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CMA Launches Physician Wellness Hub: A New Online Portal for Wellness Tools and Resources

Dr. Alistair MacDonald was still in medical school when his depression first took hold.

“I’m usually a very extroverted person but I chose to just study in the library and isolate myself,” recalled Dr. MacDonald. “I didn’t know what was going on – I thought I was just tired all the time.” By the end of that year, he had left medical school. “I had no plans of going back, I blamed medical school for my depression.” Yet with treatment, support and help from a psychiatrist, Dr. MacDonald eventually returned to medicine. Today, he is completing his residency and speaks freely about his own wellness.

“The more I researched mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety, the more I realized how common it was in medicine and I began to be more open about it,” said Dr. MacDonald.

In recent years there has been an ongoing shift in attitudes and awareness about physician wellness. More and more physicians are speaking publicly about their wellness struggles, helping to minimize the stigma and fear that made the issue difficult to address openly. There is also a growing body of evidence documenting wellness challenges in the medical profession; in the CMA’s 2017 National Physician Health survey, nearly one-third of physicians reported high levels of burnout.

It was this evidence of need – coupled with a new awareness – that spurred the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to create the CMA Physician Wellness Hub.

The Hub is a searchable, online database featuring hundreds of practical resources, tools and research on burnout, conflict management, depression, stigma, self care and more. Created and curated by wellness experts, the Hub aims to improve physician wellness at the individual and system level. Covering everything from the day-to-day strategies physicians can use to build resilience to how to start an institutional wellness program, the Hub provides physicians, medical learners and leaders with the tools they need to promote and prioritize wellness.

Accessible to all, the Hub’s goal is to drive change in medical culture, and promote health and wellness in the medical profession for the benefit of practitioners, the health system and all Canadians.

For more information and to access the CMA Physician Wellness Hub, visit www.cma.ca/wellness.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 at 8:32 am and is filed under Longwoods Online.