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Physician Wellness

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Physician Wellness

It is estimated about half of Canadian physicians and medical trainees are burned out, with rates ranging as high as 75%, depending on the study.

In 2018, AFMC held consultations at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education with leaders and learners about physician burnout and the strategies to build resiliency among medical students, residents and faculty in medical schools. A report was published and recommendations were identified including:

Establish a working group of leads from the Committee on Student Affairs and the Networks including Faculty Affairs, PG Affairs, Physician Health and Wellbeing, Professionalism and Faculty Development, to develop a compendium of best practices in supporting wellness amongst physicians, identifying programs and structures at each medical school to report back to the AFMC Board;
Liaise with the other national medical organizations developing competencies and curricula in the area of physician health (CMA, RC, CFPC, CMPA, RDoC, CFMS, FMRQ, FMEQ) to promote their work at the medical schools and on the AFMC website;
Continue its commitment to faculty and student wellness as a key focus in supporting the Faculties of Medicine;
Support health human resource workforce planning that meets Canada’s mental health needs.

AFMC Wellness Working Group

The AFMC Wellness Working Group was established by the Board of the Association of the Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). The aim was to establish a working group consisting of leads from the relevant AFMC Committees and Networks to develop a compendium of best practices to support wellness amongst physicians including medical learners, graduate students and faculty members.

The working group was charged with the task of identifying programs and structures that should be included at each Faculty of Medicine to support students, residents, fellows, graduate students and faculty members.