Since 2018, MDs4Wellness has been a joint committee of NS Division of Family Practice and LGH Medical Staff members with a focus on physician well being through social and educational activities. Starting in 2024, we are hosting a new Well Doc event series, where specific topics pertaining to physician satisfaction, growth, and flourishing are being presented and discussed. The initiative will also be hosting several social events throughout the year such as snowshoeing at Cypress this winter, hiking on the North Shore trails and a (potential) summer beach picnic.
The North Shore Physician Peer Support program offers brief non-clinical support to physicians dealing with work or life-related stressors through trained physician peer supporters.
We have 6 peer supporters who have recently been trained through the support of the Physician Health Program. The goal is to help change the culture of medicine by promoting positive and supportive interactions between peers & colleagues.
Physician Health Program- 24/7 support for physicians and their families
UBC Resident Wellness Resource - Up to date resources on UBC resident wellness
Overcoming Perfectionism - Helpful workbook and informatin sheets to overcome perfectionism
WellMD/Standford University - Resources to help physicians, their partners, and children get help and to learn what works for them
CMA Physician Health and Wellness - Physician Wellness support line and resources
CMPA Wellness - Helpful resources on medical-legal assistance
Behind the Stethoscope Podcast- Connects a cross-section of local physicians of varied backgrounds, specialties, and experience
COVID-19 Wellness Resources
Caring for Yourself – BC Family Doctors
Managing the Impact – Homewood Health
Abbreviated Maslach Burnout Inventory - Learn about the leading measure of burnout
5 Ways To Say No - Valuable resources to learn how to say 'NO'
Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time By: Harvard Business Review - Article about how to manage energy
The Doctor Paradox Podcast- Addresses why despite having incredible meaningful jobs, doctors and increasingly unhappy in their work
Physician Wellness First Podcast- Explores physician well-being, medical education and burnout prevention
Empowering Women Physicians Podcast - Helps physicians set goals and empowers them to take steps towards creating their best lives starting today
The Brave Enough Show Podcast - Each episode is meant to inspire you by discussing how to avoid work/life burnout through community, authenticity and courage
Meditation, Mindfulness and Journaling
Center for Mindfulness - Courses on meditation and mindfulness
Provincial Health Services Mindfulness - Sharing mindfulness resources including helpful videos, mindfulness practice/ medication, websites, apps and local organizations in BC
Healthy Mind Platter - Seven essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well-being
The Happy MD Posdcast - Podcast to help with physician burnout
Headspace App - Gives you the tools and resources to look after you mind.
Breathe by Dr. Jud App - simple but effective one-minute breathing exercises.
Anxiety Canada Mindshift App - evidence-based mental health relief
Performing Arts and Creative Hearts
Just Color – 1,500 free adult colouring pages.
ArtyFactory – free art lessons to improve skills and enjoyment in creating artworks.
For Book Lovers and the Brainy Bunch
The Wellbeing of Medical Relationships- A helpful resource for physicians to refer to for assistance with developing and maintaining healthy, happy personal and professional relationships
Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity By: Dr. Ronald Epstein- Discusses mindfulness and medical pratice written for patients, their families and for doctors
Resilient By: Dr. Rick Hanson - Learn how to develop key inner strengths-- like grit, gratitude, and compassion-- to stay calm, confident, and happy no matter what life throws at you
The Happiness Equation By: Neil Pasricha - Teaches you how to want nothing, do anything and have everything