Working together to improve the culture of academic medicine
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) are working together to improve the culture of academic medicine. Thanks to a grant from the Physician Wellness+Initiative, an initiative by Scotiabank, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and MD Financial Management (MD), AFMC and CFMS will work together to address the urgent and ongoing health and wellness needs of physicians and medical learners.
This behavioral change initiative will promote respectful, kind, and compassionate learning, training, and working environments for the health and wellness of all our people and places. This will be one step toward improving equity, diversity, and inclusivity within our healthcare system. This initiative will provide enabling tools and resources that support all training settings as safe spaces, free of racism and mistreatment.
“The goal to permeate and instill a commitment to wellness across all facets of academic medicine. The success of this initiative rests on ensuring all learning, training as well as working environments are included and that learners, faculty members and staff are engaged. We are very pleased to be partnering with the CFMS to on this critical endeavour.”
Dr. Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of AFMC
“The CFMS is honoured to be a collaborator of the Culture of Academic Medicine Campaign. Students have declining levels of well-being while in medical school and can be targets of mistreatment. As such, representing the students and collaborating with national organizations such as AFMC is essential to advocate for system-level changes that will improve student well-being. Through this national campaign, we plan to develop innovative ways to empower students to create positive culture in medicine, foster a community that values and promotes health, and increase collaboration with medical associations across Canada”
Joseph Boyle, Interim-President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students
- In addition to high rates of burnout, the CMA National Physician Health Survey revealed that 34% of Canadian physicians and residents screened positive for depression and 8% had thought of taking their own life within the last year” (https://www.cma.ca/physician-wellness-hub/content/investing-physician-wellness-in-Canada).
- Today in Canada, 43% of final year medical students who responded to the graduation questionnaire in 2020 reported that they had been publicly humiliated at least once during their medical studies (2020 AFMC Graduation Questionnaire – National Report)
- In 2020, a majority of residents (51.6%) reported definitive symptoms of burnout ranging from physical and emotional exhaustion to feeling completely burned out and in need of help or change, a figure similar to the proportion reported in 2018 (51.9%,) (November 2020, National Resident Survey - Summary of Findings).
- Bullying is prevalent in the residency training environment and comes from multiple sources. Nearly two-thirds (64.1%) of residents had experienced bullying in the previous 12 months. (November 2020, National Resident Survey - Summary of Findings)