Parenting in Practice
The Parenting in Practice (PiP) working group identifies the needs of physicians, spouses (regardless of gender), and their families. Within rural practice, there are considerable barriers to overcome when recruiting physicians with families, including lack of daycare, onerous on-call requirements (especially for physician couples), and concerns regarding career opportunities for physician spouses.
This Working Group aims to identify barriers, establish supportive policies that benefit this population, and advocate for First Nations physician parents’ needs. We believe we can increase awareness and support, promote advocacy, and improve the futures of these rural physicians, their families and their communities.
Making a Difference
Throughout the course of the year, the working group established the Parenting in Practice Facebook group and plans to expand its presence on social media.
PiP working group member, Dr. Erin Carlson says: “Approximately 100 people joined within the first day and that was just with one advertisement on multiple other parenting group sites. We now have over 150 members and hope to advertise for more members to join soon.”
Dr. Charuka Maheswaran, the health lead for PiP, says: “We are now creating a communications strategy aimed at expanding our communication network. It will include a strategy for dissemination of information to policymakers, academics, medical directors, health administrators and other stakeholders and, of course, the community of parents in practice.”
Dig in Deeper
Dr. Charuka Maheswaran
Dr. Erin Carlson
Dr. Andrée-Anne Cromp
Former Project Coordinator