Events

WISHES hosts learner wellness scholarship events, including seminars and symposia.

WISHES Symposium 2022

WISHES Symposium

WISHES Symposium 2021

The second WISHES Symposium “Lived Experience” was held on-line on March 18, 2021.  The event included a well-received keynote address by Dr. Neera Jain (University of Auckland) on medical training and learners with disabilities, and presentations on mindfulness, the Black Medical Students’ Association Calls to Action and learner well-being in a disrupted training environment.  The event concluded with a panel discussion focused on members’ lived experiences with wellness as a structural issue. 

There were 47 attendees, with representation from the Cumming School of Medicine, Nursing, University of Calgary Qatar, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, and Alberta Health Services.  Feedback for all sessions was overwhelmingly positive.

We would like to thank the presenters, panel members and attendees, for making this event possible.  Part 2 of the symposium will be held October 14, 2021 and will highlight local well-being research in health professions education

Welcome Address

Welcome Address - Dr. Aliya Kassam

Keynote Address

Keynote Address - Dr. Neera Jain

Keynote Address

Keynote Address - Dr. Neera Jain

WISHES Symposium 2019

The inaugural WISHES Symposium was held on October 10, 2019 at the Health Sciences Centre.  The event included a keynote by Lauren Vogel (Journalist, CMAJ) a poster session, local research and innovation presentations, and a wellness challenge.  There were 49 attendees, with representation from the Cumming School of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, and the Werklund School of Education.

The event provided an opportunity for scholars with common interests in learner and health professional wellness research to connect and share their thoughts.  The Wellness Challenge encouraged attendees to consider the various aspects of wellness (physical, mental, social, occupational, and intellectual) and to share their ideas on how wellness in these areas can be promoted and what research questions would support this.  Attendees' comments/ideas have been captured in a summary document which will be used to inform future research directions for WISHES.

We are encouraged by the attendance and the feedback received, and hope to host the symposium on an annual basis.  Stay tuned for more information on the future of WISHES!

Poster Session

Poster Session

Prize Draw

Prize Draw at the Wellness Challenge - Drs. Kassam and Schindler

Wellness Challenge Ideas

Wellness Challenge Ideas