by Dr. Kara Dempster – PGY4
CPA MIT Chair
As I sit pondering on what to write about for this column, I cannot help but feel excited about the future for psychiatry residents. More so than ever before, we have the ability to make a difference in our field and I am excited to be able to share details on some of the initiatives that we, the MIT executive, have been working on. First of all, I’d like to thank everyone that came to Toronto for this year’s CPA Annual Conference in September. From a resident perspective, highlights included several educational sessions targeted directly to residents, the resident research colloquium, the Annual General Meeting (where we as an executive had a chance to hear from you), a resident social featuring tons of delicious appetizers, and the largest resident representation at the end of the conference gala ever!
Over the years, I have had the pleasure to witness a growth in the resident presence within the CPA, and as I step into my position as the MIT chair, my hope is to continue to foster this. We are in the end stages of writing a position paper on resident wellness, reflecting what we feel is important with regards to maintaining your wellbeing as a psychiatry resident. Stay tuned for this! We have also been working on promoting our social media presence, and most recently, have been posting “Readings of the Week” by Dr. David Gratzer to our Facebook group. These readings address hot topics pertinent to psychiatry and we hope to facilitate discussion amongst residents across the country by posting these readings to our group. Our mandate is to use this private group as a unique opportunity to connect with residents in psychiatry from all across the country- if you have not joined yet, look us up! (Resident Section of Canadian Psychiatric Association)
Although the Annual Conference just occurred, we as an executive are already looking towards next year’s conference in Ottawa so that we can offer you the best possible experience. In addition to working on offering pertinent sessions of interest to residents and organizing the resident social, we have been brainstorming regarding a brand new project that I am very excited about involving a boot camp-style array of sessions to best prepare residents for transition to practice. This project is in preliminary stages at this point, but we would love to hear what residents would like to see offered so that we can best tailor the event to your needs.
This is an exciting time to be a resident within the CPA. Due to advances in technology, we are able to collaborate in ways that were not previously possible, and I believe that this will open up new opportunities going forward with regards to education, leadership, and research. As an executive, our mandate is to represent all psychiatry residents in the country and we are always open to hearing from you regarding what you would like to see the CPA do for you. As residents, we are the future of psychiatry, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to see what is to come for our specialty going forward.