Physician wellness

Coping with the stress of medical practice
Managing stress when transitioning to new electronic record systems
Strategies for managing the stress associated with transitioning to a new EMR system for managing patient records.
What to do if you’re notified of a College complaint
For many physicians, a regulatory authority (College) complaint is stressful, but can be managed by speaking with the CMPA, assessing the complaint, and responding professionally and respectfully.
How to manage conflict and aggressive behaviour in medical practice
Physicians regularly encounter patients or family members who behave aggressively and make demands that may be unrealistic and potentially harmful. In their medical practice, physicians need strategies and tools to manage conflict and such challenging behaviours.
Residents and resiliency
Wellness strategies and resources for physician residents
Collegiality promotes safe care
By practising in a collegial manner, physicians may enhance the health outcomes of their patients and themselves.
The aging physician: Maintaining competence and practising safely
This article focuses on how physicians can continue to practise safely into older age and recommends tools to help them tailor their practice to their skills and circumstances.
Physician health: Putting yourself first
When caring for patients, physicians can neglect their own health and well-being. Doctors should improve their self-care for their own sake, and for the sake of their patients and the healthcare system.
Working the night shift and managing the risks
Strategies to help mitigate risks for physicians who work night shifts.
Hospital complaints: Understanding the process and reducing anxiety
Physicians named in a hospital complaint can feel reassured that due process exists and will be followed, and that the CMPA is available to help.
When physicians feel bullied: Effective coping strategies
Physicians can take steps to address bullying and other abusive behaviours they may be subjected to by patients and their families, colleagues and other healthcare workers, and third parties.
Coping with a College complaint: Suggestions for reducing anxiety
Dealing with the stress of a College complaint is easier when a physician understands the complaint process and receives support, advice, and coping strategies from the CMPA.
A medico-legal perspective on physician health and wellness: Removing barriers to treatment of physician patients
In a profession where the culture has shifted significantly, one aspect of medical practice continues to endure: a physicians’ ability to put the health and needs of their patient first, often at the expense of their own personal health.
Medico-legal problems and their emotional impact
Becoming familiar with the processes for legal proceedings and College complaints and knowing where to get support can help put medical-legal difficulties into perspective and alleviate emotional stress for physicians.
Coping with an adverse event, complaint or litigation
Every physician in Canada is likely to be affected by a medico-legal issue at some point over the course of his or her career.

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