DFCM Red Button

Information and Resources for Family Medicine Residents in Crisis or Requiring Additional Support

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.

Please feel free to save, print and email this page. Your Resident Handbook will also provide advice and information relevant to your local teaching site.

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

Access Postgraduate Medical Education Policies 

View the Family Medicine Residency Guidelines

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


Learner Mistreatment Resources:

Resource: PGME policies and guidelines

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 Learner Affairs, University of Toronto, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

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