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

Hope and Healing after Trauma - Reflections for Physicians by General Roméo Dallaire

June 7, 2022

Please note that the session will not be recorded. Alberta’s physicians at every career stage are suffering with occupational stress injury that has physical, ethical and moral dimensions, in an environment of extenuating and difficult circumstances. This live virtual 90-minute keynote session with General Roméo Dallaire will offer physicians in any career stage, hope, connection, and inspiration for healing.

Honouring and Healing our Burden of Grief and Loss

May 25, 2022

A 90-minute session looking at grief and loss (the relevance, obstacles, sources and consequences) with discussion and guidance through one way to reduce suffering and enhance well-being. This session will be led by Dr. Ieleen Taylor, MD CCFM.

The wounded healer

March 21, 2022

Dr. Ghazala Radwi's father died in the fall of 2021, following 20 weeks in ICU (not COVID related). "I have few words that can describe the magnitude of my grief through the many weeks of seeing my father suffer with numerous nosocomial complications as we navigated a health care system that had been stretched beyond its limits, weighed down by compassion fatigue."

PFSP Perspectives: The trouble with death - a poem

March 21, 2022

A poem by Dr. Jim Malmberg, a retired psychiatrist: The trouble with death is the mystery; The trouble with death is love’s letting go; Photographs and history; All that’s left; and that’s all we know...

Virtual Resident Wellness Conference 2021

November 4, 2021

On November 4, 2021, In collaboration with the University of Alberta’s Office of Advocacy and Wellbeing and Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta, the AMA's Physician and Family Support Program held the Resident Wellness Conference (RWC) 2021. View the schedule for RWC 2021's morning and afternoon sessions as well as descriptions of each offering.

Moral Dilemmas: Reflecting on Physicians' Experiences and Approaches

July 2, 2021

June 23, 2021 webinar: Physicians may experience moral distress as a consequence of moral dilemmas commonly faced in health care, and more so during the pandemic. This session provides an opportunity to consider the moral dilemmas faced by physicians, discuss the construct of moral distress with a panel of experts and learn approaches for dealing with moral dilemmas and their consequences at the organizational and personal level.

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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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