All persons holding the position known as Interne, Resident or Fellow in any Newfoundland and Labrador hospital or its affiliate are members of PAIRN.
PAIRN fees are one per cent (1%) of your gross salary, which is automatically deducted and tax deductible as professional fees. A portion of these dues are remitted to the national association, CAIR.
As a condition of membership, all members must also obtain malpractice insurance coverage with the Canadian Medical Protective Association in order to practice in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

CAIR Membership

The Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (CAIR) is the national body comprised of seven provincial medical resident associations, and represents about 7,500 physician residents in training across Canada. CAIR advocates for the collective interests of residents including educational, professional and well-being issues.
Through CAIR, PAIRN has a national voice. The CAIR Board of Directors is made up of two voting members from each provincial housestaff organization and meets three times a year. The CAIR Executive consists of members elected at the September Board of Directors meeting. To Learn more visit

NLMA Membership

The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) is the professional association for physicians, residents and medical students in the province. The NLMA is the provincial division of the Canadian Medical Association and the voice of organized medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador. It supports and represents the views of physicians with governments, the media and the general public. It also represents the clinical, political and economic interests of the medical profession and advocates on behalf of patients for a fair and equitable health care system.
The NLMA extends optional membership to all residents in the province, providing access to products and services designed to meet a wide range of professional, personal and financial needs. PAIRN also has one voting representative sitting on the NLMA Board of Directors. The membership fee for residents is $145. 
For information about membership fees and services contact Suzan Tucker at or contact the NLMA at 164 MacDonald Drive, St. John's, Newfoundland, A1A 4B3, (709) 726-7424 or 1-800-563-2003. You can also visit the NLMA website at

CMA Membership

Membership in the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is extended to residents who are also members of the NLMA. The CMA speaks for more than 60,000 residents and practicing physicians on health care related concerns and works to promote the image and integrity of the Canadian medical profession.
The CMA learns about student and resident concerns through PAIRN and other divisions and addresses issues of pressing concern to medical students and residents. The organization speaks out on such critical issues as tuition fees and the federal loan repayment schedule. It also works with residents’ groups on health human resource strategies, promotes career flexibility and is actively involved in setting standards for on-call maximums. For more information, visit

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