Professional Well-Being

Residency Program Ombudsperson

  • Each residency program has an Ombudsperson assigned to objectively and confidentially field questions especially relating to academic or professional concerns. Assigned individuals are physicians who are at arm's length from the program with which they work, and interactions with them have no evaluative or academic influence.  

Cumming School of Medicine Office of Professionalism and Equity

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA)
    • PARA hosts resident-specific events throughout the year, provides  health and well-being information and supports, and advocates on residents' behalf under the Collective Agreement. Check out the web page links for more information or to contact a representative.
  • Resident Doctors of Canada (formerly Canadian Association of Interns and Residents)
    • Provides a national resident voice on issues related to training in Canada, profiles relevant wellness resources, and undertakes research to capture current resident needs and develop new initiatives.  
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
    • Protects the professional integrity of physicians and promotes safe medical care in Canada. They provide specific information on seeking assistance, and dealing with adverse events in practice.  
    • The Good Practices Guide promotes safe medical practice, and reduction of medico-legal risk.
    • Their e-learning modules provide excellent example-based tutorials on a variety of legal topics in medicine.
  • Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
    • Regulates the practice of medicine in Alberta, and outlines the standards of practice, the minimum standard of professional behaviour and ethical conduct expected of all physicians.
  • Professionalism Standards in Physicians

Certifying bodies:

Alberta Health Services Medical Affairs

  • Medical Affairs manages the aspects of healthcare administration that are specific to physicians and other practitioners, including:
    • Medical staff bylaws and rules
    • Appointment and privileging
    • Practitioner dispute resolution and discipline
    • Practitioner contracts and payment
    • Practitioner recruitment and retention
    • Medical leadership and development
  • See Insite for web link and more information: Home > Our Teams/Departments > Medical Affairs

Performance Enhancement

  • The ‘Getting Things Done’ approach to time management and appropriate engagement offers a clear, attainable approach to organizing work and home life, optimizing your ability to engage in the present moment and avoid feeling overwhelmed or out of control. 
  • Zen habits is a blog about mindfulness, organization, and smart productivity (among many other interesting things).
  • Lifehack is a nice, funny lifestyle website including features and articles related to communication, money, productivity, technology, work, etc. 
    • From the website, this article outlines practical steps to use time more efficiently, to prioritize, and stay organized. 
  • The Sparring Mind website intro boasts, “If you enjoy seeing well-established research applied to practical lessons on creative work and human behavior, you’re in the right place.”  Essays highlight common mistakes and solutions for time management and productivity, cognitive development.  Subscribe to the newsletter for consistent updates.
    • This great 3 minute video summarizes productivity pitfalls and strategies.
  • Mindtools is a website dedicated to learning leadership, management, and personal effectiveness skills.  For a monthly fee, you can have full access to numerous articles on useful topics such as communication skills (including giving and getting effective feedback, time management, and stress management (among many others).