Positive Teaching & Learning Environments

USask Continuing Medical Education is your go-to for wellness resources in the College of Medicine. Visit their website here.


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.


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) 

The Nocturnists (a podcast with stories of shame)

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!