Resident Orientation Day Information

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New Residents:

You’ve made it to our Website! This is where you’ll find the answers to your questions, updates on news and events, and contacts for people and organizations who will help you during your residency and during your transition to practice.

For today, we’ll just start with the events directly pertaining to today’s Orientation.

New Resident Orientation 2017

Held at SFU Goldcorp Center for the Arts

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM


followed by:


Doctors of BC Reception

Held at Rogue Waterfront

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

  • Questions for Speakers:

    Tweeting Questions to Speakers:

    During the Orientation, we will have a group of speakers presenting, many of whom you’ll have questions for. To expedite the question asking process, please tweet your question with the hashtag #<speakers first initial><speakers last name>2017. For example, for our Keynote speaker Julielynn Wong, you would ask your question then add #JWong2017 to the beginning or end of your tweet. See the agenda tab below for links to the Twitter #Hashtags. 

    Your tweet will be displayed on the Twitterfall backdrop during assigned blocks over the course of the orientation.

  • Resident Doctors of BC Social

    Let’s be professional:


    After Hours: 

    Instagram: @ResidentDocsBC

    Snapchat: @RDOBC

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ResidentDoctorsBC/

  • Social Media Contests

    To help you get to know the doctors you’ll be working alongside during your residency, we’ll have a series of social media contests: Have your Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat ready! From best tweeted questions, to photos with peers, to snapping a pic of certain signs, you’ll have the opportunity to win big.


    Also, add us:

    • @ResidentDocsBC for Instagram & Twitter
    • @RDOBC for Snapchat – Enable Your Location to Use the Snapchat Geotag Filter!
    • And by our organization name on Facebook & LinkedIn.
  • Venue Information

    There are three floors to the SFU Goldcorp Center that will be used for the Orientation.

    On the first floor, you will see signs directing you upstairs to register and collect your gift bag.

    From there, you will take the elevator or stairs up one floor, to the second floor area where you will sign in, then can grab food and refreshments. On there will also be a patio to eat outside on, if the weather permits, as well as booths to speak with representatives from affiliated organizations.

    The entrance to the theatre, where the presentations will be held, is on the second floor.

    There are additional entrances to the top of the theatre on the third floor.

  • Orientation Agenda

    Click Here to Download the Agenda, with #Twitter links for Speakers: Orientation Day Agenda 2017 

  • Orientation Day Speakers

    Dr. Julielynn Wong, MD, MPH

    Founder, Chairman and CEO of 3D4MD

    Julielynn is an award-winning, Harvard educated physician-scientist, innovator, and educator whose life’s mission is to use technology to benefit the world. She is internationally recognized as a 3D printing, drone, robotics, telemedicine and digital health pioneer who uses cutting-edge technology to deliver healthcare solutions in diverse environments, from outer space to remote communities with limited access to healthcare resources.  She was the first to 3D print medical supplies onboard the International Space Station and at the Mars Desert Research Station.  She designed a solar-powered mobile 3D printing system that can be transported in a carry-on suitcase to produce medical supplies in remote, off-grid communities.  Julielynn regularly lectures on innovation in healthcare and is a frequent contributor to various media outlets including ABC News, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.

    Dr. David Kim


    David is an Emergency Medicine Resident originally from Nanaimo.  He pursued both undergraduate studies and medical school at UBC.  He is excited to serve as president of Resident Doctors of BC this year and hopes to bring his experience to the table to advance the interests of the association and residents, and to advocate for better patient care.  In his free time, David enjoys golfing, trading stocks, and playing the drums.

    Gurdeep Parhar, MD CCFP CIME

    Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice

    Visit: med.ubc.ca & med.ubc.ca/clinical-faculty/

    As Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism, Dr. Parhar provides strategic coordination and leadership between the Faculty of Medicine and the Health Authorities. Working with the provincial government, other universities, agencies and other public sector institutions, he supports faculty members engaged in clinical activities throughout the Province, and provides oversight of the Office of Clinical Faculty Affairs.

    In addition, Dr. Parhar provides professionalism leadership to facilitate the prevention and resolution of concerns and complaints across all sites for undergraduate students, post-graduate trainees, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.

    After growing up in Kitimat, BC, Dr. Parhar received his MD from the University of Calgary in 1992 and subsequently completed his postgraduate training at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. His clinical practice in Vancouver Coastal Health and in Fraser Health focuses on immigrants, refugees, workers’ health and patients with severe disabilities. He teaches extensively in undergraduate and postgraduate programs on the topics of professionalism, equity, cultural safety, psychosocial aspects of healthcare, and medical disability. Dr. Parhar is currently the principal investigator on several educational innovation grants employing interprofessional models to address issues important to underserved populations, particularly Indigenous Peoples.

    Dr. NARDIA STRYDOM has been working as a family physician in BC for the last 25 years and loves her job! She loves the variety and the unexpected nature of family medicine, the connections with her patients and the comprehensive long-term care she can provide. As a “full service family physician” her patients are newborns, seniors and everything in-between. Nardia is a teacher and a learner, and is stimulated by change and its possibilities. She is the Department Head of Family Medicine at Providence Health Care, Regional Department Head of Family Medicine, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care and Regional Medical Director of Primary Care for Vancouver Coastal Health. Her family, friends, gardening, exercise and anything to do with food keep her life in balance.

    Dr. Ray Markham

    Born in Zimbabwe and trained in South Africa, Dr. Ray Markham first immigrated to Canada in 1992, where he practiced for three years in rural Newfoundland. In 1995, he began a seven-year career in General Practice with the British Army in the UK completing his General Practice Vocational Training and his Membership into the Royal College of General Practitioners. During that time, Ray was awarded the Sydney Herbert Medal and Prize for achievement in post-graduate medical officer training, and the Queen Mother Prize for GP vocational training.

    In 2002, Ray returned to Canada and settled with his family in Valemount, BC to practice rural generalist family medicine. He was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2009 for his service in Valemount.

    Ray was appointed as Medical Director for UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development in 2013, and became Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC in Jan 2016. He continues to hold both roles, and also regularly leads multidisciplinary volunteer teams from Canada to Zimbabwe through UBC Global Health aiming at bi-directional capacity building.

    Mr. Irving Gold

    Executive Director, Resident Doctors of Canada

    Irving assumed the role of Executive Director at Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) on June 1, 2015. He has over a decade of senior executive experience in the medical education community, and a demonstrated track record in both strategic and operational planning and delivery. His career has been defined by an ongoing commitment to the important link between medical education and the health of Canadians.

    Prior to joining RDoC, he held senior leadership positions at the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC).

    As CaRMS’ first Vice President, Irving was charged with the implementation and oversight of the organization’s response to a comprehensive organizational review. In addition, he played a key role in a variety of stakeholder engagement initiatives and significantly enhanced corporate communications activities at CaRMS.

    His seven-year tenure as the first Vice President, External Affairs at the AFMC saw him spearhead the organization’s advocacy efforts, oversee corporate communications, and launch a series of projects that culminated in a significant e-learning portfolio at the Association. His time at AFMC provided Irving with a deep understanding of man of the issues that concern residents and the complex environment within which they exist.

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    Mr. Harry Gray

    Executive Director

    The Executive Director is responsible for the vision, mission and strategy of Resident Doctors of BC. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, including managing staff, member services and various committees. He works closely with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s plans, to govern and manage its initiatives. The Executive Director ensures all projects and services are not only in line with the organization’s strategic plan and mission statement, but are cost effective and time efficient. He is also a member of the Bargaining Team, and assists residents with academic matters.


    Ms. Brandi MacLean

    Events/Office Administrator

    Brandi plans the association’s events, including socials, site visits and professional workshops, and processes the Plan Your Own Social applications. She administers the call stipend and meal allowances for residents, and is staff support for the Health & Wellness Committee and Council of Program Representatives.

    Mr. Greg Lee Son

    Greg Lee Son is an Early Career Specialist at the Canadian Medical Association in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Greg started his career in the sciences with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Neurophysiology. After graduating, he transitioned into business while still holding ties to the health sciences by working in Biotechnology and Consulting for Provincial Health Authorities. Greg went back to school to complete his MBA and soon after began working for the Canadian Medical Association and MD Financial Management. Greg’s role is to connect with medical students, residents, and early-practicing physicians and share the offerings the Canadian Medical Association and MD Financial Management can bring to physicians.

    Ms. Simone Riml (EFAP)

    As the Manager of Workplace Wellness and Client Relations at EFAP, Simone is responsible for developing and delivering integrated wellness programs. Her expertise resides in health promotions, wellness programming, and partnership development. She has worked with some of BC’s leading employers to support employee health and wellbeing. She has taught mindfulness, yoga and meditation for 15 years and uses these skills to develop Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction applications for the workplace.

    Mr. Alphil Guilaran (FLC)

    Alphil co-founded the Financial Literacy Counsel (FLC) in 1999 to increase the financial literacy rates of professionals, physicians and business owners. In addition to providing programs for Vancouver Coastal Health’s EFAP, Resident Doctors of BC, Richmond Division of Family Practice and UBC Medicine, FLC’s financial counsellors work alongside tax and legal professionals in order to help physicians “get their financial houses in order” through integrated financial, tax and legal planning.

    Andrew Clarke, BS, MD, MEd

    Executive Director, Physician Health Program, Doctors of BC

    Dr. Andrew Clarke was born and raised in Vancouver, and received a degree in chemistry from Stanford University before returning to BC to study medicine.  He completed his medical training in Ontario where he had a consulting practice in occupational medicine for over 20 years.  During that time he conducted research at the Institute for Work and Health, focusing primarily on occupational mental health and the social psychology of workplace behavior.  Since 2008 he has been the Executive Director of the Physician Health Program of BC. He completed a Master of Education degree at Simon Fraser University in 2013.

    Dr. Trina Larsen Soles

    Dr. Trina Larsen Soles was born in Vancouver, but spent her childhood in Quebec City and California.  She did her BA in Zoology at  UC Berkeley, returning to Vancouver to complete a MSc in Genetics and then an MD at UBC.  She interned at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton and came to Golden BC to do a 3 month locum. She practices with a group of 13 physicians and does office practice, hospital inpatients, obstetrics, ER, and oncology and palliative care.  Her favourite hobbies are reading and gardening, and she also enjoys photography, hiking, biking, running, and cross-country skiing.

  • Presentation Videos

    Videos will be posted after the recordings have been taken & edited for clarity. Stay tuned the week after Orientation for updates on this section!

  • Orientation Reimbursement Information

    To be brief, make sure you get all three of these out of the way so you’re not on the hook for a big bill after the big day:

    1. Keep the ORIGINAL receipts with the Proof of Payment and Expense Forms.
    2. Snail Mail all the required forms and original receipts. These must be post marked to July 7th, latest. Any late submissions will not be accepted!
    3. Other things to include, if applicable: Google map of journey & gas receipts.

    Click Here to Download the Expense Form:  2017-2018 Orientation Expenses

    More Information & Details Here.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@residentdoctorsbc.ca. We look forward to hosting you, and hope you have a great time!

author: Navpreet