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Well-being Program for Physicians-in-training

The Well-being Program for Physicians-in-Training will meet the physical, emotional, personal and academic/career needs of residents and fellows, within the Faculty of Medicine. This will be accomplished in a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment, at arm’s length from the Postgraduate Medical Education Vice-Dean’s office. Confidentiality and discretion is guaranteed.

The Faculty Wellness Program Director can also be contacted at 613-562-5211.

Program Description and Specific Objectives

A trainee’s well-being is an essential part of our postgraduate training programs. While programs and the Faculty are dedicated to promoting good health and addressing problems, if and when they arise, there is an assumption that the trainee and his or her colleagues also bear responsibility to address this problem with the highest priority. Recognizing all of the potential challenges to maintaining one’s emotional and physical well-being, there is a greater onus upon us to work towards our own health as we would do for our patients. 

The preceding sets out a series of policies and procedures as they pertain to the maintenance and management of well-being in our postgraduate trainees, yet should there be additional questions or concerns, residents and fellows are always encouraged to be in touch with the Faculty Wellness office or the Postgraduate Medical Education office. 

In addition if residents must undergo leaves we recommend reviewing the PARO Contract Leaves sheet for further information. 

A word from the Vice-Dean

To: All Residents and Fellows 

From: Dr. Melissa Forgie, MD, FRCPC, MSc, ICD.D
Vice-Dean, PGME Interim
Postgraduate Medical Education 

Subject: Well-being Program for Physicians-in-training 

This program is designed to assist you as a resident or fellow in preventing and managing personal, medical or academic problems if and when they may arise. 

I cannot stress to you the importance of reading through this document in detail at this time; issues such as needle stick procedures and management of emotional difficulties are best understood well in advance of any potential event. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at 613-562-5413 if you encounter any academic difficulties or with your well-being in general.

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