Resident Wellness

Wellness goes beyond merely the absence of distress and includes being challenged, thriving, and achieving success in various aspects of personal and professional life (Wallace). The Department of Psychiatry strongly encourages residents to find ways to maintain their own health and wellbeing. Residency can be a challenging period of ongoing change, multiple demands, examinations coupled with a lack of experience of how to manage growing responsibilities. Like all physicians, residents face an increased risk of burnout and mental health issues compared to the general population.

Wellness Resources

Psychiatry’s Resident Advisor

Contact the Department of Psychiatry’s Resident Advisor for confidential discussion, advice or involvement. The Resident Advisor works at arm’s length from the postgraduate training program. No one in the department will know that you have contacted the Ombudsperson, or what you have disclosed, without your permission. Please visit the Resident Advisor page.

The Office of Resident Wellness

The Office of Resident Wellness is part of the Department of Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Toronto. It provides the following services

  • Family doctor registry
  • Referrals to GP-psychotherapists
  • Short-term counseling and wellness coaching
  • Support during remediation/academic difficulty
  • Educational programming/wellness workshops

For more information contact (416) 946-3074 or pgwellness@utoronto.ca

Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

The OMA offers various Wellness Resources through their website:

  • Professionals Health Program offers range of direct services to physicians and their family members. Call 1-800-851-6606 for direct access
  • Podcasts on managing stress, resilience and anxiety
  • Mindfulness exercises

EPhysician Health

EPhysicianHealth is interactive multi-media based website that offers surveys, video vignettes/advice, information on burnout, suicide, nutrition, and much more. Information provided is up-to-date and directed towards health professionals. The site also includes a list of resources (i.e., books, articles, online, local resources).

List of Psychiatrists

A list of psychiatrists offering care to residents is available on our student Portal. Residents can access it by logging in and clicking on “Resident Wellness”. The list is available as an Excel file.

Intimidation and Harassment Resources

1. Department Supports

Residents are encouraged to consider chief residents and PRAT representative as supports. Concerns will be addressed in a confidential manner. If the concern involves intimidation and/or Harassment residents are strongly encourage to bring the issue forward to either their staff supervisors, the Program Director, and/or the Committee for Supervisor Evaluation and Support.

2. Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO)

PARO believes that resident intimidation is unacceptable. The PARO-CAHO contract includes policies that protect residents from Intimidation and Harassment. If a resident feels they are being harassed, they can contact the PARO office for information and advice 1.877.979.1183. Calls will remain confidential and the office will not proceed further until you direct them to do so.

References

  1. Cohen J, Patten S. Well-being in residency training: a survey examining physician satisfaction both within and outside of residency training and mental health in Alberta. BMC Medical Education. 2005. 5(21); 1-11.
  2. Dunn PM, Arnetz BB, Christensent JF, Homer L. Meeting the imperative to improve physician well being: assessment of an innovative program. J Gen Intern Med. 2007; 22: 1544–52.
  3. Ishak. Burnout during residency. J Grad Med Educ. 2009. 1(2):236-42.
  4. Frank E, Segura C. Health practices of Canadian Physicians. Can Fam Physician. 2009. 55; 810-811.
  5. Martini S et al. Burnout comparison among resident in different medical specialties. Acad Psychiatry. 2004. 28(3): 240-242.
  6. Physician Health Matters: A mental health strategy for physicians in Canada. Canadian Medical Association. 2010.
  7. Puddester D, Flynn L, Cohen J. (Ed.) CanMEDS Physician Health Guide. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 2009.
  8. Rossi et al. Burnout, compassion fatigue, and compassion satisfaction among staff in community-based mental health services. Psychiatry Res. 2012.
  9. The Future of Medical Education in Canada: Postgraduate Project. The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. 2012
  10. Wallace JE et al. Physician wellness: a missing quality indicator. Lancet. 2009. 374; 1714-21.

Professional Support

PAIRO resident wellbeing committee
http://www.myparo.ca

PARO Helpline 1-866-HELPDOC (1-866-435-7362)

 

 

Back to Top