Physician health and wellness

  • Culture change: How one hospital scaled up their wellness program during COVID-19

    Culture change: How one hospital scaled up their wellness program during COVID-19

    Dr. Mary Elliott and her team had 5 months to develop and implement the BRITE resiliency program for hospital staff. She explains her success and how it has helped them better cope with the pandemic.

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  • Let’s make physician wellness a priority. The CMA Physician Wellness Hub is a curated collection of wellness tools & resources vetted by experts.

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  • Taking stock during times of high stress: risk factors and red flags

    Taking stock during times of high stress: risk factors and red flags

    Health care professionals have been facing intense uncertainty and demand due to the pandemic, making it tough to see personal wellness risks. Dr. Michael Kaufmann shares red flags to look out for.

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  • On wellness in medicine: physician says times have changed, but stigma still exists

    On wellness in medicine: physician says times have changed, but stigma still exists

    Most physicians will say medicine was their calling, but it's tough on the body and mind. Dr. Jillian Horton says it’s time to confront professional prejudices with mental health.

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  • Preparing for the unknown: mental readiness lessons from the military

    Preparing for the unknown: mental readiness lessons from the military

    First-year resident Dr. Stephanie Smith explains STRIVE, the mental readiness model she learned in the military, and how physicians can use it to deal with pressures from the pandemic.

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  • A clinician’s guide: how to manage morally distressing situations

    A clinician’s guide: how to manage morally distressing situations

    While you can’t avoid every situation that causes moral distress, there are strategies to decrease their impact on your well-being and help you feel more in control when these feelings resurface.

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  • Moral distress and COVID-19: how to recognize and cope with it

    Moral distress and COVID-19: how to recognize and cope with it

    The COVID-19 pandemic can cause ethically complex scenarios for physicians. Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie shares tips on how to recognize moral distress and suggests some coping strategies.

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  • The Wellness Connection is a safe space where physicians and medical learners can get peer support online.

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  • “We are really anxious”: how virtual peer networks provide a safe space for physicians during COVID-19

    “We are really anxious”: how virtual peer networks provide a safe space for physicians during COVID-19

    At the outset of the pandemic, psychiatrist Dr. Mamta Gautam was one of the first to set up a daily video call for Canadian physicians. Here's how she did it and why it’s proving to be valuable.

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  • For physician parents: helping children understand risks and reduce fears

    For physician parents: helping children understand risks and reduce fears

    Dr. Jared Bullard shares his advice on discussing COVID-19 with children, reducing their anxiety and tips to help them stay safe and healthy.

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  • How to build resilience in uncertain times

    How to build resilience in uncertain times

    Grounding his work in academic theory, Dr. Ron Epstein explains how physicians can use mindfulness to manage stress and build resilience in times of uncertainty.

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  • The walking wounded: supporting physicians after the COVID-19 crisis

    The walking wounded: supporting physicians after the COVID-19 crisis

    Many frontline workers are coping with difficult moral decisions during COVID-19. Based on his experience in Rwanda, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire provides insights into managing the risk of PTSD.

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  • Running on empty: how to fuel your body and mind for challenging times

    Running on empty: how to fuel your body and mind for challenging times

    How should you tend to your well-being during times of high stress and heavy workload? Maryam Hamidi shares practical tips to support your health through nutrition, hydration and sleep.

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  • “Talk to your fears”: strategies to manage stress during the COVID-19 pandemic

    “Talk to your fears”: strategies to manage stress during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Physicians are experiencing higher levels of stress over their personal safety and professional duties. Performance psychologist Jason Brooks lays out clear steps to get ahead of fear and stay focused

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  • How leaders can support team resilience in a pandemic

    How leaders can support team resilience in a pandemic

    As a leader, you’re in the best position to foster a more resilient work culture for your staff. And there’s no better time to do it than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's why.

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  • Back to an empty office: a physician’s COVID-19 experience

    Back to an empty office: a physician’s COVID-19 experience

    After two weeks of isolation, Dr. Ann Collins returns to her family practice in Fredericton, NB. Only, it’s much different than when she left it.

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  • Lessons from an astronaut: how to stay resilient in isolation

    Lessons from an astronaut: how to stay resilient in isolation

    Many frontline health care workers are self-isolating to avoid infecting family, friends and colleagues with COVID-19. Dr. Robert Thirsk shares what he learned as an astronaut to manage isolation.

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  • A clinician’s guide: managing COVID-19 stress and anxiety

    A clinician’s guide: managing COVID-19 stress and anxiety

    These days, it may feel like you’re running a marathon, except you don’t know the distance, the route is unpredictable and you have no way to judge if you’re fit enough to finish.

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  • How to talk to your kids about COVID-19: Considerations for health care providers

    How to talk to your kids about COVID-19: Considerations for health care providers

    Talking with children about dangerous or scary situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for all parents. A clinical psychologist shares considerations for those on the front lines.

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  • Two weeks of self-isolation: a physician's COVID-19 experience

    Two weeks of self-isolation: a physician's COVID-19 experience

    When Dr. Ann Collins and her husband went to Florida in late February, they had no idea they would be returning home to the COVID-19 pandemic and two weeks of self-isolation. Here’s how it went.

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  • On overcoming imposter syndrome: a personal take

    On overcoming imposter syndrome: a personal take

    Being a leader can be tough at the best of times. When faced with discrimination as the only black medical student in her class, Chika Stacy Oriuwa stood up and made her voice louder.

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  • From one doctor to another: here’s what you can do about burnout

    From one doctor to another: here’s what you can do about burnout

    Burnout is not solely related to personal resilience. Here’s what you can do individually and at an institution level. Dr. Duncan Rozario also shares what he has done to battle burnout.

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