Advocacy – PARNL 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 – PARNL 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. PARNL 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 PARNL representatives that sit on academic committees in the Faculty of Medicine. PARNL has a voting member on the Faculty of Medicine Faculty Council and the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee.
Community Involvement – PARNL 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 as well as a $1,000 donation to The Gathering Place.