The thought of returning to work after taking time away to focus on your role as a parent can often be stressful. Please be kind to yourself, and know that you are not alone. Reach out to your support networks or to the support resources offered to us as residents (see the "Wellness Resources" page).
Here are a few individuals we suggest you contact prior to returning to work:
Let them know what day you plan to return to work, and ensure that you are back on the schedule. Ask them to send your schedule for the year so that you are aware of where you will be working and what rotation/service you will be on. This can be very helpful for planning your childcare (i.e. anticipating heavier workloads)
For Family Medicine residents specifically, it is important to determine the timing of your rural rotation. You have the option of completing a “close proximity” request, which allows you to remain in a community closer to your training site in an attempt to keep you near your child/family. This usually happens in November, and requires you to complete an application form by a specific deadline (note: this is before the regular match deadline). You should get an email about this, so keep an eye out!
To learn more about the communities available, there is detailed information available on Entrada under “rural rotations” --> “communities.” You can also seek advice from past residents who have worked there. You can see current placement locations at this website: https://rccbc.ca/education-and-cmecpd/residents/resident-rural-rotation-schedules/2020-2021-rural-rotation-placement-schedule/ but be aware not all locations are available each cycle.
It can also be helpful to connect with your main preceptor/mentor to further delineate your schedule upon return to residency, as well as for social support as you make the transition back to work.
Don’t forget to also touch base with your program director and let them know of your plans to return to work. If you are having concerns about returning, or do not feel you can transition right back into full-time residency, there may be an option for a more gradual return to work or a schedule with reduced hours (part-time). It’s best to speak to your program director about your options; don’t be afraid to advocate for what you need!
Remember to re-activate:
For further details, please see the "Whom to Inform Before/After Leave" page
❏ CMPA (online or by phone assistance)
❏ College of Physicians and Surgeons License (online, fee of $150)
❏ Resident Management System (log-in if you are a returning resident, and complete "registration" section)
❏ VCH Payroll (done automatically based on Record of Employment (ROE) initially sent when you started your leave)