Health & Wellness

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to health and wellness, and offers various resources to help our members achieve optimal wellbeing. 

Available Health & Wellness Resources

Members, staff and trainees within the Department of Pediatrics have access to numerous health and wellness resources.

Deputy Head Professional Affairs: Dr. Sarah Hall. Available for discussion, exploration of available resources and options for matters related to workplace wellness and career development.

Career Coaching and Leadership Development: Available by request.

 

The Alberta Children's Hospital Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) is a confidential process designed to help those involved in a critical incident to share their experiences, learn about stress reactions and symptoms and be referred for more help, if necessary.

A strong multi-disciplinary group of facilitators - including physicians, social workers and spiritual care advisors from clinical areas across ACH - support staff’s emotional health.

CISM can be activated at any time by paging 13980 on the regional paging system. You can also contact the team via email cal.ach.cism@ahs.ca. The coordinator of the program, Renee Kampman, can be reached at 403-955-7068.

  • All faculty are eligible for services through the contracted agency Homewood Health. To access online resources go to www.homeweb.ca  and create an account, using University of Calgary as your organization name. Homewood Health provides counselling and coaching services for a variety of life balance and health issues including parenting, elder and family care, weight management, financial, legal, and career planning.
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure (https://www.ucalgary.ca/equity-diversity-inclusion) supports and aligns with the University of Calgary’s Eyes High Strategy and Human Resources’ Respect in the Workplace Program through:
    • Upholding and facilitating the university campus as a place for creative, respectful, constructive debate or dialogue about controversial issues in a safe environment; supporting healthy conflict
    • Fostering the understanding of different points of view
    • Fostering a community of change makers
    • Supporting the development of future leaders able to work effectively in a pluralistic society by acquiring intercultural competence
    • Developing an integrated strategic plan to continue building a welcoming and inclusive campus community
    • Ensuring each individual feels valued for his or her skills, abilities and contributions
    • Providing a centralized resource for diversity and inclusion information/resources and to link related initiatives/programs across campus
    • Providing a safe and confidential space for individuals to discuss protected disclosure matters, e.g., breaches of ethical conduct including alleged breaches of research integrity; (sexual) harassment, and/or discrimination.

The Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP) provides confidential support and help with personal health issues. The service is completely confidential and available 24 hours a day.

For more information, visit: https://www.albertadoctors.org/services/pfsp/i-need-help-now

AHS has a variety of online tools, including a series of 1 hour webinars related to health and wellness. 

For more information, visit: http://insite.albertahealthservices.ca/2967.asp

As physicians, we know practicing medicine is often stressful. Increasing practice demands and ever-evolving societal expectations can generate intense pressure. Combine these stressors with medical-legal action, College/hospital complaints, or privacy/human rights complaints and you can easily find yourself in a negative place.

The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) provides an array of support, including physician advisors and resources. For more information, visit: https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/en/advice-publications/physician-wellness

As outlined on their website, supporting physician health is imperative for the CMA. 

They have also launched the Physician Wellness Hub, one of several CMA initiatives to lead physician health and wellness in Canada and internationally.

Established in 2018, PROactive is an alliance of Alberta’s healthcare partners designed to collaboratively and collectively support physicians and learners, to advance physician wellness while addressing disruptive physician behaviour.

Visit the PROactive website for more information.

Stanford Medicine WELLMD Center 

https://wellmd.stanford.edu/center1.html Numerous resources for all aspects of physician wellness, with many other links to excellent information and resources.

Physician Reporting Tool

Anonymous Reporting Tool for Physicians

If you have a concern or experience a workplace issue, please consider using our new AHS anonymous reporting tool designated for physicians within the Department of Pediatrics.

Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the reporting process.

Click to Report