Transition to Practice Bootcamp
Dr. Kara Dempster
This year’s annual CPA conference marked the inaugural Transition to Practice Bootcamp which was launched as a pre-conference course. As a senior resident, I found the content was extremely valuable, and covered topics that we do not receive enough teaching on elsewhere throughout residency training. We tackled the anxiety-provoking topic of Royal College exam preparation first. Dr’s Butterfield and Johnson did a fabulous job providing a comprehensive overview of exam preparation which included an in-depth provision of resources, a study timeline, and practical tips for exam day. Next, Dr.’s White and Abbey, both having served in numerous national leadership roles and being involved in the hiring of trainees in their centres, spoke on the topic of job negotiations. An informal discussion ensued and I found it invaluable to be able to interact with these experts in leadership in our specialty. As a resident, I have received virtually no training to date in terms of billing and finances, and therefore found Dr. Gaind’s talk on billing to be extremely informative. I left the session feeling much more informed regarding how billing works, and more prepared to start billing once I complete my residency. Lastly, we were able to talk informally with a panel of very successful early career psychiatrists, Dr.’s Bond, Magnan, and Bates, whom were able to speak about their personal experiences with transitioning to practice, and field questions from residents regarding topics ranging from regrets they may have had, to guidance regarding work-life balance. In addition to providing invaluable knowledge on this elusive topic that is poorly discussed in current residency programs, this forum provided an opportunity to network with other residents from across the country, from Newfoundland to British Columbia. We hope to continue this valuable session going forward at future annual conferences, and I would encourage residents at all stages of training to consider attending.