Physician Wellness: Feeling Distress, Understanding Loss and Finding Meaning

Maintaining and Optimizing Your Practice During Times of Rapid Change

June 16, 2020

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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.

Learning objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the common human reactions to loss of normalcy as a result of the rapid changes in our lives.
  • Connect the emotions we experience during this time to the construct of grief.
  • Describe strategies to help manage our distress during the various stages of grief.
  • Apply these strategies to move beyond grief with new meaning and purpose.


  • Webinar handout:
    • 3 Stages of Psychological Response to Crisis
    • Emotions - what are you really feeling?
    • Actions you can take at each stage of grief
  • Article: On Death and Dying
    (Kübler-Ross E, Wessler S, Avioli LV. JAMA. 1972;221(2):174–179. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200150040010)


  • Fleur Yumol MSc MSW RSW
    Registered Clinical Social Worker and Managing Director of the Third-Party Service Provider, Physician and Family Support Program, AMA
  • Dr. Terrie Brandon MD CCFP
    Clinical and Program Director, Physician and Family Support Program, AMA
  • Alicia Polachek MA
    Co-Lead and Program Manager, Well Doc Alberta and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Jane Lemaire MD FRCPC
    Physician Lead, Well Doc Alberta and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary

Alberta Medical Association Mission: Advocate for and support Alberta physicians. Strengthen their leadership in the provision of sustainable quality care.