Positive Teaching & Learning Environments


Faculty Development can run courses for groups of physicians and others  interested in  exploring wellness options.   The Canadian Conference on Physician Health is a conference you can attend as well.  Visit the CMA Conference & Events page for more information. 

USask - Music and Wellbeing Course MUS 298.3: Music and Wellbeing will introduce histories, contexts and theories of music in relation to the human experience.


Online Options

Finding & Creating Joy in Work  Institue for Healthcare Improvement course.


USask Continuing Medical Education has been developing a robust wellness program with Dr. Anita Chakravarti.  We highly recommend you access these resources though the CME link here

The CMA has website resources on physician wellness:  https://www.sma.sk.ca/programs/3/physician-support-programs.html

View the CMA Wellness Connection ― a virtual space where physicians and medical learners can find a range of tools and resources for those looking for support, as well as those looking to support others.

SMA has resources on physician wellness as well at  https://www.sma.sk.ca/inner/4/living-well-physician-wellness.html


CMPA: Supporting Physician Wellness

Healthcare Worker Mental Health Facebook Group - Emily Sullivan with USask is involved with a research team that has created a Facebook group that is designed to disseminate evidence-based wellness, coping, and self-care resources to health professionals. If you have Facebook they'd love it if you would consider participating. You can join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/healthworkerscoping/.  Each week in the group we share a different coping strategy, tips for how to use it, and provide support for all of those in the health fields who are making our way through this difficult time. If you have any questions about the group feel free to contact the Stress & Wellness Research Lab at the University of Saskatchewan (who are hosting the page) at trauma.research@usask.ca or by phone at 306-966-6731. 

CSEP (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology) View the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines

Quick reads / references

Journal articles



Check out the ICE (International Clinician Educators) Blog: 

KeyLIME Podcast #206: Physician Burnout = Badness

Ted Talk

Patty McCord: 8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for: https://www.ted.com/talks/patty_mccord_8_lessons_on_building_a_company_people_enjoy_working_for?language=en

Other Links

Dr. John Crosby has written a book on efficiency and time management entitled the  Doctor On Time.

Read about Dr. Stephen Lenoski’s story This is My Physician Wellness.


Indigenous Resources


Mentorship is an important part of faculty development. Mentors may be from the same department, a different department, or at a different medical school or clinical environment. Mentors may support you in your teaching or clinical practice, and you may have a different mentor for different aspects of your personal and professional life.






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


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


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


 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.


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 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


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]


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

COVID19 is no laughing matter.  We get that.  We do think however, in times of stress in a disaster, that kindness, humour and civility will help us pull through.  We are therefore sharing a selection of some of the humour we come across related to the challenges and upheavals of this time of crisis and encourage you to use this and other forms of self-care as an inoculation to boost your resilience!  Keep up your spirits. There is light at the end of this COVID tunnel- laugh whenever you can – we all still need a little humour in our lives.

A little humor about teaching using Panopto/Zoom etc. 'I will Survive, Coronavirus version for teachers going online'

 How do your conference calls go?  Anything like this?

 75 Best Dad Jokes so Bad They're Hilarious

Where's Waldo? Social Distancing Edition

COVID-19; One Day More (Les Miserables parody). Watch here


From AHS bull

USask Continuing Medical Education has been developing a robust wellness program with Dr. Anita Chakravarti.  We highly recommend you access these resources though the CME link here

Faculty Development has collected some great resources to help with kids learning at home or even to just take up a little time each day. Explore and have some fun.  Many of these sites will supplement what teachers are using online.



Resources on how to support your child's mental health and general wellbeing through physical activity, sleep, nutrition and learning.

Canadian Paediatric Society

COVID-19 and your child.  Frequently asked questions.


Is an online math learning tool, currently offering a 90 day free trial  


Great for all ages to practice second languages


Epic is an online literacy site with thousands of books and reading activities for all levels. Currently they are offering a free membership until June 2020 for teachers, and a free 30 day membership for parents

Go Noodle

Engages kids with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts

Michigan State University

A collection of online learning resources for parents with children learning at home


Simple Stem Activities To Do At Home


Is a game-based learning platform that promotes math literacy

Scholastic Learn at Home

Offers full comprehensive homeschool lesson plans for ages P/K-9

Society of Adolescent Health & Medicine

A collection of wellness resources for parents and families


Science based learning for ages P/K to 12

World Health Organization

A children's story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19


Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be a disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,


'Thank u Frontline' by Chris Mann (Alanis Morissette).  A tribute to all those working through the COVID-19 crisis.  View here

Pulse is published regularly online and you can subscribe to receive it by email.  It is a wonderful collection of stories, poems and more, related to health care that can be inspirational, moving and thought provoking.

Favourite Quotes to Share

If you have a favourite quote you would like to share that sends a message of hope during the COVID-19 Challenge  - contact us at medicinefaculty.development@usask.ca and we would love to post it.  When things get tough it is good to have a place that you can refer to for a little boost and some inspiration!

“… the past is written but the future is left for us to write and  we have powerful tools-  openness, optimism and the spirit of curiosity… fear is the great destroyer”  Star Treck: Picard, Episode 8, Jean-Luc Picard

"Helps to remember the objective: We're staying in so we can go back out.  We're staying apart so we can get back together.  We're loving one another WELL so we don't make one another SICK.  All our hard todays are for a lotta happier tomorrows." -Beth Moore


USask Continuing Medical Education has been developing a robust wellness program with Dr. Anita Chakravarti.  We highly recommend you access these resources though the CME link here

This is a link to the Faculty Development website at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell specifically to the Health Humanities page, which includes a  syllabus, PPTs, a poster, and a link to some articles collections.  This program was recommended by Alice Fornari who is happy to have it shared.  https://medicine.hofstra.edu/faculty/facdev/health-humanities.html

The American Association for the History of Medicine had an online conference on the COVID-19  pandemic with a historical perspective – these are a collection of very interesting videos from leading scholars of epidemics and public health.  View here  

In this guide from NYU Langone Health, find a list of resources about race and racism in medicine.  View here

The Shame Conversation: Authentically Engaging With the Risk of Shame in Healthcare, Dr. William Bynum; February 23, 2021. The Beryl Institute webinar.

Addressing the ‘Elephant in the Room’, Dr. William Bynum; December 1, 2020. McMaster Education Research, Innovation & Theory.

Dr. William Bynum’s website - includes a film, graphics, & research.

The Psychology of Shame: A Resilience Seminar for Medical Students (open resources including PP slides, activities, & short video) 

Dr Jacques Bradwejn, Dean Emeritus at Faculty of Medicine UOttawa produced this literacy program.

The Intrinsic Practice, a wellness/psychological literacy program developed at University of Ottawa. Open access.

For more information: https://lnkd.in/e7xDV8b

USask Continuing Medical Education has been developing a robust wellness program with Dr. Anita Chakravarti.  We highly recommend you access these resources though the CME link here

Why is this important?
Wellness is a priority area in the CoM strategic plan particularly related to education. Wellness initiatives exist in UGME, PGME and CME. Provincial and national medical organizations are paying more and more attention to the issues of physician health recognizing the huge impact this has in our education institutions and in our clinical environments.

Need help?
If you need help with this website or our content, please contact the FD office at medicinefaculty.development@usask.ca. If you need help for personal wellness issues, we recommend you get a family physician and can contact the SMA Physician Health program: https://sma.sk.ca/programs/44/physician-health-program.html

Want to learn more?
This is an amazing area with lots going on in each province and nationally. A place to start might be to attend the Canadian Physician Health Conference. Visit the CMA physician wellness page at https://www.cma.ca/physician-health-and-wellness.

How can I build on this?
Find out what is going on in your discipline or training program. Connect with others who are working in this area. Enjoy your involvement in healthy behaviours!