Given growing concerns with physician burnout and disengagement, supporting physician health and wellness is a priority for Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS). This means investing in efforts to support physicians before they become burnt out and unwell, as well as providing services to physicians who need personal and professional support.
Restoring the Joy in the Practice of Medicine
In January 2020, DNS engaged a consultant to conduct a brief environmental scan to support the development of a framework to guide the organization’s efforts in supporting physician wellness. The results of that environmental scan were used to help develop a framework that will guide the association’s work to support physician wellness in the coming years.
Restoring the Joy in the Practice of Medicine takes a three-pronged approach, working at the individual, community and system levels to bolster physician wellness, create strong communities of physicians and influence organizational change.
The framework is supported by funding through the Scotiabank and CMA Affinity Fund.
Building strong connections between colleagues not only helps physicians grow professionally but can also help inoculate them against burnout. Doctors Nova Scotia’s physician mentorship framework fosters connections within the profession, develops physician leaders and enables knowledge transfer.
The physician mentorship framework is being launched in phases, with Compass and Study Support launched in November 2021. These two programs connect physicians who completed the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program with other experienced physicians. Other programs, launching in 2022, will provide mentorship opportunities for physician leaders and connect early career and retiring physicians. Learn more here.
Professional Support Program
Doctors Nova Scotia’s Professional Support Program (PSP) provides confidential peer-to-peer support for members and their families who are dealing with personal or professional problems.
The PSP program responds to the mental health and wellness needs of members and also supports initiatives, workshops and other resources that promote wellness, resiliency and balanced living.
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