Protect your health

It is never too early in your career to learn the value of caring for yourself in order to care for others.

As a member of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA), you have access to resources to help you:

Physician and Family Support Program

The Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP) is your single point of access for confidential support and help with personal health issues.

You and your immediate family members (spouse/partner, dependent children) may contact PFSP toll-free 1.877.767.4637, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. PFSP will cover the cost of up to six counseling hours for you over a 12-month period, and up to an additional six hours total per family.

PFSP provides support and referral to services for:

  • Family and relationship issues.

  • Career and work concerns, including adverse events, complaints and medical/ legal litigation.

  • Stress, anxiety, other mental health issues and psychiatric disorders.

  • Substance use disorders.

  • Concern for a colleague.

Learn more about PFSP

Work/life balance and managing time

One of the most challenging aspects of residency is the long hours and on-call schedule. Managing your time effectively, dealing with fatigue and finding a balance between work and down time is vital to maintaining your health and well-being during this period of your career.

PFSP has a number of resources to help you maintain that work/life balance. This will serve you well through residency and throughout your career.

Get more information on PFSP education sessions

Annual Resident Wellness Conferences (RWC)

In 2015 PFSP worked with the universities to find more effective ways of offering physician wellness information to residents in Alberta. Rather than responding to individual ad hoc requests, as was the previous approach, it was decided an annual conference format could improve the scope and focus while improving stewardship of resources. Learn more.

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