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Chapter 6: Resident Support and Representatives


Updated March 2021*

COVID-19 Impact on Surgical Foundations: 

McMaster University is monitoring the current crisis closely, providing updates to all faculty and members of the community. As of April 8th, 2020, it is uncertain if large group gatherings will be permitted in July 2020. Please note that SF is prepared to provide Boot Camp lectures virtually and will communicate all updates as they become available. Additional information can be found here.

The Hamilton community and beyond would like to extend a thank-you to all front-line and behind-the- scenes workers contributing to the health and well-being of society, now during the current crisis and always. On Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 each surgical foundations resident was the recipient of a thank-you card (electronically) from members of the Hamilton community and beyond. Residents can access and view all artwork in the shared MacDrive folder.


Post-Graduate Medical Education (PGME) at McMaster University provides a multitude of resources, available to all surgical foundations residents. Residents are encouraged to seek out support and can find additional information here.  Additional resources for physical and mental well-being for all graduate and post-graduate learners at McMaster University can be found here


Link to information for PARO can be found here


Surgical Foundations (SF) Resident Representatives increase communication between residents and the SF Program Director and Coordinator. Suggestions, questions, comments, and concerns from residents are brought forward to their home-discipline resident representative who then communicates with the Resident Representative President, Vice-President, and SF program director and coordinator accordingly. A resident representative from each surgical discipline creates the Resident Representative Group (RRG). 

Additionally, Resident Representatives are responsible for gathering topic prompts for Academic Half Day Lectures, providing specific topics or questions from residents to the SF Program Coordinator in advance of lectures. A resident representative from each surgical discipline creates the Resident Representative Group (RRG). *Resident Representatives are PGY2s.

Once all home-disciplines have selected their Resident Representative, voting will take place among representatives to fill the following positions: President, Vice-President, and PGY1 Representative.* The President, Vice-President, and PGY1 Representative sit on the SF Resident Program Committee (details on page 2).

*Voting for the PGY1 resident representative will take place in September 2020 to allow for incoming residents to familiarize themselves with colleagues and cast a knowledgeable vote. All PGY1’s are eligible for the position.


President:  Giuliana Guarna (OBGYN) Vice-President: Shannon Baker (GenSurg)


  • The process for establishing the Resident Representatives Group for the upcoming academic year begins in April of the previous academic year.
  • Where there is only one possible candidate for a division representative, the single candidate is appointed to the position.
  • Where there is more than one possible candidate, a call for volunteers/nominations goes out to the residents of the division (see below)
  • When a tie is received for division representative, a secondary divisional vote is called.
  • Voting within the RRG takes place for the position of President and Vice-President. Speeches may be requested from the candidates prior to voting. The President and Vice President sit on the SFRPC

To view the RRG Terms of Reference click RRG - Terms of Reference 2020-2021 - 

Voting for Resident Representatives took place from Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 9:00 am - Friday, May 1st, 2020 at 5:00 pm. The SF Program Coordinator provided a voting link via e-mail to each home-discipline resident group. *Residents were permitted to vote for themselves. 

Voting for the Resident Representative President and Vice-President positions took place from Wednesday, May 6th at 9:00 am - Wednesday, May 12th, 2020 at 5:00 pm. 


The SFRPC reviews commentary provided by the Surgical Foundations Competence Committee. In addition to resident-specific reviews, the SFRPC discusses overall themes and ways in which to improve resident progression. These themes vary, and include discussions on curriculum, communication, understanding, and resident experience (among others). The SFRPC consists of the following members:

  • The SF Program Director – Dr. Nalin Amin
  • The SF Program Coordinator – Naomi Downer
  • The Program Director from each of the surgical divisions taking part in SF
  • President – Resident Representative
  • Vice President – Resident Representative
  • PGY1 Resident Representative

Additional details on the SFRPC can be found here. 



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