Physician Wellness

The Anesthesiology Physician Wellness Committee is dedicated to supporting practices that encourage anesthesia physician wellbeing and health, while also addressing the increasing rates of burnout in our specialty.

The committee will work to encourage and guide changes in both the physician’s workplace, e.g. more administrative support, more flexible working hours, peer support, debriefing support after challenging clinical/professional encounters, support through career transitions and personal life e.g. networking opportunities, financial advice. 

It is the Committee’s guiding principle that physician happiness and quality patient perioperative care are directly linked. The Committee will be responsive to members needs, and develop goals, programs and initiatives based on feedback from anesthesia physicians as well as scholarly work in the area of physician wellbeing and burnout.
 

Physician Wellness Chair(s)

Dr Saroo Sharda
| Oakville, ON

MEMBERS

  • Anita Chakravarti, Vice Chair
  • Fahad Alam
  • Sukhjeewan Basran
  • Tumul Chowdhury
  • Chris Durr
  • Claudia Gomez
  • Vit Gunka
  • Mika Hamilton
  • Jennifer Klinck
  • Judy Marois
  • Allana Munro
  • Jean Paolini
  • Brittany Prevost
  • Nicole Quigley
  • Mandeep Singh
  • Hamed Umedaly
  • Anne Wong

Resources

CMA Wellness Support Lines 

  • Alberta 877 767 4637
  • British Columbia 1 800 663 6729
  • Manitoba 844 436 2762 and 204 237 8320
  • New Brunswick 506 875 6749
  • Newfoundland and Labrador 844 675 9222
  • Nunavut 844-675-9222
  • Nova Scotia 855 275 8215
  • Ontario 800 851 6606
  • Prince Edward Island 800 663 6729
  • Quebec 514 397 0888 (Montreal area);
  • Quebec 800 387 4166 (rest of Quebec)
  • Saskatchewan 844 675 9222
  • Yukon 844 675 9222

additional resources

These resources have been curated by the CAS Physician Wellness Committee. All articles are in English unless otherwise stated.

Optimal sleep health among frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic - Dr Saroo Sharda, Dr Mandeep Singh, Dr Raed Hawa

Optimal sleep - infographic (PDF 200 KB)

Top 5 Articles

  1. Vital Signs in Anaesthesia. A guide for anaesthetists seeking help and advice during the COVID crisis
  2. Managing Healthcare Workers’ Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
  3. EM-Power: A Wellness Compendium for EM
  4. Ensuring Our Own Wellbeing as We Care for Others During the COVID-19 Crisis
  5. "Acute Stress" and Resilience
Other Articles:
Keeping yourself healthy: Resilience and stress inoculation during COVID-19
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Briefing note on addressing mental health and psychosocial aspects of COVID-19 OutbreakVersion 1.1
COVID-19 and Healthcare Responder Stress
Supporting the Health Care Workforce During the COVID-19 Global Epidemic
 
Top websites:
  1. Wellbeing & support
  2. Physician Wellness
  3. UW Medicine COVID-19 Support​
  4. Emergency Responders: Tips for taking care of yourself
  5. Coronavirus Sanity Guide — Ten Percent Happier
  6. https://www.welldocalberta.org/covid-19-updates
Other websites:
Coronavirus
COVID-19 Physician Wellness Resource
How to talk to your kids about COVID-19: Considerations for health care providers
The Happiness Lab:  https://www.happinesslab.fm/
Taking care of your mental health needs in the face of uncertainty -
Supporting physician wellness: an essential part of CMPA’s assistance
Intensive Care Society: Wellbeing and Psychological Resource Library

Fitness and yoga classes