COVID-19 Information for Residency Programs - Week of January 11, 2022

COVID Update

  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • No current shortages/restrictions
    • Drop in FIT testing for N95 at LHSC
  • Electives
    • Continue for residents and fellows across Canada;
    • Electives out of country should be discouraged/canceled – there is significant risk of having to self-isolate in another country, and risk of additional expense including for testing. Government of Canada – ‘avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada, regardless of your vaccination status.’ ( USA Center for Disease Control has issued a ‘do not travel’ warning for Canada.
  • COVID Therapy
  • LHSC COVD contact algorithm
    • A new algorithm has been developed by LHSC – is attached as a pdf for information. This may change (for example the school opening on January 17th may impact family contacts etc.).
    • ‘If you have had a third dose and are asymptomatic (which will apply to most of our residents and fellows – we believe the 3rd dose rate is > 80%, and is also underreported at Occupational Health) then you qualify for work isolation and need a PCR test.’
    • A reminder – if residents are asked to take call to cover a resident who is away for a COVID-related reason this coverage will fall under the MRRP program. The resident can be reimbursed at a rate of $50/hour for coverage. Unfortunately this funding is not available to our Internationally Sponsored Trainees.
  • Outbreaks
    • Inevitable…. Will have further guidance hopefully by the end of the week re: cohorting and movement into/out of outbreak units from IPAC. IPAC is aware of the disruption to patient care and learner education if cohorting is required; there is a domino effect that echoes throughout the system.
  • Booster doses
    • Third dose strongly recommended but is not mandatory at this time; available through hospitals on-site.
  • Training implications

Upcoming events and resources for residents

Wednesday January 19th 1:30-3:30pm
Zoom link:

EDID-I, You, Me and Everyone. The Way Forward
Wednesday January 26th 3pm-5pm
Zoom Link:

Patient Safety Webinar
Wednesday February 2nd 1:30-4:45pm (through JouleCMA)
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We are working on a digital wellness session for March, more information to follow.

The McGill Journal of Medicine is open for research articles on Quality Improvement from residents; the deadline for submission is February 1st.

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