Physician health and wellness

  • 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 experience

    Two weeks of self-isolation: a physician's 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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  • To de-stress or distress: making well-being a priority in med school

    To de-stress or distress: making well-being a priority in med school

    It’s never too early to focus on burnout prevention. Medical students experience many challenges that can threaten their mental health, impact their studies and affect their future careers.

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  • Tackling burnout: Steps to rekindle your inner flame

    Tackling burnout: Steps to rekindle your inner flame

    It's about more than just resilience.

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  • Burnout triggers: What’s outside, what’s inside and what’s unavoidable?

    Burnout triggers: What’s outside, what’s inside and what’s unavoidable?

    It's not the destination you thought you were headed for: so drained by the drive to learn, to qualify, to deliver care, you can’t summon up a drop of emotional energy. This is burnout.

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  • 6 techniques to calm a busy brain: mindfulness in a crowded life

    6 techniques to calm a busy brain: mindfulness in a crowded life

    The impact of stress on doctors and learners is very real. Mindfulness can help—but how do you get started?

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  • Does this ancient tradition have a role in 21st century health care?

    Does this ancient tradition have a role in 21st century health care?

    The short answer: yes. For doctors, it can improve communication and remove the mental clutter that gets in the way of both empathy and open-minded diagnosis.

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  • Can coaching help doctors and residents tackle burnout?

    Can coaching help doctors and residents tackle burnout?

    Dr. Mamta Gautam shares what sparked her interest in physician health and wellness, how coaching can prevent burnout as well as powerful stories sure to change your perception of mental health.

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  • Burnout at your fingertips

    Burnout at your fingertips

    Electronic health records were supposed to be the miracle cure for every shortcoming in Canadian health care, but no one predicted the toll it would take on physicians.

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