Physician wellness is defined by quality of life, which includes the absence of ill-being and the presence of positive  physical, mental, social, and integrated well being, as lived through healthy ways of functioning in our environments and activities.  This allows us as physicians to thrive and grow to our full potential, across all domains of life.


Adapted from Brady et al.  Acad. Pschiatry (2018):42:94-108.

Meet with the Wellness Vice Chair

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FOM Recognition Strategy

One of the Faculty of Medicine's strategic priorities is engagement, and the Faculty Engagement Team is encouraging us to use recognition as a way to increase engagement and wellness.   How are you recognizing the achievements and uniqueness of your colleagues? 

DOM Model of Wellness

What do we mean by wellness?  Definitions of wellness, and we visually describe our continuum of physician health.  We map out our measurement tools, and describe current interventions and how to they fit our model 

List of Resources

Though no website or app can replace the listening ear or practical help from a friend, there are times when we need help to care for ourselves or our loved ones.  From finding a family MD to finding a counselor.  This list of resources will help you or help your friend. 

Massage therapy at DOM

The Department of Medicine is launching a pilot project to offer Physician and Support Staff the opportunity to have personal massage appointments within the workplace. We have arranged for a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) to come to the General Campus on October 9, November 13 and December 12. All appointments must be pre-booked through the online booking system. Appointments will take place in the Admin U office within the DOM Suite. Payment must be made at the time of appointment and receipts for insurance claims will be sent via email following your appointment.


Please note, support staff who are interested in taking part in this program are required to request the time away from the office in advance, as with other personal/medical appointments. Appointment time is not considered part of your working day, and arrangements must be made to make up time or use your 30 minute lunch break to account for the time away.

What has DOM Done for EPIC Wellness?

EPIC Implementation remains one of the biggest wellness challenges in the history of DOM.  As the vice chair of physician support and wellness, I have been involved in our EHR Strategy since day 1.   I was there during the RFP process.  During the year long implementation process I was not only a Readiness Owner but also the Inpatient Physician Lead.   I was a STS Trainer, helping to teach EPIC.  I was a there at Go-Live as a superuser.  Now I'm intimately involved in the various subcommittees and working groups, that are helping to troubleshoot problematic areas in EPIC.  I intimately understand our frustrations with EPIC and I have a good understanding of where the pain points are.

I've also been a vocal advocate for us on the various groups focused on wellness, such as the Benefits Utilization Committee for Physician Wellness, the TOH Wellness Committee, and Epic Physician Advisory Committee (EPAC).  At the university side I've been advocating for DOM on the Facutly Engagement Team.  I've used these comittees as platforms to bring out concerns to senior leaders.  I've been at the forefront of the many changes that have occured to address our needs.

Of course being on committees isn't enough.  I've always said that wellness is people work.  Though it is by no means efficient or even visible,  I think the biggest and most rewarding things have been to walk around the wards to try to help colleagues, answering your emails, or just chatting in the middle of work.  I'm by no means the only doing such ad hoc interventions, but it all adds up to wellness for us.  Let me know how we can do better.  Jchan@toh.ca


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