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

Imposter syndrome, Feb. 1, 2023, 7 pm ET

Moderated by Dr. Daniela Isfan

Imposter syndrome affects up to 60% of physicians and can begin as early as during medical training and persist throughout one’s entire career. It can increase the risk of burnout and suicidality, making it important to understand the genesis of this syndrome. 

In this peer support session, participants will walk through protective practices and resilient thinking that can help reverse or prevent the negative wellness effects of imposter syndrome.

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Are you and medicine on the rocks? Feb. 16, 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 previous sessions, new participants are also welcome.

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Compassion Rounds: The art and science of happiness (part I), Feb. 23, 2023, 7 pm ET

Moderated by Dr. Daniela Isfan

We're all looking for happiness and health. But how do we measure happiness, are there different kinds and how much of it is nurture vs nature? In this session, we'll look at the research on happiness, consider the dark side of pursuing it and share experiences with other physician participants.

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Is resilience a trait, a state or a combination? Mar. 7, 2023, 7 pm ET

Moderated by Dr. Daniela Isfan

Lately, it can seem like resilience is undervalued and seen as less important than fixing the root causes of stress. Its importance, however, should not be underestimated; even as we work to resolve external causes of stress, we still have some agency and control over how we respond to them. Join this session to explore what resilience is, how to build it and how to pursue activities and practices that can help sustain it.

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Compassion Rounds: Managing stress in the moment, Mar. 23, 2023, 7 pm ET

Moderated by Dr. Daniela Isfan

The nature of the medical profession is such that, even if the health care system were functioning perfectly, physicians would still encounter stressful situations in their day-to-day work. How we best manage stress in the moment differs for everyone, but there are some general tips and tools that can help in reducing anxiety and its symptoms, such as sleeplessness. Join this session to learn more.

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Are you and medicine on the rocks? Mar. 28, 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 previous sessions, new participants are also welcome.

Register for session


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


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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.

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