Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice

PHYSICIAN HEALTH & WELLNESS

 

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The Pacific Northwest Division is committed to the health and wellness of our physician members.  The purpose of this page is to act as a repository of resources and wellness tools for physicians, residents, and medical students.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

 

Physician Health Program - 1-800-663-6729  (24 hours)  Access confidential support – anytime you need it. Call the 24-hour helpline for private, discreet assistance with issues that you and your family may be facing.  Peer support available.    


Canadian Medical Association – Physician Wellness Hub - The Hub aims to improve physician wellness individually and at the system level, and to promote a collaborative approach to physician health and well-being. 

The Wellness Connection is a virtual, safe space for physicians and medical learners to gather to discuss shared experiences, get support, seek advice and help each other. 


Doctors of BC – Physician Health & Wellness - Doctors of BC supports physician health and wellness in a number of ways at the system, work group and individual levels. A list of all initiatives supporting physician well-being can be found here.

The new Doctors of BC policy statement on physician burdens calls on health system stakeholders to consider the impact of individual demands that physicians face in the health system. Doctors of BC will use the recommendations in the policy statement to support our work with stakeholders and partners to help ease burdens that are contributing to stress and burnout.

DocTalks is a series of videos and podcasts from Doctors of BC that delve into relevant issues that matter to BC physicians.


BC College of Family Physicians – Resilience & Wellness - provide a list of resources to help overcome the significant stressors you, your loved ones and your patients face, and offer meaningful suggestions that can help you stay resilient. The resources are designed to be viewed and shared online or printed off for your reference.


 Royal College of Physicians of Canada – Wellness Resources - the Royal College has compiled some wellness resources from around the web to support their Fellows who are providing high quality patient care under challenging circumstances.


Northern Health Authority – Health & Wellness - Northern Health Authority provides a list of resources that are safe, confidential, and cover a wide variety of topics.


UBC Resident Wellness - A resource page to support you whether you’re seeking support around stress and time management, looking to improve your communication at work or with loved ones, learning ways to manage moods (depression, anxiety), or dealing with a loss or life transition.


PHSA Wellness Initiatives - A list of useful resources to support physician anxiety and coping strategies. 


ePhysician Health - As a comprehensive, physician wellness online resource, this program helps physicians, and medical students be resilient in their professional and personal lives.


BC Family Docs - CARING FOR YOURSELF DURING COVID-19 - As a family physician on the front lines, responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll. Here are some things you can do to help take care of your physical and mental health.


CMPA - Physician Wellness -  Resources for staying well during COVID-19.  A list of health resources for front-line workers on attending to their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Resident Doctors of BC - COVID-19 RESIDENCY WELLNESS RESOURCES - a list of wellness resources compiled to help you through this period.


Canadian Psychological Association - provides a listing of psychologists who have volunteered to provide psychological services to front line health care providers. The listing of psychologists is organized into province and territory as well as languages spoken.


 

BOOKS, BLOGS, & PODCASTS

 

In this episode of DocTalks, Burnout and COVID-19: Warning signs and when to ac‪t‬, psychiatrist Dr Jennifer Russel and family doctor Dr Lawrence Yang share  their perspectives about how burnout affects doctors, how to recognize it, and what steps to take to minimize the impact. 


The Well-Being of Medical Relationships: Striking a Balance with Your Spouse, Colleagues & Self – by Sara Taylor, BSc, MD, CCFP - this e-book addresses some of the most common challenges physicians and physicians-in-training face in their work and personal relationships.


ATTENDING Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity - by Ronald M. Epstein, M.D. - a book about mindfulness and medical practice written for patients, their families, and for doctors and others providing health care. It is a groundbreaking, intimate exploration of how doctors approach their work with patients.


Behind the Stethoscope - this podcast connects a cross section of local physicians of varied backgrounds, specialties and experience to share stories of personal struggle, success and everything in between.


Physician Wellness First - a podcast for physician well-being, medical education and burnout prevention. 


 

OTHER RESOURCES & LINKS

 

Complimentary Remote Forest Therapy sessions for BC family physicians - The BC Parks Foundation is partnering with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides to offer Remote Forest Therapy sessions to BC family physicians in January 2021 so that you can get some stress relief and experience the benefits of nature yourself. 


Given the popularity of the course on Finding and Creating Joy in Work(link is external) among the participants over the last couple of years, the Specialist Services(link is external) and Shared Care(link is external) Committees via their Physician Leadership Scholarship(link is external) are once again sponsoring (covering the tuition costs of) specialists and family physicians in BC to participate in the course. This 12-week online course is being offered by the Institute for Health Care Improvement. Read about Dr Lawrence Yang and Dr Daisy Dulay’s experience of the course here.

To register, please follow the below steps:

1. Register for the course in this link(link is external)

2. Fill out this application form(link is external) and email it to View Email Address along with your receipt to claim your tuition fee. (VP of medicine's signature is NOT a requirement) 

The next cohort starts September 14, 2021 and runs for 12 weeks.