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Tips for Staying Human During Residency Training - Part 2
Dr. Allan Peterkin's Staying Human During Residency Training: How to Survive and Thrive after Medical School was recently released in its 6th edition. It is the ultimate survival guide for medical students, interns, residents, and fellows, providing time-tested advice and the latest information on every aspect of a residents life from choosing a residency program, to coping with stress, enhancing self-care, and protecting personal and professional relationships. For this 3 part series, Dr. Peterkin has provided us with tips from his book, and information on why they are important.

December Round-Up
Here is a recap of what went on at UTP in the month of December.

UTP Books on "The Hill Times List of Best Books in 2016"
If any of you are readers of The Hill Times you will know that every year they do a feature on the best book of the year. This year, we were thrilled and honoured to see that of the 100 books listed, 24 of them were University of Toronto Press titles! It is wonderful to be listed so often and to be in the company of the other notable presses that can be found on the list.

Career Opportunity

Position: HR Specialist
Posted: January 9, 2017
Location: Yonge & Bloor area
Appointment Type: Full time, salaried

HR Specialist
The University of Toronto Press (UTP) is looking for an HR Specialist who will be responsible for supporting the successful implementation of our new HRMS and then optimize and maintain it. In addition, the successful candidate will participate in special project work and provide general HR support. If you are a team player who is highly analytical, process and detailed oriented, customer focused and has a strong understanding of HRMS – we’d like to hear from you!

Key Responsibilities:
• Support the successful implementation of the new HRMS. Including: managing the project plan, help with defining new HR processes, project management, collecting and acting on stakeholder feedback, supporting the establishment and implementation of a change management plan, developing communication messages and tools, generating project status reports, testing and providing new user training
• Once the HRMS is up and running, manage it by identifying and recommending practical solutions aimed at improving operational efficiency and effectiveness and take the lead on reporting and analytics
• HR Generalist work: Support compensation process, employee development, employee relations, performance management, full cycle recruitment, employment policy interpretation and documentation, and development of communication materials
• Participate in HR special projects, for example: development of employee value proposition, values and culture work, talent assessments, facilitation of team development exercises, employee retention and engagement initiatives, deployment of employee survey


• Minimum 4 years work experience in a HR Analyst and/or HR Generalist role
• Prior HRMS project implementation and payroll experience is an asset
• University degree in relevant discipline and HR designation preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience


• Knowledge of HR processes including the employee lifecycle and rewards. Must be hands-on and enjoy being in the detail of the project and technology
• Demonstrated project management and facilitation skills
• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills with ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the organization, understand user needs, and offer suggestions to address their requests
• Results driven, self-starter
• Strong writing skills.  Experience in creating system and process documentation is a definite asset
• Intellectual curiosity is highly valued. Strong critical and analytic thinking skills and ability to diagnose and solve problems
• Proven ability to maintain high standards relating to discretion and confidentiality
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Demonstrated knowledge of change management
• Superior time management skills; strong ability to prioritize and ensure that he/she is on track to follow through on deliverables in a timely manner without the need for manager follow-up
• Superior Excel skills including the ability to use advanced functions. Strong skills in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Demonstrated competence with databases/information systems and compiling and analyzing HR data is an asset

Send your resume with a covering letter by January 27, 2017 to: hr@utpress.utoronto.ca. Please indicate “HR Specialist” in the subject line and your salary expectations in the covering letter. We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.