Physician burnout is a significant challenge for the health care system, affecting the quality of patient care and the well-being of medical learners and physicians. This self-guided learning on health and wellness introduces core concepts and provides a common language and framework to understand, assess and improve physician wellness.

Foundations of Physician Wellness

Featuring national and international experts in physician health, this interactive course will take you through key wellness concepts, organizational factors that contribute to burnout, and evidence-based findings on the interventions shown to protect against burnout and foster well-being.

This course is open to all physicians and medical learners, and is:

  • Online, self-led
  • 30 minutes
  • Accredited
  • No fee

Please note you must create a account to register and access the learning portal; a CMA membership is not required.

Coping during COVID-19: expert webinar series

Coping during COVID-19, a learning series hosted by  Dr. Jillian Horton, is intended to provide expert support and guidance to help physicians and medical learners manage the stresses of the pandemic.


Managing isolation and building resilience

Length: 25:16

Dr. Bob Thirsk

Many front-line physicians are self-isolating to avoid potential infection of their families and colleagues. Former Canadian Space Station astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk will share approaches used by the Canadian Space Agency for dealing with isolation during high-stress situations.

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Maintaining high performance in times of stress

Length: 27:49

Jason Brooks

Join us for a conversation with Jason Brooks, a performance psychologist who works with physicians, to learn some ways physicians can sustain their energy − both mentally and physically − during times of crisis.

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Running on empty: Staying healthy during difficult times

Length: 20:51

Maryam Hamidi

As a member of the Stanford Medicine WellMD & WellPhD Center team, Maryam Hamidi leads initiatives that promote well-being and a culture of wellness. She will share practical tips on how to manage nutrition and sleep during times of high stress and heavy workload.

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Moral distress: When core values are at stake

Length: 29:26

Roméo Dallaire

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians may be faced with overwhelmingly difficult decisions. Retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire will share his perspective on how to approach moral distress in times of crisis and strategies he used in his military career to protect his core values.

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Grief and loss: lessons from a war zone

Length: 30:32

Roméo Dallaire

As hospitals become flooded with critically ill patients, health care professionals are witnessing extreme levels of loss and grief. In part two of a conversation with Retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, he will reflect on his war zone experience and what he learned about surviving suffering.

Building resilience in times of uncertainty

Length: 28:43

Dr. Ron Epstein

Grounding his work in academic theory, mindfulness expert Dr. Ron Epstein will explore how mindfulness practice can be used by physicians to manage stress and build resilience in times of uncertainty.

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Keeping children safe

Length: 19:53

Dr. Jared Bullard

Dr. Jared Bullard, paediatrician and infectious disease expert, will share advice on discussing COVID-19 with children, reducing their anxiety, and tips on helping them safe and healthy.

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Preparing for the unknown: mental readiness lessons from the military

Length: 23:27

Dr. Stephanie Smith

Building on her crisis care experience in the Canadian Forces, resident Dr. Stephanie Smith will explain the mental readiness model she learned in the military, and how it can be used to manage the stressors facing physicians today. 

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Compassionate leadership in times of crisis

Length: 17:01

Michael West

COVID-19 has upended health systems around the world. Organizational psychologist Michael West will explain the principles of compassionate leadership, and how medical leaders can use this model to overcome some of the hurdles they’re facing.

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

Length: 27:46

Dr. Michael Kaufmann

In times of high stress, it can be difficult to remember what “normal” feels like. A specialist in addiction medicine and physician wellness, Dr. Michael Kaufmann shares strategies for recognizing our own vulnerability, red flags and risk factors and when they can lead to problematic behaviours.   

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