Our Role

Who We Are
PAIRN members are resident physicians who have completed medical school and are continuing their training in postgraduate medical education at Memorial University. Residents complete their training either in family medicine, under the guidelines of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, or in a specialty program, under the guidelines of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Residency training lasts between two to six years and, upon completion, residents become fully-licensed general practitioners or specialists.
Residents are employed by Eastern Health and the majority of their clinical duties and service is provided in and around the St. John’s area. In some instances, training may also take residents to communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and even out of the province.
There are approximately 220 PAIRN members working throughout the province, delivering round-the-clock medical care to patients. As front-line providers, Residents are often the first physician a patient sees when arriving at the hospital emergency department, delivery room, surgical wards or out-patient clinics. In addition to their role as patient advocates, Residents also fulfill a teaching role by providing instruction to medical students and junior Residents.
What We Do
Advocacy PAIRN works with a number of local and national organizations within the health care system to advocate on behalf of our members. To ensure that postgraduate medical trainees have input into health policy decisions that may affect them, we have open communication with the teaching hospitals, Memorial University, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador, Eastern Health, the Department of Heath and Community Services as well as numerous committees and boards across the health care spectrum.
Academics PAIRN advocates for the acknowledgement of the Resident’s role in medical education and is in regular contact with the major bodies that influence academic issues in residency training programs. PAIRN will respond quickly to an individual Resident’s academic needs and to larger issues that affect more than one Resident.
Individually, we meet with program directors and the postgraduate dean to address everything from core training issues to issues of residency. Locally, there are three PAIRN representatives that sit on academic committees in the Faculty of Medicine. PAIRN has a voting member on the Medical School Faculty Council, the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Community Involvement PAIRN has provided financial assistance and donations to community organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador. The most recent being a $1,000 dollar donation to Monte Carlo, an annual charitable fundraising event established in 1977 to raise money for a fellow student who survived a serious diving accident. Residents also participate in a number of community events in the province like the Tely Ten road race and the Ride for Sight motorcycle charity.
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