Committees

Internal, Joint & External

Internal Committees

Resident Doctors of BC has several internal committees which focus on specific needs of the association and residents. The initiatives of these committees are the responsibility of the Board. Some committees are solely populated by Board members while others are open to the full membership. To join an available committee visit the Volunteer page to see available opportunities.

  • Awards Selection Committee
    Awards committee

    The Award Committee meets once per year to review the nominations for the annual Resident Innovation Fund and Awards of Excellence. The committee is formed each year in September. The committee consists of the President, Executive Director, Director of Resident Affairs and Wellness, Director of External & Labour Relations, and an additional Director selected at the first Board Meeting who will serve as chair. Individuals on the Selection Committee are not able to nominate or act as a reference.

    2022-2023 Committee:

    Chair: Dr. Julie Wong R3 – Urology (Resident Doctors of BC Board Director)

    Members:
    Dr. Devon Mitchell R3 – Emergency Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Past President)
    Dr. Willow Thickson R1 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Resident Affairs & Wellness)
    Dr. Harrison Anzinger R2 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director of External & Labour Relations)
    Dr. Karan D’Souza R4 – General Surgery (Resident Doctors of BC Board Director)
    Ms. Lona Cunningham (Resident Doctors of BC Executive Director)

  • Council of Program Representatives

    The Resident Doctors of BC membership consists of many programs with varying interests and needs. It is the purpose of this Council to ensure that those interests and needs are addressed in the association.

    For the membership making up the Council, please visit our Council page.

  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee

    The role of this committee is to support RDBC in establishing an EDI strategy that ensures the organization considers EDI issues in meeting its purpose and mission in alignment with its strategic priorities.

    2021-2022 Committee:

    Co-Chairs: Dr. Willow Thickson R1 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Resident Affairs and Wellness) and Dr. Simaran Kalkat R1 – Internal Medicine

    Members:
    Dr. Daphne Lu R4 – General Surgery (Resident Doctors of BC Immediate Past President)
    Dr. Maya Rosenkrantz R2 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Dr. Zach Sagorin R1 – General Surgery (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Dr. Prabhjas Hans R2 – Family Medicine
    Dr. James Wang R6 – Pediatrics / Adolescent Medicine
    Dr. Helena Bentley R2 – Diagnostic Radiology
    Dr. Oghenerukevwe Agbahovbe R2 – Psychiatry

  • Executive Committee
    RDBC Exec logo

    The Executive Committee is made up of the executive members of the board and supported by the Executive Director. They discuss pertinent issues that arise relating to Resident Doctors of BC and resident issues between Board Meetings.

    The Executive Committee membership is restricted to the Executive Members of the Board. If you would like to contact the Executive, please contact Resident Doctors of BC.

    2022-2023 Committee:

    Chair: Dr. Devon Mitchell R3 – Emergency Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Past President)

    Members:
    Dr. Soma Dalai R3 – Internal Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC President)
    Dr. Zach Sagorin R2 – General Surgery (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Operations & Finance)
    Dr. Willow Thickson R1 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Resident Affairs & Wellness)
    Dr. Harrison Anzinger R2 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director of External & Labour Relations)
    Ms. Lona Cunningham (Resident Doctors of BC Executive Director)

  • External Relations Committee

    The External Relations Committee is newly established to expand RDBC connections with stakeholders and external parties.

    2021-2022 Committee:

    Chair: Dr. Soma Dalai R2 – Internal Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of External & Labour Relations)

    Members:
    Dr. Devon Mitchell R2 – Emergency Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC President)
    Dr. Laura Labonté R3 – Psychiatry (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Dr. Daniel Lu R2 – Psychiatry (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Dr. Evan Mah R2 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Dr. Harrison Anzinger R1 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Mr. Harry Gray (Resident Doctors of BC Executive Director)

  • Finance Committee
    RDBC Finance Committee logo

    This committee is populated by Board members and is responsible for developing guidelines for capital assets and funds. They also review financial statements and present the annual operating budget for the association.

    The Finance Committee membership is restricted to the members listed. If you would like to contact the Finance Committee, please email Resident Doctors of BC.

    2021-2022 Committee:

    Chair: Dr. Julie Wong R2 – Urology (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Operations & Finance)

    Members:
    Dr. Devon Mitchell R2 – Emergency Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC President)
    Dr. Daphne Lu R4 – General Surgery (Resident Doctors of BC Immediate Past President)
    Dr. Harrison Anzinger R1 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Mr. Harry Gray (Resident Doctors of BC Executive Director)

  • Governance Committee
    RDBC Governance Committee logo

    This committee addresses issues pertaining to the Constitution and by-laws or Resident Doctors of BC and creates or updates polices that are directly related to the administration of the organization.

    2021 – 2022 Committee

    Chair: Dr. Julie Wong R2 – Urology (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Operations & Finance)

    Members:
    Dr. Daphne Lu R4 – General Surgery (Resident Doctors of BC Immediate Past President)
    Dr. Isaac Rodin R1 – Psychiatry (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Dr. Soma Dalai R2 – Internal Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of External & Labour Relations)
    Dr. Philip Edgcumbe R2 – Diagnostic Radiology
    Dr. Helena Bentley R2 – Diagnostic Radiology

  • Health & Wellness Committee
    RDBC Health and Wellness Committee logo

    To develop and promote initiatives enhancing the overall wellbeing of the RDBC members.

    2020-2021 Committee Projects:

    • Propose social events to be sponsored/run by Resident Doctors of BC and continue successful events from previous years

    • Propose health and wellness events to be sponsored/run by Resident Doctors of BC and continue successful events from previous years

    • Source health and wellness resources and communicate them to the membership

    • Liaise with external stakeholders to determine partnership opportunities on issues of physician health and wellness

    2021-2022 Committee:

    Chair: Dr. Maya Rosenkrantz R2 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director)

    Members:
    Dr. Willow Thickson R1 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Resident Affairs & Wellness)
    Dr. Isaac Rodin R1 – Psychiatry (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Dr. Zach Sagorin R1 – General Surgery (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Dr. Jenna Pittman R1 – Psychiatry
    Dr. Adrianna Gunton R2 – Internal Medicine
    Dr. Kimberly Li R2 – Anesthesiology
    Dr. Jessie Brazier R1 – Psychiatry
    Dr. Alexa Caldwell R1 – Anesthesiology
    Dr. Dannielle Tinker R4 – Anesthesiology
    Dr. Shikha Walia R1 – Psychiatry
    Dr. Wendy Yao R1 – Anesthesiology

  • Labour Relations Committee

    The role of this committee is to address matters pertaining to the Collective Agreement in between negotiations cycles

    2019-2020 Committee Projects:

    • Conduct the Membership Survey in advance of the start of negotiations (shared with the Negotiations Committee, to be completed before negotiations begin)

    • Use the Membership Survey results to assist the Negotiations Committee with the development of negotiations priorities

    • Labour Relations Committee transitions to a job action committee for planning and executing a job action strategy during periods of but not limited to:

      • Negotiations cycles
      • When another health care union plans to go on strike or is on strike
      • When the resident membership votes in favour of going on strike

    2022-2023 Committee:

    Chair: Dr. Harrison Anzinger R2 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director of External & Labour Relations)

    Members:
    Dr. Soma Dalai R3 – Internal Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC President)
    Dr. Willow Thickson R1 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Resident Affairs and Wellness)
    Ms. Lona Cunningham (Resident Doctors of BC Executive Director)

    The Labour Relations Committee membership is restricted to the members listed. If you would like to contact the Labour Relations Committee, please email Resident Doctors of BC.

  • Negotiations Committee

    The Negotiations Committee with the Executive Director and Chief Negotiator, actively negotiates the Collective Agreement based on priorities provided by the membership. This includes research, member consultation, proposal formation, and active bargaining. The resident membership of the Committee consists of 3 – 5 residents, one of whom may be an executive member of the RDBC Board of Directors, and one of whom may be a general RDBC Board Member. All resident members of the Negotiations Committee are selected by a separate selection committee of two board members and the Executive Director based on selection criteria.

    2021-2022 Committee:

    Members:
    Dr. Hanny Chen R2 – Orthopedics
    Dr. Soma Dalai R2 – Internal Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of External & Labour Relations)
    Dr. Daniel Lu R2 – Psychiatry (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    Dr. Sina Marzoughi R3 – Neurology
    Dr. Abigail Steinberg R4 – Public Health and Preventative Medicine

Joint Committees

Resident Doctors of BC participates in these committees to work directly with stakeholders to focus on specific areas of interest for residents.

  • Tri-Party Committee

    As part of the Letter of Understanding (LOU) between Resident Doctors of BC, HEABC and UBC a joint committee has been created to address issues affecting all parties from the Collective Agreement; this includes issues relating to Leaves of Absence, Stat Holidays, Vacation, Scheduling and Call Stipends.

    It has two representatives from each party, which meets four times per year. Resident Doctors of BC has one resident representative this year.

    Dr. Soma Dalai R3 – Internal Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC President)

  • Resident Safety Working Group

    This group reviews issues relating to resident health and safety with the employer. Issues include, but are not limited to:

    • Application of and access to complaint procedures, including harassment complaint procedures;
    • Resident access to occupational health and safety training delivered by Employers online;
    • Resident participation in occupational health and safety orientation including site specific safety training;
    • Resident access to the services provided by Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre and injury reporting and investigations;
    • Radiation safety;
    • Worksite specific health and safety concerns;

    Resident Representative: TBD

  • Rural Recruitment/Retention Committee

    This committee addresses recruitment and retention of Residents post-residency in rural areas. It is also to address recruitment and retention of Residents post-residency for hard to fill vacancies as determined appropriate by the Committee.

     

External Committees

Resident Doctors of BC members participate in these committees to represent residents as an important group of learners and healthcare service providers, and to support the work of these committees as they make policy decisions and conduct activities related to their missions.

  • PGME Committee

    The PGME Committee approves PGME initiatives, facilitates governance and oversight of residency programs, supports the associate dean, PGME in planning, organizing, and evaluating all aspects of residency education, advocates for the resources and support needed for the functioning of quality residency programs, and ensures that residency programs are in compliance with the General Standards of Accreditation.

    Per the terms of reference (TOR) of the PGME Committee, Resident Doctors of BC has three resident representatives to the PGME Committee every year.

    Dr. Soma Dalai R3 – Internal Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC President)
    Dr. Willow Thickson R1 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Resident Affairs & Wellness)
    Dr. Harrison Anzinger R2 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director of External & Labour Relations)

  • PGME Executive Subcommittee

    The PGME Executive Subcommittee recommends decisions to the PGME Committee related to policies, new programs, or substantive changes to programs, and acts on behalf of the PGME Committee between its meetings.

    Per the terms of reference (TOR) of the PGME Executive Subcommittee, Resident Doctors of BC has two resident representatives to the PGME Executive Subcommittee every year.

    Dr. Soma Dalai R3 – Internal Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC President)
    Dr. Willow Thickson R1 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Resident Affairs & Wellness)

  • PGME Review Subcommittee

    The PGME Review Subcommittee supports the PGME Office in prioritizing areas for focus and development, conducts, evaluates and follows up on processes to support ongoing quality improvement of PGME, training sites and residency programs, and conducts, evaluates, and follows up on internal reviews of each residency program.

    Per the terms of reference (TOR) of the PGME Review Subcommittee, Resident Doctors of BC has three resident representatives to the PGME Review Subcommittee every year.

    Dr. Soma Dalai R3 – Internal Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC President)
    Dr. Willow Thickson R1 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director of Resident Affairs & Wellness)
    Dr. Harrison Anzinger R2 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director of External & Labour Relations)

  • Resident Doctors of Canada

    Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) is the national organization that represents over 10,000 resident doctors across Canada. RDoC collaborates with other national health organizations to foster excellence in training, wellness, and patient care. RDoC cultivates meaningful dialogue with its members and Provincial Housestaff Organizations to provide the perspective of resident doctors on national medical education issues.

    Resident Doctors of BC has one resident representative to RDoC every year.

  • PGME Residency Allocation Subcommittee

    The PGME Residency Allocation Subcommittee is responsible for developing a three to five year rolling plan for the allocation of all MOH funded residency positions (including both CMG and IMG positions) to the UBC postgraduate residency programs.

    Per the terms of reference (TOR) of the RAS Committee, Resident Doctors of BC has three resident representatives to the PGME Committee every year. There will be one representative from Family Medicine, one from the Medical specialties, and one from the Surgical specialties.

    Dr. Harrison Anzinger R2 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director)
    TBD – Family Medicine
    Dr. Karan D’Souza R4 – General Surgery (Resident Doctors of BC Director)

  • General Practice Services Committee

    The General Practice Services Committee is one of four joint collaborative committees that represent a partnership of the government of BC and Doctors of BC. As the leading collaborative table for primary care in BC, the GPSC is a vehicle for representatives of the Government, the Doctors of BC and the BC Family Doctors to work together on matters affecting the provision of services by Family Physicians (FPs) in British Columbia. The GPSC identifies changes in current physician service delivery that could result in improvements in patient care, more effective utilization of physician and other healthcare resources, and measurable savings in expenditures. It supports the integration and alignment of physician services with other health service delivery, and encourages appropriate collaborative practice with other physicians and integration of physicians with other health professionals. The committee also provides incentives for FPs to provide full service family practice and benefit patients.

    Resident Doctors of BC has one resident representative to the GPSC every year.

    Dr. Kevin Chong Yu Wang R1 – Family Medicine (Resident Doctors of BC Director)

  • Regional Advisory Committee (Region 1 – BC, AB, YT and NWT), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

    The RACs of the Royal College provide regional perspectives on initiatives, plans, and strategic priorities in medical education, professional development, professional practice and health policy, and contribute to the development of strategies that enhance the value and relevance of the Royal College to its Fellows and Affiliates. The committee identifies and (where appropriate) makes recommendations to FAC, regional issues relevant to the practice of specialty medicine, medical education, professional practice and health policy for action by the Royal College. It promotes effective engagement and communication with regional members, and where applicable, residents and medical students. It facilitates regional members’ ability to share their perspectives, strategies or solutions within areas of common interest (for example by participating in and helping promote Royal College surveys, meetings or consultations), and supports the continuing professional development mandate of the Royal College through collaboration with regional CPD Educators and other regional partner organizations.

    Resident Doctors of BC has one resident representative to the RAC Region 1.

    Dr. Harrison Anzinger R1 – Pediatrics (Resident Doctors of BC Director)