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!

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


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

Your Resident Handbook will also provide advice/information relevant to your local teaching site.
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    "I've been exposed to blood or body fluids (e.g. needle-stick injury)."

    "I am worried about my performance on the Family Medicine Mandatory Assessment of Progress (FM-MAP) test."

    "I am experiencing a personal crisis."

    "I feel threatened or harassed."

    "There has been a death in my family."

    "I am too ill to go in today."

    "I have a longer-term illness."

    "I am concerned about my personal safety in certain patient encounter situations."

    "I am concerned about travelling between training sites."

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