Physician and Family Support Program

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The Physician and Family Support Program 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. Download our program info-sheets.

I need help now

Physicians, residents and medical students need to be able to voluntarily seek help with the assurance of confidentiality. Working with PFSP is one way to ensure that difficulties can be identified and mitigated before a crisis or concern about patient safety arises.

Physician Health Resources

Visit the links below to access personal and workplace health information for all stages of your career, sorted by subject.

PFSP Services

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.

Substance use disorder

What is substance use disorder (SUD) and how can the Alberta Medical Association's Physician and Family Support Program help Alberta physicians? PFSP and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta have partnered with Dr. Teresa Eliasson to create a video to educate physicians about SUD: what it is, how to identify it and where to seek help.

Dr. Marnie Hinton Resident Award for Physician Wellness

The Dr. Marnie Hinton Award for Resident Physician Health, jointly sponsored by the Alberta Medical Association’s Physician and Family Support Program and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, is awarded annually to medical residents who have demonstrated an interest in physician health.

Physician Wellness #GOAT

Physician Wellness #GOAT is a PFSP initiative that celebrates physicians supporting colleague wellness and who create a more open, supportive and compassionate culture for Alberta physicians.

PFSP e-book

The PFSP e-book – The Well-Being of Medical Relationships: Striking a Balance with Your Spouse, Colleagues & Self – by Sara Taylor, BSc, MD, CCFP – is a helpful resource for physicians to refer to for assistance with developing and maintaining healthy, happy personal and professional relationships.

Physician and Family Support Program Update

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Physician wellness news and events

Understanding and processing our grief when a colleague dies

August 18, 2020

Dr. Jane Loehr, Calgary Family Physician and PFSP Assessment Physician, and Fleur Yumol, unify consulting managing director and MSc., MSW, RSW, discuss the personal impact of the tragic loss of a colleague and how your own personal grief might manifest.

A Physician's Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope and Recovery with Dr. Adam Hill

October 2, 2020

Save the date to join us virtually! Dr. Adam Hill will discuss the stigma/stereotypes of mental health and addiction in medicine as well as the obstacles/barriers that tend to stand in our way to seeking treatment.

Physician Wellness: Feeling Distress, Understanding Loss and Finding Meaning

June 16, 2020

On June 16, the AMA, PFSP collaborated with Well Doc Alberta to host a physician wellness webinar, as an opportunity for physicians to consider and better understand their distress during these times. Along with knowledge expert Fleur Yumol, the webinar co-facilitators guide viewers through short pauses for self-reflection. This webinar is designed for physicians to enhance literacy and self-reflection about their wellness during times of rapid change, however, family members are encouraged to join.

We’re here with you and for you!

April 8, 2020

PFSP acknowledges the uncertainty, insecurity and frustration physicians are feeling due to the COVID-19 pandemic in combination with the implementation of the funding framework. As always, your well-being and health is our top concern. We have curated this list of resources about to help you with attending to your wellness.

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