Resident Affairs comprises one element of the Learner Wellness Centre, which supports both undergraduate and postgraduate learners in the School of Medicine. Residents experiencing personal or academic difficulties, or seeking confidential advice, are able to make appointments with the Director, Dr. Melissa Andrew. Particular attention is paid to supporting those residents
undergoing remediation. If appropriate, all residents may access time-limited counselling, subsidized by Postgraduate Medical Education, with the goal of maintaining training during a time of increased stress, or returning as quickly as possible from a leave.
Beyond direct support to residents, Dr. Andrew provides guidance to individual Program Directors who are faced with situations involving resident distress, behaviour changes, and academic difficulty. She is a resource for the network of Regional Learner Advocates, located in each of the three sites where residency programs in family medicine are based across the region. This network facilitates access to learner supports for residents based outside of Kingston, as well as those completing individual rotations at sites across the region.
Resident Affairs reviews, and provides input as required, on all remediation plans that come before the Educational Advisory Board. The Office of Resident Affairs is the primary contact for residents who are enrolled in the Ontario Physician Health Program (PHP). In this way, residents may be assured that confidential health information is maintained at arm’s length from those in direct positions of evaluating their progress.
Dr. Andrew participates in the national Physician Health and Wellbeing Group, which meets annually during the AFMC-CCME joint meeting. She also sits on the Queen’s Family Medicine Wellness and Resiliency Committee. This Committee, the first program-specific committee for wellness within Queen’s PGME, serves as a model of specialty-led initiatives in wellness.
Dr. Melissa Andrew, MD, MEd, FRCPC is the Director of Resident Affairs for Postgraduate Medical Education and an Associate Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Queen's University. She can be contacted at email@example.com.