Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP)

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The Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP) provides confidential support and help with personal health issues and enhances the quality of patient care and public safety by promoting health and well-being for the medical profession that cares for all Albertans.

PFSP announcements

Medical professionalism and social media: Danger or opportunity?

January 19, 2017

Social media offers the opportunity for the medical profession to connect with society in another meaningful way. Social media is so pervasive today the question is no longer whether physicians will participate but rather how they can best use social media to advance the health of the public.

Our humanity is more powerful than our expertise

November 30, 2016

I spoke to 20 individuals during a recent week taking calls on the Physician and Family Support Program help line (1.877.767.4637).Two recurring themes emerged that particular week: Stress, interwoven with anxiety and depression, and career dissatisfaction, both early and mid-career.

PFSP Perspectives

September 30, 2016

Why is suicide more common among physicians than the general population? The statistics around physician suicide are undeniable. Each year in the United States, 300-400 physicians commit suicide. The rate in male and female physicians is 40% and 130% higher than in men and women in general, respectively.

New resource: PFSP relationship e-book

September 23, 2016

The new PFSP e-book – The Well-Being of Medical Relationships: Striking a Balance with Your Spouse, Colleagues & Self – by Sara Taylor, BSc, MD, CCFP – is available online (at no charge), for reading and downloading.

How is the nature of our care affected by the mode of communication we use?

July 27, 2016

A friend and colleague told me recently he received a text from his family doctor confirming his suspected cancer diagnosis. My friend said he was OK receiving that news by text. It was immediate and direct...

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