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

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.

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.

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!

The AMA's Physician and Family Support Program 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.

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 health sessions

From sponsoring and facilitating education sessions to sponsoring conference and event keynote speakers, PFSP works to help you develop and encourage a healthy culture of medicine with your audience(s).

Physician wellness websites and organizations

The AMA advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness.