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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

Anxiety in our children: What do they have to worry about anyway?

November 7, 2017

We are recognizing the paradox that some of the traits that make good doctors may also pose risks to physicians’ own well-being. It has become widely known that many physicians struggle with underlying perfectionism and anxiety that can contribute to depression, anxiety disorders, addictions and other mental health conditions. Not surprisingly, many of our colleagues’ children also demonstrate some of these same tendencies.

Our #GOATs are doing great things to promote physician wellness

October 6, 2017

Through the years, the PFSP has been impressed by physicians who support the wellness of colleagues and create a more open, supportive and compassionate culture for Alberta physicians. To acknowledge the work of some of these students, residents and physicians we’ll give you a glimpse of who is doing what on the ground to promote physician wellness. In our eyes, each of these individuals is a #GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).

e-health literacy: Creating our best selves

September 6, 2017

I continue to think about Dr. Gadget’s (AKA: Dr. Wesley Jackson’s) provocative question at the end of his column in the March-April 2017 issue of Alberta Doctors’ Digest: “If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy?” Dr. Jackson was quoting Dr. Robert Waldinger in his 2015 TED Talk about the Harvard Study of Adult Development.

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.

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