Benefits Trust Fund Healthy Resident Program
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Board of Trustees of the Maritime Resident Doctors’ Benefits Trust Fund established a yearly $50,000 budget (Jan 1-Dec 31) to offer funding to residency programs to set up mental health and wellness initiatives for residents.
Each residency program will receive a pre-determined amount of funding from MarDocs' Healthy Resident Program (HRP) for resident-funded wellness initiatives, that would be otherwise inaccessible. The funding will be distributed based on the number of residents in the program.
Chiefs/Associate Chiefs can designate one Program Leader who will manage the funds and serve as the main person of contact for their program. Each residency program will be allocated $75 per resident up to a maximum of $2,000 per program. For example, a residency program with 12 residents would get $900, and a program with 22 residents would get $1,650.
The guidelines indicate the appointed HRP Program Leader will ensure funding will be distributed with a 50% plus participation rate, with the minimum of 25% mandatory participation, for all wellness initiatives.
Each residency program has the flexibility to choose the wellness initiatives that best fit their program, pending they are in line with the guidelines for spending. Each program would receive a budget and tailor the program to their wellness, within the guidelines of spending. Some programs may opt to spread the money over 12-months buying on-call snacks for their lounge or hosting small monthly wellness events, while other programs may spend it on one initiative such as a lounge renovation or on one big summer welcome event.
Please contact Leanne Bryan, Manager Health & Wellness at Leanne@mardocs.ca