Canadian Medical Association

Virtual peer support

Wellness Connection sessions provide a virtual, safe space where physicians and medical learners can gather to discuss shared experiences, get support, seek advice and help each other. 

These virtual peer support sessions are available each week to all physicians and learners in Canada. Sessions are led by trained facilitators and cover a range of topics and themes to address critical needs and emerging strategies to support physicians and learners.

"The Wellness Connection provides useful and easy access to support, connecting me with peers who are going through similar challenges."

- Wellness Connection participant

Upcoming sessions

Sleep (part I) — navigating disruptions, exploring solutions, Tues., Dec. 5, 2023, 7 PM ET

Moderated by Dr. Daniela Isfan

From memory consolidation and cognitive function to immune system support, sleep plays a pivotal role in our lives. Yet, stress, anxiety and lifestyle habits can affect the quality of the rest we’re getting.

In this session, the first part in a new series, we explore the challenges of achieving proper rest with a special look at shift and on call work. We’ll present a strategy for getting better sleep, share an overview of chronotypes and tips on aligning your lifestyle to your particular sleep-wake patterns, and cover some tools for managing your energy when on call.

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Are you and medicine on the rocks? Thurs., Dec. 14, 2023, 7 PM ET

Moderated by Dr. Sharman Robertson

Have you been thinking of leaving medicine? Have you considered changing how you practise or reducing your hours? What would that look like?

This peer support session will offer a chance to share your thoughts, feelings, frustrations, hopes and plans while navigating a career in or outside of medicine.

While this discussion will build on the session held in previous months, new participants are also welcome.

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Mindful digital detox, Thurs., Dec. 21, 2023, 7 PM ET

Moderated by Dr. Daniela Isfan

In a world full of screens and constant connectivity, taking time to disconnect from our digital devices can help us to feel more present, balanced and calm.

In this session, we’ll discuss practical tips to reclaim time for self-reflection and more meaningful connections, and explore how to create a healthier relationship with technology and cultivate more mindfulness and fulfillment by unplugging, recharging and connecting with the present moment.

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Do you have questions about Wellness Connection? Read our frequently asked questions to learn more

Get support now

If you are feeling overwhelmed, or are looking for someone to speak to, we encourage you to visit the Physician Wellness Support page for a list of national crisis numbers and provincial physician health programs.

Learn about peer support

Resources to help physicians understand, provide and access peer support, and to create effective peer support programs.


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