Report on Mental Health Activities
The AFMC is pleased to provide a Report on the Mental Health Activities and discussions held over the period of April 28 2018 to May 1 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a result of these activities and an analysis of the reports, feedback and evaluations, the recommendations of the AFMC Board are to:
- 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.
We are pleased to report that Dr. Leslie Flynn (Vice Dean, Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University) and Dr. Cathy Vardy, (Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University) have agreed to co-chair the AFMC Faculty Wellness Working Group which will begin its work in November 2018.