There are a variety of weekly group sessions available that address a range of topics, including critical needs and emerging strategies to support physicians and learners during the pandemic and beyond. Group support sessions are offered in different formats/approaches and are delivered by facilitators who have received formal training and featured sessions focus on specific topics, concepts, tools and/or population segments.

 Please read the session descriptions below and select the group that best suits your needs and interests.

Formal peer support group sessions will be facilitated by a physician trained in formal peer support. They will involve discussions about the individual and occupational factors affecting physician health and wellness (e.g., physical activity, diet, work—life integration, collegiality, efficiency), as well as dialogue around critical needs and emerging strategies to support physicians, residents and medical students during the pandemic and beyond. The specific topics will vary from session to session, as they will emerge organically from the needs and interests expressed by each group. Some examples of potential topics are issues related to increased work hours and workload, personal protective equipment, personal and professional relationships, and the adjustment physicians are experiencing with providing virtual care. Group sessions for learners could involve dialogue around challenges learners are facing with the shift to online learning.

Note that these are not therapy sessions.


These group sessions will be facilitated by a licensed psychologist and will involve supportive discussions with colleagues related to responding to COVID-19. The specific topics will vary from session to session, as they will emerge organically from the needs and interests expressed by each group. Some examples of potential topics are issues related to increased work hours and workload, personal protective equipment, personal and professional relationships, the adjustment physicians are experiencing with providing virtual care, and the closure of walk-in clinics because of reduced patient visits. Group sessions for learners could involve dialogue around the challenges learners are facing with the shift to online learning.

Note that these are not therapy sessions.


Compassion Rounds provide a safe space to talk about the heart of your work, to practice self-care and learn new tools. Feel heard through small group sharing, learn mindfulness, resilience and self-compassion and feel uplifted through gratitude practice and guided relaxation exercises. In the teaching segment we cover topics such as work-life balance, family relationships, communication under stress and the physician personality. We then move to sharing in groups of 3 and finish with a gratitude practice and live meditation. Compassion rounds are dynamic, interactive and educational. Emerge stronger, happier, and inspired.

Note that these are not therapy sessions.


These interactive Mindful Parenting Group sessions will help physicians find their own calm and self-awareness in order to navigate parenting challenges with greater ease. Participants will experience and learn mindfulness practices, attitudes and approaches that will shed light on parenting and family stress and build an ability to pause and proceed with wiser, more effective actions. Practical skills and tips including communication and interpersonal strategies will help physicians improve family dynamics including relationships with children of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. These sessions are also suitable for physicians looking to increase their own sense of well-being and develop better work-life balance. Physicians are invited to attend individual sessions or return each week for new themes and skills.

Note that these are not therapy sessions.


Psychological First Aid sessions will be facilitated by a medical psychotherapist and aim to provide group members with easy-to-use practical techniques to reduce anxiety and psychological distress using a psychological first aid approach that has been adapted for clinical use. The evidence informed tools are based on key elements of psychological first aid, psychotherapeutic techniques including mindfulness, and trauma informed therapy. Participants will practice these stress-relieving tools during the sessions and will also learn how to use the tools and skills with patients, family members and peers.

Note that these are not therapy sessions.


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