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

Resilience, May 19, 2022, 7 pm ET

Join a conversation with other physicians to learn about resilience and ways to develop it. The session will start with a short presentation followed by an open discussion with peers.

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Are you and medicine on the rocks? May 25, 2022, 7 pm ET

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 Apr. 20, new participants are also welcome.

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Compassion Rounds: Vicarious trauma and compassion collapse, May 26, 2022,7 pm ET

Exposed to suffering as a regular part of their work, coupled with a daily barrage of negative news from around the world, physicians are at greater risk of draining their emotional reserves, burning out and developing PTSD.

In this session, participants will learn how to reduce the trauma they may experience from exposure to external events while maintaining a reserve of compassion and good mental health.

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When YOU are the patient, June 7, 2022, 7 pm ET

In this peer support session, we will discuss the unique challenges that can arise when physicians become patients ourselves. Why is it so hard? Our own medical knowledge may get in the way of our treatment. Care teams may treat us differently. We look at how to manage the stress of being a doctor-patient and how to make sure your needs are met.

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


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