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The Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Saskatchewan (PAIRS) is the provincial health organization which represents Medical Residents. Governed by an elected Board of Directors, PAIRS is the official bargaining association and voice of Medical Residents in Saskatchewan.
Residents bring fresh ideas to the health care system, based on their current training and front line experience. In most major hospitals, a resident is the first physician a patient encounters when seeking care and often the last face the patient sees on discharge.

PAIRS Annual General Meeting – Nominations Open on July 24!

PAIRS will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 5:30pm in the SaskTel Theatre at RUH.   Dinner will be provided.   This meeting will be videoconferenced to the distributive sites as follows:

  • La Ronge – Medical Clinic
  • Moose Jaw – Union Hospital
  • North Battleford – Clinic
  • Prince Albert – HD1
  • Regina – College of Medicine HD1
  • Swift Current – CRH Education

 

If you are interested in attending this meeting please RSVP to pairs.sk@usask.ca .

 

At the AGM, the Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 academic year will be elected.  If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for a position, all nominations must be made to the PAIRS office in writing or email by Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 5:30pm; as per the bylaws no nominations from the floor will be accepted at the AGM.

 

Candidates may nominate themselves for multiple positions, but can only hold accept one position on the Board.  Please not that you may hold a voting position and a program representative position simultaneously as the program representative position is a non-voting liaison role.  All positions are for a one year term, with the exception of Chief Negotiator and Assistant Negotiator which have a two year term.  Position responsibilities are effective immediately after the votes are tallied at the AGM.

 

Campaigning is optional and may consist of a 90 second speech the day of the AGM.  If the candidate is unable to attend the AGM, they may submit a 90 second video or audio clip.  All votes must be cast in person at one of the sites, as per the bylaws there is no proxy voting for elections.

 

The PAIRS website will be updated as nominations are received.  The link is www.saskresidents.ca.

 

Please note that the President and CAIR Board Member from Saskatchewan positions were elected at our annual Special General Meeting in March, 2014.  The 2014-2015 President is Dr. Lei Xia and the CAIR Board Member from Saskatchewan is Dr. Breanna Balaton.  As well, the saskdocs position is held for a two year term and was elected at last year’s AGM.  The continuing saskdocs Representative for 2014-2015 is Dr. Nikki Rewuski.

 

The following is a list of the positions that are available:

 

Vice-President

  1. The Vice-President shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  2. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President.
  3. The Vice-President shall be a signing officer of the Corporation.
  4. The Vice-President shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time, attend any local or provincial committee meetings as directed by the Executive, and provide timely reports on such meetings to the Board of Directors.
  5. The Vice-President shall maintain ongoing communication with the Executive Director.
  6. The Vice-President shall notify the Executive Director if they are unavailable through pager – i.e. off pager, in a different location or on holidays.

 

Secretary/Treasurer

  1. The Secretary/Treasurer shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and work with the Administrative Assistant to ensure accuracy of all meeting minutes.
  2. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be a signing officer of the Corporation.
  3. The Secretary/Treasurer shall ensure that accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements of the corporation are maintained, and provide regular reports of the financial affairs of PAIRS to the Board of Directors.
  4. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time, attend any local or provincial committee meetings as directed by the Executive, and provide timely reports on such meetings to the Board of Directors.
  5. The Secretary/Treasurer shall maintain ongoing communication with the Executive Director.
  6. The Secretary/Treasurer shall notify the Executive Director if they are unavailable through pager – i.e. off pager, in a different location or on holidays.

 

Members At Large (3 positions available)

  1. The Members at Large shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  2. The duties of the Members at Large are determined by the Board of Directors.
  3. The Members at Large shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects which may come up from time to time and shall attend any local or provincial committee meetings as directed by the Executive, and provide timely reports on such meetings to the Board of Directors.

 

Negotiators – Chief and Assistant (2 positions available)

  1. Both Negotiators shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors. The position shall be 2 years in length, whereas the Assistant Negotiator is elected at the AGM and will be promoted to Chief Negotiator upon the election of a new Assistant Negotiator. This staggered process will supply continuity to contract negotiations.
  2. They shall be jointly responsible for coordinating the items for any proposed changes to the PAIRS contract in any given year.
  3. They shall be responsible for preparing any internal surveys to PAIRS members, required in connection with determining members’ input as to important items to be considered for negotiations.
  4. They shall attend all negotiations meetings and provide timely reports to the Board of Directors.
  5. Both of them shall be signing officers of the Corporation if required from time to time, by the absence of the President, Vice-President or Secretary/Treasurer.

 

Postgraduate Education Committee Representatives (2 positions available)

  1. The Postgraduate Education Committee Representatives shall attend all meetings of the PAIRS Board of Directors and all PGEC Committee Meetings and shall submit timely reports on the PGEC meetings to the Board of Directors.
  2. The PGEC Rep shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time.

 

Faculty Council Representatives (4 positions available)

  1. The Faculty Council Representatives shall attend all meetings of the PAIRS Board of Directors and all Faculty Council Meetings and shall submit timely reports on the Faculty Council Meetings to the Board of Directors.
  2. These Representatives shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time.

 

Saskatchewan Medical Association Representatives (2 positions available)

  1. The SMA Reps shall attend all meetings of the PAIRS Board of Directors.
  2. One SMA Rep shall attend all meetings of the SMA Board of Directors and the SMA Representative Assembly Meetings and shall submit timely reports on the SMA meetings to the PAIRS Board of Directors.
  3. One SMA Rep shall attend all meetings of the SRR and CORRPS and shall submit timely reports to the PAIRS Board of Directors.
  4. The SMA Reps shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time.

 

Resident Wellness Committee Representatives – RWC (2 positions available)

  1. The RWC sub-committee is open to any PAIRS members who wish to participate. Two voting members for the PAIRS Board, as well as the SMA Physician Health Program, shall be determined via majority vote by RWC members
  2. Voting members of the RWC shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors, or appoint a representative on the RWC to attend in their stead, and shall submit timely reports on the activities of the RWC to the PAIRS board members.
  3. Members appointed to the SMA Physician Health Program shall attend all PHP meetings, liaise between the PHP and PAIRS, and make timely reports to the PAIRS board regarding the PHP.
  4. The RWC shall seek to promote better health and wellness for all residents.
  5. RWC members shall actively seek information on issues affecting resident health and wellness.

 

Saskatoon Practitioner Advisory Committee (PAC) Representative

  1. The Saskatoon PAC Representative shall attend all meetings of the PAIRS Board of Directors, and shall submit timely reports on the PAC meetings to the Board of Directors.
  2. The PAC Representative shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time.

 

PGY1 Representative

  1. The PGY1 Representative shall attend all meeting of the PAIRS Board of Directors.
  2. They will act as a liaison between the PGY1 residents and the Board of Directors.
  3. They shall be expected to assume certain tasks and projects as may come up from time to time

 

 

Congratulations Dr. Julie Seymour!

Each year PAIRS conducts a survey for residents in their final year of their residency and uses this survey to measure trends.  This year residents who completed the survey could enter their name into a draw for a $200 Air Canada Gift Card.  We are happy to announce Dr. Julie Seymour as the winner.  Congratulations Dr. Seymour!

For residents completing this year, watch your inbox during the last few months of residency to complete the survey.

 

 

Physician Management Institute (PMI) Workshops

The SMA is sponsoring two residents to attend each of the following workshops.:

  • Quality Measurement for Leadership and Learning – September 19-20, 2014 in Saskatoon
  • System Transformation: Navigating Complexity Through Dialogue – October 3 -4, 2014 in Regina

Sponsorship includes: the registration fee including course materials, breakfast, snacks and lunch on the full day.

The names of all interested residents will be put into a draw. Deadline to enter your name is August 1, 2014. Contact PAIRS at pairs.sk@usask.ca for more information and to enter your name.

 

Calling All Residents, Win Free Registration to IRLS 2014!

Residents, how can social media enhance resident leadership? If you enter our contest to answer that question, you could win free registration to the 2014 International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS).

IRLS is Canada’s premier resident leadership event, taking place October 25-26, 2014, in beautiful Toronto, Ont. It’s a great opportunity to network and benefit from practical resident-focused workshops and plenary sessions.

Want to attend for free? Tell us, in 400 words or less, how you think social media can enhance resident leadership. Innovative ideas, big and small, are welcome. The top three winners will receive free registration and get the chance to showcase their idea.

It’s easy to enter: Just visit the IRLS website (link) and follow the instructions. Your entry must include your full name and contact information. Click here to see the complete list of contest rules http://www.royalcollege.ca/portal/page/portal/rc/events/icre/irls

Hurry! Contest closes July 15, 2014.

Have questions? For further information, contact irls@royalcollege.ca

 

CAIR Spring 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

 

•           Volunteer with CAIR

•           BC ChangeMaker Award Winner

•           CAIR’s Annual General Meeting

•           Handover Updates

•           Physician HHR Activities Update

•           CAME Survey

•           Register for ICRE 2014

 

Click here for the newsletter.

 

PAIRS Has Moved from Ellis Hall

Please note that our office has moved to Room 2695 RUH (D Wing – 2nd floor of the “old hospital tower”.) Please bring your insurance forms to Room 2695.  Thanks!

 

 

1939 Resident Teacher Award in Medicine – Deadline for Nominations is June 30, 2014

Residents who excel in teaching – we know they’re out there – let’s give them some recognition!

The selection committee for the 1939 Resident Teacher Award in Medicine is looking for our most exceptional resident teachers and we are currently accepting nominations from undergraduate medical students, residents, faculty and staff in the College of Medicine. The nomination form and eligibility criteria are attached.

Nomination forms and supporting documentation can be sent to the Postgraduate Medical Education Office and will be accepted until Monday, June 30, 2014 at 4:00pm.

Click here for the nomination form.

 

FMWC 2014 Annual General Meeting, Vancouver BC

“Women as Medical Leaders: Empowered, Engaged, Extraordinary”

 

CALL FOR RESIDENT ABSTRACTS

 

Submission Deadline: July 25th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

FMWC seeks to be the networking and professional development home for all Canadian women in the medical profession while being the preeminent advocate for women’s health across Canada.

The 90th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the FMWC will be held in Vancouver, BC, September 19-21, 2014.  The FMWC is now accepting abstracts for scientific poster presentations from medical students and residents.

This meeting is attended by women physicians from all fields of medicine. The presentations include seminars on leadership, networking, work-life balance, career transitions, and medical updates. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work and network with specialists from across the province and country.

Abstract submission is open to medical students and residents who are current FMWC members. We encourage poster topics related to sex and gender differences and women’s health issues.

Submissions will undergo peer review and all selected abstracts will be displayed as posters. The presenting author of the top abstract in each category of medical student and resident submission will be awarded a prize. The organizing committee will select the top resident and medical student abstracts for the prize, based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity      and depth of writing
  • Ability      of the abstract to stimulate discussion
  • Relevance      to health care
  • Overall      impression of the abstract

Top abstract winners will be announced at the FMWC AGM Meeting.

The abstract limit is 250 words (not including title, authors, and affiliations) and submissions should be formatted using the following headings:

  • Background      and Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results      and Discussion
  • Conclusions

Posters should not exceed 4 feet (width) x 3 feet (height).

 

We invite you to submit your abstracts to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1prCaeTu2PEbeovYl21BQnwdYpv20Qy7bQSBy6Hhyedg/viewform

Register for the AGM at: www.fmwc.ca

Questions can be forwarded to fmwcstudents@gmail.com