Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP)
International: 403.237.0623 (you may call collect)
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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.
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If you, a family member or a colleague need assistance, contact the Physician and Family Support Program, speak to an assessment physician and get help now.
Physician Health Resources
Visit the links below to access personal and workplace health information for all stages of your career, sorted by subject.
New to the Physician and Family Support Program? Want to know more about the process or what to expect when calling in? Watch our series of short informative videos.
PFSP News provides informative and enlightening articles, updates on recent and future events and conferences and tips and information on the latest workplace resources.
Click here to read the Physician and Family Support Program Annual Report (members, log in).
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.