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Rounds – November 27, 2015

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Economic Stability Dividend

Extra Pay Raise in 2016 for Residents!

To supplement the salary increases that were gained during the last round of bargaining, our Bargaining Team also negotiated for a GDP tie-in via the “Economic Stability Dividend”:

“Employees will receive a general wage increase (GWI) equal to one half (1/2) of any percentage gain in real GDP above forecast of the Economic Forecast Council for the relevant calendar year.”
Section 3, MOA Re: Economic Stability Dividend

We are excited to announce that since our economy did better than expected last year, residents will be able to take advantage of the dividend and will receive an additional pay increase of 0.45% in February 2016. Read a news article here.

Pharmacare Coverage

The deadline for claiming pharmacare coverage for the July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 period is December 9th, 2015. Please see the article on page 9 of the Pulse for further details.


Upcoming Events

Focus Group
The Ministry of Health wants your input on how to shape the future of the B.C. healthcare system.
The Advocacy Committee is hosting a focus group on December 3rd at 6:30pm at the RDBC office. Full details are available here.
Board Meeting
The next RDBC Board Meeting is December 2nd at 6:30 pm. Interested Residents are always welcome to attend. Supper is provided. Please RSVP.
Transition Tuesday
The next Transition Tuesday hosted by UBC is Tuesday December 1 from 6-7 pm at the PGME Dean’s Office Conference Room. The topic is employment contract negotiations. A light supper is provided at 5:30. Register here

Book and appleDid you Know?

IAll residents are entitled to 5 days off between Dec 23 and Jan 3. The 5 days are made up of 3 stat lieu days and 2 weekend days.

Coffee3Caffeinate a Resident

The Medical Undergraduate Society (MUS) wants your wisdom, and pays in coffee and gratitude! Fill out this form to be matched with a medical student for a 15 minute coffee break in your hospital cafeteria to chat about your specialty! If you have any questions, contact the MUS Representative Kingsley Shih.



Tell us about a “day in the life” of a resident doctor! Share with us some highlights of your “typical” day, to be used for an infographic for Resident Awareness Week.
Complete the quick 20 question survey here to be entered to win! ($10 Starbucks, iTunes or Amazon gift card) *Winner selected at random from all entries*
Last edition we asked about interest in funding; the response was a strong “yes!”.
The randomly selected winner was Dr. Daniel Ting

author: Michelle Seymour