Special Projects

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Special Projects: Physician Health

The CMF Special Project Fund supports the promotion of physician health and well-being at the national level.

The Special Projects are funded by the Canadian Medical Foundation as part of physician health & well-being efforts.

Currently Funded Special Projects:

  • Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan are examining how mindfulness in medical practice drop-in classes can help medical students build resilience and cope with the stress that can lead to burnout.
  • A phone-line crisis program offered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association is expanding to include health promotion and illness prevention services provided by local physicians specially trained to work with other physicians.
  • A team from McMaster University is evaluating the effect of peer-support groups on resilience in anesthesia residents.
  • The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is conducting a webinar and podcast series on addiction.
  • The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) is conducting Canada’s first national medical student wellness survey.
  • A group from the University Health Network is conducting a project on adapting psychological skills to surgery, in response to physician stress and burnout.
  • A group from the University of Alberta is conducting a digital project on promoting dialogue and reflection on early clinical experiences.
  • A group from the University of Ottawa is conducting a project on the development and usability of an online mindfulness-based program for medical student wellness.
  • A group from Memorial University is conducting a project on helping physicians maintain health, knowledge, and skills as they age – recognizing the need to eliminate the stigma associated with aging.
  • A group working through the Canadian Psychiatric Association is conducting a project on “stigma-busting” for physician mental health. It involves the development of a model Continuing Professional Development Program for family medicine and psychiatry.