Dr. Franco Rizzuti
Dr. Franco Rizzuti says it is a privilege to serve on the PARA executive as your 2021-22 Past-President. Dr. Rizzuti has been involved with PARA since his first year of residency; this will be his fourth year on the executive board; first as VP-OF and then two-terms as President. Through these roles, he has seen the significant impact PARA has on resident physician education, health system advocacy and particularly on resident physician wellness.
Working within student governments to promote supportive learning and working environments has been an interest of Dr. Rizzuti’s since 2010. From these past leadership roles, he brings experience with finance, governance and medical education. Throughout his medical education, Franco has had the opportunity to represent learners as a Past-President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and as a trainee representative on the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) board of directors, Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) board, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) board, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) board and on committees within the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and Royal College. Dr. Rizzuti additionally brings a unique perspective of trainees with disabilities or requiring accommodations as President of the Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities (CAPD).
Dr. Rizzuti says a highlight of working with PARA is meeting resident physicians across the province; the stories of both successes and of struggles are inspiring. He looks forward to continuing to support PARA members, while advancing residency education and enhancing the work and learning environments.
Outside of medicine you will find Dr. Rizzuti rock climbing, camping, playing with his dog, catching up on the latest political news, (re)posting on various social media platforms or lost amongst a wardrobe of paisley.
Dr. Kieran Steer
Dr. Kieran Steer is very excited to continue his journey with PARA as the VP Community and Internal Relations (VPCIR). Throughout medical school and residency, he has been highly involved with medical community affairs and feels the VPCIR position is an exciting opportunity to advocate for resident physicians, expand PARA initiatives and support resident physician wellness. This past year has seen numerous significant changes to the health care system, drastically affecting physicians. More than ever, Kieran sees a great importance in supporting the resident physician community through these challenges, by strengthening resident physician voices as advocates and continuing the incredible progress made in wellness initiatives.
Dr. Lauren Bilinsky
Dr. Lauren Bilinsky brings critical experience and continuity to the President role, after completing two years as the Vice President of Leadership and Education. As a senior public health resident physician, Dr. Bilinksy has had unique training in governance, program planning and project management, in addition to pandemic response and crisis communications. She knows that resident physicians want communication, connectedness and to better understand the role of their resident physician association in this tumultuous time. Along with the talented team of PARA staff and the strong Executive Board, Dr. Bilinsky will continue to work on creating a positive and supportive residency experience for you.
Ravneet is the staff lead for the Nomination and Awards Committee, where she oversees the distribution of awards to resident physicians, physician preceptors and allied staff, as well as administering conference sponsorship awards.
As a Member Services Coordinator, Ravneet works in the areas of Agreement Compliance, excess calls, organizes PARA’s half-day presentations and oversees the Taxi Reimbursement Program. If you have any questions on any of the above, please reach out to her!
When Ravneet is not working, she loves spending time with her son and husband. She loves going for long walks (only when it’s warm outside), traveling and watching Netflix.