DFCM Red Button

Advice for Family Medicine Residents in Emergency or Crisis

What is the "Red Button"? The Red Button is intended as a quick reference for family medicine residents at the University of Toronto who find themselves in an emergency or crisis situation of various kinds. The major scenarios are listed below. Note: The Red Button provides information and links to resources, but does not connect you directly to assistance.

If your health or safety, or the health or safety of someone else, is at risk, please call 911 or seek medical attention right away!

PARO 24 Hour Helpline: 1 866-HELP-DOC (1-866-435-7362)

You can print or email this page using the icons in green just above this text. Your Resident Handbook will also provide advice/information relevant to your local teaching site.

For advice, choose the description below that best fits your situation …

Access Postgraduate Medical Education Policies >

View Family Medicine Residency Guidelines


Resource: Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures, University of Toronto Sexual Harassment Office

Resource: Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, University of Toronto
Phone: 416-978-1259

Resource: Community Safety Office, University of Toronto
Phone: 416-978-1485

Resource: PARO Break the Cycle: Resident Intimidation and Harassment

Resource: Microaggressions and allyship, Faculty of Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity

Resident Wellness Resource Checklist


Key University Program: Office of Resident Wellness, University of Toronto, Postgraduate Medical Education

Resource: PARO 24 Hour Help Line
Phone: 866-HELP-DOC (1-866-435-7362)

Resource: OMA Physician Health Program
Phone: 1-800-851-6606

Resource: Hospital Employee Assistance Program
Contact: Ask site administrator for details

Career Planning:

Resource: PARO Transition to Practice Program 

Resource: Health Force Ontario (HFO) Practice U

Resource: Ontario Physicians Locum Program

Resource: University of Toronto Career Centre