How we’re coping. Really.
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
by The Canadian Medical Association
1y ago
 Burnout, depression, anxiety: These are long-standing challenges within medicine. But since the pandemic was declared, physicians’ mental health has continued to deteriorate. Now, new health and wellness data from the Canadian Medical Association sheds light on the seriousness of the situation.  "I've never seen so many physicians feeling so demoralized by the system and so deeply burnt out. I think we are in dark times, but I still have optimism because my colleagues remain committed to being at the table to try to make things better."  -- Dr. Katharine Smart, CMA past preside ..read more
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The benefits of team-based care
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
by The Canadian Medical Association
1y ago
The shortage of health care workers in Canada is a growing crisis. The daily tradeoffs of caring for patients while keeping up with administrative demands is leading to burnout – and prompting some professionals to trade private clinics and hospitals for team-based practices.  “Working in a team makes me feel valued. I feel like I have a team that supports me just as much as I support the physician… There's no worrying about rushing to finish your shift and having to choose between not giving care rounds to my patients or not documenting in the EMR.” – Shawna Pasiciel, HealthWORX Medical ..read more
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Being Indigenous in med school
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
by The Canadian Medical Association
1y ago
Medical school is tough enough. For Indigenous students, it can also be fraught with racism, and the pressure to share their cultural ‘expertise’ with teachers and classmates. “A lot of the time, the stereotypes they’ve grown up with, their internal bias, the racism they don’t realize is there, comes to the surface, and it can be very traumatic as an Indigenous student to hear that, to sit through that, to sometimes have the questions directed at you.” - Jayelle Friesen-Enns On this episode of Sound Mind, Dr. Caroline Gerin-Lajoie speaks to Josha Rafael from McMaster University and Jayelle Fri ..read more
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Rediscovering meaning in medicine
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
by The Canadian Medical Association
1y ago
The strain of working in a health system on the brink – not to mention two years of a pandemic – can erode the sense of meaning that motivates so many physicians. But two emergency doctors, Anthony Fong in Vancouver and Daniel Kollek in Hamilton, found inspiration by going towards, rather than away, from crisis on a volunteer medical mission in Ukraine.  “We provided emergency care in a setting that was really needed... And we didn't have all the bells and whistles you might find in an emerg (ED) in downtown Vancouver. But it doesn't matter. All that matters in that case, in that situati ..read more
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The wellness benefits of team-based care
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
by The Canadian Medical Association
1y ago
The shortage of health care workers in Canada is a growing crisis. The daily tradeoffs of caring for patients while keeping up with administrative demands is leading to burnout – and prompting some professionals to trade private clinics and hospitals for team-based practices.  “Working in a team makes me feel valued. I feel like I have a team that supports me just as much as I support the physician… There's no worrying about rushing to finish your shift and having to choose between not giving care rounds to my patients or not documenting in the EMR.” – Shawna Pasiciel, HealthWORX Medical ..read more
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Meaning in medicine: Frontline physicians in Ukraine
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
by The Canadian Medical Association
1y ago
The strain of working in a health system on the brink – not to mention two years of a pandemic – can erode the sense of meaning that motivates so many physicians. But two emergency doctors, Anthony Fong in Vancouver and Daniel Kollek in Hamilton, found inspiration by going towards, rather than away, from crisis on a volunteer medical mission in Ukraine.  “We provided emergency care in a setting that was really needed... And we didn't have all the bells and whistles you might find in an emerg (ED) in downtown Vancouver. But it doesn't matter. All that matters in that case, in that situati ..read more
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The ‘Great Resignation’ comes to medicine.
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
by The Canadian Medical Association
2y ago
Last year, a Texas A&M University professor predicted a mass exodus of workers in the wake of the pandemic, as people reflected on whether their jobs provided them a sense of purpose.  He called it “The Great Resignation.”  In medicine, job dissatisfaction, combined with increasing levels of burnout, is also forcing many doctors to reflect in the same way. Preliminary data from the Canadian Medical Association’s National Physician Health Survey shows nearly half of those surveyed (46%) are considering reducing their clinical hours in the next two years. Some, like Dr. Kathy Bonap ..read more
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Dr. Mom and COVID-19: The stress of being in constant demand
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
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2y ago
Working mothers have suffered tremendous levels of stress throughout the pandemic – and doctors are no exception. A recent study found that physician mothers scored substantially higher on measures of anxiety and depression than physician fathers, in part because they’ve had to take on a disproportionate share of the increased childcare and online schooling needs.  “When COVID-19 first started, my thoughts as a mother and a physician were… overwhelming. As women, we often make such frequent micro and macro decisions for our families, or patients or partners, and I think I speak for many w ..read more
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Code white: Protecting ED docs from workplace violence
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
by The Canadian Medical Association
2y ago
“Code White” is a term used in many health care settings to alert workers to a real or perceived threat of violence. Unfortunately, they are being called more frequently, especially in emergency departments.  The reality is that health care workers face four times as great a rate of workplace violence than other professions. In emergency departments, more than 50% of nurses will be sexually harassed or assaulted this year. More than half are physically or verbally abused in any given week. And nearly 70% of emergency physicians -- like Dr. Howard Ovens at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto ..read more
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Death threats and safety protocols: the troubling new reality for many physicians
Sound Mind: conversations about physician wellness and medical culture
by The Canadian Medical Association
2y ago
Physician advocates never imagined being the targets of intimidation and death threats for supporting public health measures during the pandemic. But it’s happening.  Three doctors -- Nili Kaplan-Myrth, Naheed Dosani and Jennifer Kwan -- open up about the impact these violent threats have had on their wellness and the steps they’ve taken to protect themselves, their families, their staff and patients.  “In my office, we added cameras indoors and outdoors. And we keep our door locked, which is sad because if we look through the door and don't recognize the patient or person standing ..read more
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