a Rotarian who has rediscovered her love for long-distance driving and is learning about the rich culture of Manitoba. She enjoys reading biographies and epics, golfing and improving her French.

Dr. Devon Johnstone, PGY 2, Emergency Medicine

Dear Colleagues,
My name is Devon and I am running for PARIM Vice-President. I will be entering my third year of emergency medicine residency with a year spent prior as a neurosurgery resident. If elected, one of my goals is to advocate for residents by creating an updated non-conforming agreement. Mindful of the recent changes in the economy, I also want to hear your concerns and help plan for the next PARIM contract that will reflect the changing needs of residents. Furthermore, I will work closely with the PARIM President and the rest of the Executive to push for positive changes not just as it pertains to resident physicians directly, but for a better healthcare system, that is more inclusive, and strives for improved patient care. As for relevant experiences that will help me in this role, I am fully bilingual, served as Vice-President for the uOttawa Aesculapian society, and held multiple executive and social roles on graduate student societies. I believe in an “open door” policy and would look forward to receiving your input on how we can move things forward.

Dr. Dov Kagan, PGY 2, Internal Medicine

Hi I’m Dov and I’m a PGY2 in core internal medicine!I am running for PARIM Vice President because I believe I can be a strong advocate for all residents on issues relating to our workplace and contractual rights. Before coming to medical school, I obtained a law degree and so I have experience with reading and interpreting contracts, as well as written and oral advocacy. Over the past year, I have served as one of the medicine representatives and have been Chair of the PARIM Governance Committee. I view PARIM first and foremost as a union that should protect residents and will fight to ensure that our rights under the contract are respected. I have a strong understanding of our rights and obligations including in terms of duty hours, call pay, and workplace environment. Those of you who know me, know that I am a passionate and tenacious advocate on these issues. While I am of course known best in Internal Medicine, if elected, I will ensure that I reach out to all residents and ensure that everybody has strong representation to the best of my ability.

Dr. Anwer Zohaib Siddiqi, PGY 2, Neurology

Hi everyone! I am a second-year Neurology resident and am excited about running for the Vice-President position of PARIM.
I am originally from Alberta, and as a medical student, had experience working with the Alberta Medical Association (equivalent to Doctors Manitoba) for four years and as an ambassador to the Canadian Medical Association for two years. During that time, I was involved in developing new initiatives for student advocacy and aided in allowing students to enter leadership positions.
Over the last two years, I have had the privilege to learn about the new PARIM initiatives and believe the organization has made great strides in supporting residents’ financial and social wellbeing.
I am passionate about furthering initiatives to support residents in Manitoba. One of my primary goals is to ensure that resident rights regarding working hours and call allocation are upheld and that this is maintained across programs. Even though the healthcare system stands on the shoulders of residents, this should not be done at the expense of resident mental health.
One of Manitoba’s strengths is the strong diversity we have in our resident population. Given that many of our residents are from out-of-province, I will also help create programs and resources that help new residents settle in Manitoba, helping them find the right accommodation at a fair price.
I am enthusiastic about the prospect of being your PARIM Vice-President, and am committed to serving resident interests over the next year.

Dr. Danielle Stepnuk, PGY 3, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Hi Everyone!
I’m Danille Stepnuk, soon to be PGY 4 in OBYGYN, and I’m excited to run for PARIM’s Vice-President position!
Over the last year it has been an honour to be PARIM’s Peri-operative Rep, PARIM’s Social and Wellness Committee Co-Chair, Resident Doctors of Canada Rep on the Royal College Regional Advisory Committee, assist in the development of CPSM’s Social Media Standard of Practice, and sit on PGME’s Working Wellness Group and PARIM’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDID) Committee.
In these positions I was able to bring back in-person social events for residents including the Halloween Social, Holiday Wreath Event, and the Winter Holiday Gala, as well as liaise with the Royal College and PGME on how to best improve resident quality of life. I’m very passionate about improving the residency experience and I have a strong interest in resident wellness. I’m very much aware that burnout continues to be real and heightened post-pandemic. As Vice-President I would be eager to see further growth in our social and wellness events and increased support during some of our most difficult years as we navigate the challenges of residency.
I believe in transparency and communication so that every resident stays up to date. This past year I was able to run and grow PARIM’s social media accounts, broadening the different types of communication. I’m committed to advocating for a safe working environment and recognise that racism and discrimination exist within our workplace. I believe in equitable opportunities regardless of your gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, age, or disability. If elected, I hope to continue to grow the communication platforms and collaborate with EDID to ensure all residents feel safe and included.
I’m friendly and approachable, and with my experience already on PARIM, it would be my pleasure to be your Vice-President and continue to listen to your concerns and advocate on your behalf!
Thank you for your consideration!