Working with Residents

Residents consulting with doctor

Your doctor is a practicing family physician preceptor working to train new family physicians. While training, these new family physicians are called residents. Residents are licensed physicians completing a 2 year specialty program in Family Medicine.

What does it mean to have a resident involved in my care and to be assigned to a resident panel?

  • The resident is identified as part of the physician team caring for you (your family physician is the primary physician and the resident is the secondary physician).
  • The resident is actively and jointly responsible for your care, in partnership and under the direct supervision of your family physician.
  • Your primary physician is still your family doctor and he/she will have ongoing responsibility for your care.
  • We strive to provide consistency with your resident over time.

Why would I want to join a teaching practice and have a resident involved in my care?

  • You will have 2 doctors caring for you every visit.
  • Residents are keen to learn from you and grateful for your time.
  • Residents work more slowly and are often able to go into more detail.
  • You can be directly involved in training the next generation of caring and competent family physicians.
  • We are teaching residents to practice the best patient care by working in teams with dieticians, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers and other health care providers.
  • Our teaching practice strives to demonstrate the highest quality of care, regularly completing audits and quality improvement reviews.

How do I book appointments?

  • Reception will book your appointment, and whenever possible you will be booked under your resident, who is being supervised by your family physician.

Will my visits take more time?

  • Your visits might take more time.
  • Residents work more slowly and often more thoroughly, and extra time is taken by your family physician to review and discuss patient care.

What happens at each visit?

  1. For most visits, you will see your resident first.
  2. Your resident will review your case in detail with your family physician (this may occur outside the exam room and includes spending time reviewing your health issues/concerns, reviewing your tests/investigations/reports).
  3. Your family physician may choose to clarify parts of your history or exam.
  4. You and your physician team will discuss the best management plan.

How do I know my care is being supervised?

  • Your resident is required to work in partnership and under the direct supervision of your family physician.
  • Your family physician can directly observe the resident by joining you in the clinic room or by camera, or by video recording (video recording can only be done with your permission and signed consent).
  • As residents progress through the 2 year program, they will have increased responsibility for patient care and will do more on their own.
  • All visits, decisions and records are reviewed and approved by the supervising physician. 

Who follows up on my tests, investigations or reports?

  • All tests/investigations/reports will be sent to your family physician for review.
  • The resident will also review the results and discuss them with your family physician.
  • Management and follow up will be determined by the physician team.

Who do I see if my resident or my family physician is away?

  • If your resident is away, you may be seen by another resident working with your family physician.
  • If your family physician is away, a colleague family physician will be teaching and supervising your resident, and reviewing all incoming patient information.

What happens when the resident graduates?

  • When the resident graduates, you may meet a new resident working with your family physician for the next 2 years.