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 assistance in dying

July 15, 2017

The passing of Bill C-14 initiated a sea change in the practice of medicine. In our training, we prepared to relieve suffering and preserve life. That we are now expected to participate in ending life is unsettling to many physicians, even to some who support the concept.

Managing fatigue, relationships and digital technology

April 24, 2017

Late in 2016, the last physician with burnout was identified and treated – about 30 years after the term “physician health” was coined. It looked at first like a career change might be necessary, but the doctor responded well to a novel combination of drugs, talk therapy and Alberta Health Services workplace modifications. That doctor is, for the most part, happily back at work. The medical profession breathed a sigh of relief, and now the spotlight has shifted away from physician health back to sick patients.

Wellness for women physicians

February 16, 2017

Dr. Amber Fripp, a practicing general internal medicine specialist in Calgary, is an advocate of taking ownership of a healthy lifestyle. She has a passion for fitness and an interest in promoting health and wellness amongst her colleagues.

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.

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The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.