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Academic Medicine

View this Podcast that discusses burnout in medical students and residents, including new recommendations from the National Academies about systems-level changes to foster well-being in learners. 

Clinician Well-Being During COVID-19

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Mental Health Before a Surge (PDF)

Mental Health During a Surge (PDF)

Psychological First Aid Final (PDF)

Association of American Medical Colleges

Well-Being in Academic Medicine

Canadian Medical Association

  • Resources for You and Your family’s Well Being during a Pandemic
     
  • Joule has launched a new learning series to support physicians during the pandemic, on topics such as managing isolation, building resilience and moral distress.
     
  • Five things doctors can do to manage COVID-19 stress and anxiety, and five questions you can use to check in with yourself, from Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie, the CMA’s executive vice-president of physician health and wellness.
     
  • How physicians can implement personal strategies to deal with fatigue, stress and uncertainty, and advice on how to use feelings of fear to our advantage, by performance psychologist Jason Brooks.
     
  • For team leaders: Dr. Molyn Leszcz, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, on why fostering a more resilient work culture is essentialto coping in this unpredictable environment.
     
  • Pediatrician and infectious disease expert Dr. Jared Bullard shares his advice for physicians on discussing COVID-19 with their children, to reduce their anxiety and keep them safe.
     
  • Dr. Ron Epstein — family physician, researcher and teacher of mindful practice in medicine — explains how physicians can use mindfulnessto manage stress and build resilience during this pandemic.
     
  • A look at how virtual peer support networks are providing a safe space for physicians, from psychiatrist Dr. Mamta Gautam.

Canadian Society of Physician Leaders

Ensuring Our own Wellbeing as We Care for Others During the COVID-19 Crisis

CISM International

Critical Incident Stress Management

Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute

Recommended by the Saskatchewan Medical Association is this site that describes four strategies for building psychological resilience. View here

JAMA

Understanding and addressing sources of anxiety among health care professionals during COVID-19

MededPublish

Twelve tips to combat ill-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: A guide for health professionals & educators.  Adam Neufeld & Greg Malin

National Academy of Medicine

Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During COVID-19 by Source

Webinar - Supporting Clinican Well-Being During COVID-19

RDoS

 Have developed a web page with COVID-19 resources for residents here and are updating it regularly.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Wellness resources for health professionals

Saskatchewan Health Authority

Suggestions for parents on helping to cope with COVID-19

The Resilient Workplace

Webinar on Sleep in the Era of COVID-19

Saskatchewan Medical Association

Recommendations from the SMA Physician Health Program:

  • Mental Health and Resilience During COVID-19 (webinar).  Trainer: Vicki Enns, MMFT, RMFT. View webinar.
  • Physician Wellness WebEx Series: Strategies for Anxiety During COVID-19 (SHA).  Click here for a preview or watch the full webinar here.
  • Health and Wellbeing Webinars for staff (SHA).  Recordings of each webinar, along with links to register for live options, have been added to the Learning Resources section of the Resilient Workplace website.

Saskdocs

Effective communication and disruptive behavior

Dr. Mansfield Mela, MBBS, FWACP, FRCPsych, MSc, FRCPC, walks viewers through a series of tools and strategies that can help to avoid “insight deficit disorder” and encourage people to “think ill, before evil.” Dr. Mela reviews the “seven C’s” of how to effectively communicate and reviews key conflict resolution tips that can help you and your colleagues communicate effectively during stress to foster a conducive environment in which to provide good care.

Click here for a preview  or watch the full webinar here

Society of Adolescent Health & Medicine

A collection of resources for parents and families

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

STFM wellness resources, including a STFM wellness course

USask

USask Therapy Dogs go Virtual Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

View this presentation on Supporting Resident Wellness during COVID-19 by Dr. Alana Holt, Department of Academic Family Medicine.

USask Continuing Medical Education (CME)

CME has been developing a robust wellness program with Dr. Anita Chakravarti.

CME has put together a video series with Saskatchewan Medical Experts

World Health Organization

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated stress management guide for coping with adversity. The guide aims to equip people with practical skills to help cope with stress.

Dr. Andriyka Papish, MD, MSc, FRCP (C) 

Physician Wellness Webinar - Dr. Papish reviews what we are learning about the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of healthcare workers across the globe and in Canada. Although this webinar is geared towards physicians, it includes information useful to anyone experiencing stress. Watch the full 21-minute webinar here.

Resources from Dr. Amin Azzam

Many thanks to Dr. Amin Azzam who has produced the list of resources to support mental well-being during these challenging times. His list is available here [docs.google.com]. He has invited us to share the link with students, fellow health professional educators, deans, our loved ones and our global communities.  

You all know we are experiencing an unprecedented pandemic—at least during our lifetimes. As such, we must all take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved in health professional education. That includes students, faculty, staff, patients, standardized patient actors, and the general public. At the same time, we must work to prevent the spread of misinformation, panic, or paranoid fears. We’re confident that the leadership in each of your programs is striking the right balance for everyone’s safety and need to proceed within your local contexts. But since one of Osmosis’s core values is to “Have Each Other’s Backs,” below is a list of resources we recommend to maximize everyone’s psychological health during these distressing times.

Amin Azzam, MD, MA

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Source & Link

“Coping with Stress”

US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/copingwith-stresstips.html [cdc.gov]

“Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19”

US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html [cdc.gov]

“Taking Care of your Emotional Health”

US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp [emergency.cdc.gov]

“Helping Children Cope with Emergencies”

US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html [cdc.gov]

RedBook Online COVID-19 Outbreak page

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

https://redbook.solutions.aap.org/ss/rbo_outbreaks_page_3.aspx [redbook.solutions.aap.org]

Q&A on coronaviruses

World Health Organization (WHO):

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses [who.int]

Coronavirus & Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

American Psychiatric Association (APA):

https://www.psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2020/02/coronavirus-and-mental-health-taking-care-of-ourselves-during-infectious-disease-outbreaks [psychiatry.org]

Coronavirus & Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks Response

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS):

https://www.cstsonline.org/resources/resource-master-list/coronavirus-and-emerging-infectious-disease-outbreaks-response [cstsonline.org]

Taking Care of your Family during Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS):

https://www.cstsonline.org/assets/media/documents/CSTS_FS_Corona_Taking_Care_of_Your_Family.pdf.pdf [cstsonline.org]

Research Information: Pandemics

American Psychological Association:

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics [apa.org]

Five ways to view coverage of the Coronavirus

American Psychological Association:

https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/pandemics [apa.org]

Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety

American Psychological Association:

https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/coronavirus-anxiety [apa.org]

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf [nctsn.org]

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

National Public Radio:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus [npr.org]

Talking to Teens & Tweens about Coronavirus

The New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/02/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html [nytimes.com]

Messages

From Dr. Sandy Buchman and the CMA:

Taking care of yourself and each other 

In addition to the stress and uncertainty that all citizens face right now, physicians and health care teams are on the frontlines. We know from experience the toll our pandemic situation may take on you.

If you are feeling distressed or need personal assistance, please reach out to your provincial physician health program (PHP) ― our list, along with how to get in touch with them is here.

Keeping up with the constant flow of information can be overwhelming, especially with accelerated news delivered through social media. To limit the noise, we compiled a few sources of reliable and evidence-based information for providers and the public.

Our physician health and wellness lead, Dr. Caroline Gerin-Lajoie,  collaborated with UOttawa’s Emergency Medicine Department to develop a blog to help you manage stress and anxiety.

CMA Bulletin, March 17, 2020