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Physician health to be showcased in Winnipeg

The main Canadian event bringing together experts in physician health and well-being takes place Oct. 16-17 in Winnipeg, with a pre-conference workshop on Oct. 15, 2015.

Registration opens soon for the 4th Canadian Conference on Physician Health (CCPH), which will have the theme “Great Expectations: Navigating the competing identities of the modern physician.”

The conference is presented by the Canadian Physician Health Institute, a national program created in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Medical Foundation, with Doctors Manitoba and its health and wellness committee as partners.

In addition to offering two full days of interactive sessions, the conference aims to help delegates acquire skills to navigate the various identities of the modern physician and gain greater appreciation of the impact of these multi-dimensional roles and responsibilities on physicians’ health and well-being.

“Physician health and well-being continues to be a priority for the Canadian Medical Association and should be foremost in the minds of all physicians,” says CMA President-elect Cindy Forbes, who will deliver opening remarks at the conference.

Also invited to speak is Jennifer Botterill, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, who will focus on using high performance psychology to improve physician health.

The conference comes a year after the highly successful 2014 American Medical Association–CMA–British Medical Association International Conference on Physician Health. That meeting, held in London, UK, was noteworthy because of the significant Canadian participation and laudatory comments made about Canadian awareness of physician health issues.

One Winnipeg conference highlight will be a debate on whether the increased emphasis on health and well-being is actually detrimental to the physician’s professional identity. Participants will be engaged throughout the conference to help define concepts of physician health, encompassing the multi-dimensional aspects of health (mental, physical, social, behavioural, etc.) and emphasizing the positive qualities of a healthy physician.

The last CCPH was held in Calgary in 2013, with close to 250 delegates.

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