May 9, 2024  |  6:00pm - 7:15pm

Mentorship for New Grads – a special DFCM mentorship panel

“Whoever enters the way without a guide will take a hundred years to travel a two-day journey”- Rumi     

Are you in the first five years of practice and have questions about how to navigate the transition to independent practice? Join the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto for a special panel event with Drs. Stephanie Zhou and Ali Damji.

> Mentorship for New Grads | Thursday, May 9, 6 to 7:15 pm ET

Drs Zhou and Damji will share their experience transitioning to independent practice, including tips for navigating the transition and building a practice.  

We will also introduce Dr Ryan Banach, the Family Medicine Early Career Supports Lead in the Office of Health System Partnerships, and hear about support in place for Early Practice physicians.

Don't miss the chance to ask questions and participate in lively discussion during the live Q&A session. Questions can also be submitted here ahead of the event.  

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Dr. Stephanie Zhou  

Dr. Stephanie Zhou practices Addictions Medicine at Sunnybrook Hospital, Family Medicine at Don Mills FHT and is an Assistant Professor for the Financial Literacy curriculum at the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Toronto Public Health and chairs the Scientific Planning Committee for the Ontario College of Family Physicians Practicing Well series. Outside of her clinical work, she is a nationally invited speaker on financial literacy and runs a popular financial education blog on Instagram and YouTube called Breaking Bad Debt.  

Dr. Ali Damji 

Dr. Damji is a family physician and addiction medicine specialist at Credit Valley FHT & FMTU and the Mississauga & Halton Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine Clinic. He is an Assistant Professor in the DFCM, and an Investigator at the Institute for Better Health. He is the Division Head of Primary Care at Trillium Health Partners, where he leads approximately 300 family physicians. He is a health systems leader at local, provincial, and national levels and has a Master of Science in System Leadership and Innovation from the University of Toronto.   

Introducing Dr. Ryan Banach  

Dr. Ryan Banach is the Family Medicine Early Career Supports Lead in the Office of Health System Partnership in the DFCM at the University of Toronto, where he is also an adjunct clinical lecturer. He practices comprehensive family medicine in Toronto and serves as FHO lead. On behalf of the OMA, Dr. Banach presents seminars on billing, office efficiency and career management to Ontario family physicians. He is passionate about practice management and frequently delivers presentations to residents to help them better understand the business side of medicine. Dr Banach is also a former OMA Uninsured Services Committee member and has contributed to developing the OMA's Guide to Third Party and Uninsured Services.