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.

Upcoming sessions

Boundaries and balance — overcoming obstacles, July 13, 2022, 7 pm ET

Moderated by Dr. Daniela Isfan

Many physicians recognize it’s difficult to achieve well-being and professional fulfillment when their workload is excessive. Finding balance and a workload that feels right requires, among other things, the setting of boundaries. It can be difficult to set limits with so many internal and external obstacles; join your physician peers to share experiences and learn from each other on ways to overcome them.

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Compassion fatigue, July 21, 2022, 7 pm ET

Moderated by Dr. Daniel McBain

Who’s the most compassionate person you know? Some of your patients may say that it’s you. But when constantly caring for others becomes fatiguing, do you have compassion left for yourself? Join your physician peers for an interactive session on compassion fatigue.

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Are you and medicine on the rocks? July 27, 2022, 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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Mindfulness for a resilient mind, with live meditation, July 28, 2022, 7 pm ET

Moderated by Dr. Daniela Isfan

Do you seek more inner calm and resilience? Have you tried to meditate by yourself and thought “this doesn’t work”? Whether you’re a beginner or have experience with meditation and mindfulness practices, it’s often helpful to come back to basics. In this session, after a group discussion with your peers, join trained meditation teacher Dr. Daniela Isfan for tips, tools and techniques followed by a live meditation.

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