Dr. Albuquerque has a specific interest on the impact of stress on psychiatric conditions and quality of life. She actively works in the field of risk management of psychiatric conditions among practicing physicians. She is interested in the tension inherent to a self-governed profession that must navigate between public safety and the privacy of individual physicians who are experiencing mental distress.
Dr. Joy Albuquerque completed her medical training in Manitoba then worked as a general practitioner for a few years prior to specializing psychiatry, completing her FRCP training in Ottawa 1997. With a longstanding interest in mental health advocacy, she chose to round out her education through graduate training in philosophy (MA 2007). Dr. Albuquerque joined the OMA’s physician health program as Associate Medical Director in 2004, where her role has evolved beyond the management of mental health conditions to expertise in the field of risk management of physicians and their work. She also contributes regularly to medical education events dealing with topics of physician health, burnout and resilience. Dr. Albuquerque has worked for years in general practice informed by trauma-focused therapies and currently works part-time in the department of psychiatry at St. Michael’s Hospital.