Physician Health Resources

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The following resources provide personal and workplace health information addressing a variety of subjects applicable and relevant to all stages of your career.

Physician wellness news and events

Battling physician burnout

March 16, 2021

In the March 16 episode of the Canadian Medical Association's podcast "Sound Mind," Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie talks to Dr. Jillian Horton about her book, 'We Are All Perfectly Fine,' a chronicle of how medical culture has harmed physicians, and her own personal journey to overcome burnout.

Our trusted provider of psychological PPE

January 13, 2021

Dr. Sue Reid, Staff Anesthesiologist, Grey Nuns Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, University of Alberta, shares her personal experience with PFSP. She highlights the critical role PFSP has played in her own life and shares the voice of other physicians in Alberta.

The impact of an adverse event in early practice

December 30, 2020

Dr. Marc Cherniwchan (Assessment Physician, Case Coordination Program, AMA PFSP) writes about his experience with a $750,000 lawsuit regarding an adverse event that had occurred during his very first year in practice.

Video: AMA President on physician mental health and PFSP

December 11, 2020

Stress, anxiety, burnout and depression are commonplace among physicians – even before facing a global pandemic. Mental health issues can have devastating consequences on the individual, their family and the profession. AMA President Dr. Paul Boucher discusses physician mental health and accessing peer-to-peer support through PFSP from a province-wide network of highly trained therapists with experience working with physicians and their families.

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

November 27, 2020

View a recording of the webinar, "A Physician's Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope and Recovery with Dr. Adam Hill." Member login required. On October 2, 2020, the AMA's Physician and Family Support program and partners hosted a physician wellness webinar to hear one physician’s story of addiction, depression, hope and recovery. Dr. Adam Hill shared his personal journey and reflections on factors that cause distress in the medical workforce, including the obstacles and barriers preventing mental health treatment and the effect of stigma and stereotyping of mental health and addiction. Through his personal account he helps to reduce the stigma of physician addiction and instill hope about recovery.

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.

Articles and tools

Addiction

Adverse events, complaints and medical-legal litigation

Burnout

LGBTQ2S+

PFSP events

Physicians caring for physicians

Relationships with patients

Stress and fatigue management

Suicide prevention

Physicians in the workplace

Physician wellness websites and organizations

Canadian Association for Physicians with Disabilities

  • Social networking and support for Canadian physicians with disabilities

Canadian Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness

  • View the CMA’s Statement on Physician Health and Wellness, its physician health policy, key issues in physician health and wellness and more.

    • CMA Physician Wellness Hub
      Original CMA content and curated information from other trusted sources for physicians, residents and medical students seeking guidance and wellness self-help. Also included is material for those leading wellness initiatives in institutions or medical departments.

Canadian Medical Protective Association

  • Connecting Canadian member physicians with risk-management training, legal defense and liability protection.

MD Financial Management

  • A financial services firm dedicated exclusively to the financial well-being of Canada’s physicians and their families.

Provincial physician health programs

  • View what all Canadian provinces and territories medical associations offer their physician members.

Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta

Resident Doctors of Canada

  • Resources for Residents, including intimidation and harassment prevention, Crisis resources and debriefing after negative outcomes.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Well Doc Alberta

  • A physician wellness initiative led by Dr. Jane Lemaire that offers training modules to address issues such as nutrition, coping strategies, bio-feedback for stress and resilience. WellDoc Alberta recently released seven Bulletins, five podcasts and three webinars to help physicians cope with the pandemic. All are available on its helpful resources page: 
Bulletins
  1. Nourishing Our Bodies During the Pandemic

  2. Civility and Respect: How We Can Be at Our Best During the Pandemic and Beyond

  3. Sleep Strategies: Helping Physicians Through COVID-19

  4. Grieving the Loss of Normalcy During the Pandemic

  5. Mindfulness for Physicians During the COVID-19

  6. Helping Each Other Through the Pandemic: Providing Informal Physician-to-Physician Peer Support

  7. Physician Wellness During COVID-19: The Basics

Podcasts
  1. Sleep
  2. Wellness on the Front Lines of a Pandemic
  3. Staying Connected: Emotional Connection Amidst Physical Distancing
  4. Empathy & Compassion: Offering What We Can During COVID-19
  5. Self-Awareness: More Important Than Ever
Webinars
  1. The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Test of System-Level Physician Wellness
  2. Physician Wellness: Feeling Distress, Understanding Loss, and Finding Meaning
  3. Parenting as a Physician during COVID-19: Unique Challenges and Strategies

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