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Peer Support Team

Our members are our most valuable assets. The Department of Medicine recognizes this and believes that members should be supported through difficult times.

Who are We?

We are a group of formally trained Peer Support Team (PST) members available as a resource for our colleagues. We aim to be supportive listeners, act as a liaison for outside resources (i.e., professional services), and ensure safety.

Why are We Here?

The practice of medicine may be rewarding but may also at times be challenging. At some point, you may feel the need to seek support from a colleague. This may arise from any number of different situations, including imbalance between work and personal life; involvement in an adverse event, where a patient suffered serious or fatal harm; perceived inequity within the workplace; personal conflicts at home or at work; financial concerns; professionalism matters; or career-tract indecision.

How Does it Work?

We encourage you to bring forth any issue at any time. A list of Peer Support Team members is provided. You may contact any person on the list by cell phone or email and set up a time to talk. We take confidentiality seriously. The conversations you have with PST members will be held in strict confidence. This commitment to confidentiality would only be limited if your PST member perceived immediate safety concerns for you and/or others.

Additional Resources

Alberta Health Services

Employee & Family Support Program: 1-877-273-3131

Resilience, Wellness and Mental Health Resource Guide

COVID-19 EFAP Support Menu

Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642

Alberta Medical Association Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP)

Physician & Family Support Program

24 hour crisis line 1-877-SOS-4MDS (767-4637), confidential 24/7/365

Distress Centre

Distress Centre

24 hour Crisis Helpline 403-266-HELP (4357), and/or Crisis Chat (on website)

Office of Professionalism, Equity, and Diversity

Contact: Dr. Pamela Chu

Confidential Email: oped@ucalgary.ca | Direct Line: 403-210-6703 | OPED Office: 403-210-6424

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Calgary Region: 403-297-1700
Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) 1-800-267-6522 | https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/en/home
University of Calgary

Staff Wellness Center

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CSM Staff Wellness

CSM Resident Affairs and Physician Wellness: 403-210-6525 | residentwellness@ucalgary.ca