Canadian Medical Association

Death threats and safety protocols: the troubling new reality for many physicians

Physician advocates never imagined being the targets of intimidation and death threats for supporting public health measures during the pandemic. But it’s happening. Three doctors -- Nili Kaplan-Myrth, Naheed Dosani and Jennifer Kwan -- open up about the impact these violent threats have had on their wellness and the steps they are taking to protect themselves, their families, their staff and patients.

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The personal cost of leading Canada’s public health response to COVID-19

For most physicians, the fight against COVID-19 took place away from public scrutiny. But for public health physicians, their words, their work, and sometimes their raw emotions, have taken centre stage. Two of Canada’s chief medical officers of health – Dr. Saqib Shahab from Saskatchewan and Dr. Catherine Elliott from the Yukon – share the toll the pandemic has taken on them and their colleagues.

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Threats, harassment and trolls: Is being a “public” medical voice worth it?

Dr. Amy Tan shares how she endured months of online harassment during the pandemic for defending racialized communities. Dr. Najma Ahmed, trauma surgeon and co-founder of Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns, talks about being the target of pro-gun activists, the toll it took on her mental health and the support systems that helped her to not back down.

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Racism in medicine

Dr. Kenneth Fung, clinical director of the Asian Initiative in Mental Health at Toronto Western Hospital, and Dr. Joseph Mpalirwa, family physician at Toronto’s Casey House and co-author of a recent study on Black physicians’ experiences of racism, talk about racism in medical culture, why it persists and how it affects physicians, residents and medical students.

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Building the peer support physicians need

Dr. Jo Shapiro, surgeon and founder of the US-based Center for Professionalism and Peer Support, talks about the value of peer support, the “must-haves” for successful support programs and how she sees the pandemic affecting physician health and current support programs.

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Battling physician burnout

Dr. Jillian Horton, physician, educator and author of the new memoir, We Are All Perfectly Fine, talks about her own struggles with burnout, and the ways in which medical culture is failing physicians and learners.

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Unprecedented: COVID-19 and its impact on physician wellness

Dr. Joy Albuquerque, medical director of the Ontario Medical Association’s Physician Health Program, reflects on the mental health impacts of the pandemic on physicians and other health care providers.

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The special stress of residency

Dr. Stephanie Klein talks about the ground-breaking resident wellness program she founded at North York General Hospital after her twin brother, who was also a resident, died by suicide.  

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Confronting the “hidden curriculum” in medical school

Dr. Geneviève Moineau, CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, talks about the expectations and attitudes that make up the “hidden curriculum” and how medical schools are trying to tackle them.

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