Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (CAIR)

May 19, 2010 15:50 ET

National Resident Wellbeing Day celebrated at the Ottawa Hospital

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health experiences life as a resident physician by walking "in their shoes"

Attention: Health/Medical Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA/ONTARIO/NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, today visited the Intensive Care Unit at the Ottawa Hospital's General Campus to experience the challenges of delivering care in a busy hospital by spending time "in the shoes" of a medical resident.

The Parliamentary Secretary's visit was part of National Resident Wellbeing Day sponsored by the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (CAIR). Dr. Noor Amin, the President of CAIR, assisted by CAIR Board Members, gave the Parliamentary Secretary his lab coat, stethoscope and pager before escorting him to the Intensive Care Unit. The Parliamentary Secretary was presented with his patient caseload for the day and reviewed his duties as a first-year surgical resident.

"I'm grateful to have been given this opportunity to take part in Resident Wellbeing Day at the Ottawa Hospital," Dr. Carrie said. "I very much enjoyed the chance to do the rounds with you this morning. I'm sure anyone who had a taste of what goes on in your world could see why it's especially important to set aside some time to focus on personal wellness."
More than 7,500 resident physicians across the country will celebrate National Resident Wellbeing Day. The day emphasizes the importance of resident physicians leading healthy, well-balanced lives. Developing healthy habits early in physician training is key to providing high quality health care to all Canadians.

"Resident physicians are an integral part of the health care system and it is important for our patients that we strive to live healthy, well-balanced lives," said Dr. Noor Amin, CAIR President and a 2nd year Family Medicine resident at the University of Manitoba. "As new doctors, we are also the future of the Canadian health care system," said Dr. Andrew Toren, a CAIR Board Member and a 4th year Opthamology resident at the University of Ottawa. "We are thrilled that the Parliamentary Secretary took the time to join us and become better acquainted with the work resident physicians do in the day-to-day delivery of healthcare to all Canadians."

CAIR is the national representative body of over 7,500 Resident Physicians in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, the Maritime Provinces, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Resident physicians play a multi-faceted role in Canada's healthcare system as trainees, teachers, researchers, and frontline healthcare providers.
/For further information: For more information, contact Cheryl Pellerin, Executive Director, at 613-234-6448 or 613-863-2247/ IN: HEALTH

Contact Information

  • Cheryl Pellerin, Executive Director
    Primary Phone: 613-234-6448
    Secondary Phone: 613-863-2247
    E-mail: cair@cair.ca