What is Well Doc Alberta?
Physician wellness is an important responsibility shared by individual physicians, the medical profession, and healthcare systems. Well Doc Alberta is an initiative aimed at advancing a collaborative, co-operative, pan-provincial approach to physician wellness. Our work, focused on education and prevention, is supported by the science of physician wellness and driven by need. We work with physicians at the grassroots level and with leadership to grow capacity, empower change, shift culture, and achieve our vision of “Shaping the future of physician wellness, together.”
Our team supports participating Physician and Non-Physician Collaborators to develop and deliver education resources, and works with our Stakeholder Panel to advance physician wellness across the province.
How Will Well Doc Alberta Achieve Its Goals?
While many great physician wellness resources already exist across the province, there is still an immense demand for advice and evidence-based education resources delivered by content experts. This demand cannot be met by a single individual or group. Well Doc Alberta aims to help fill this gap by providing a forum for collaboration, consolidating resources, facilitating broader access to resources, and developing new resources around physician wellness for all career stages and physician demographics.
What Does Well Doc Alberta Offer?
We provide consultation around how to advance physician wellness, collaboratively develop and update evidence-based resources tailored to each audience, provide content delivery by trained experts, and utilize a train-the-trainer model to increase capacity for resource delivery. Our resources are focused on:
Enhancing literacy and awareness around physician wellness
Promoting self-reflection about physician wellness and how to effect change, considering both individual- and system-level factors
Coaching for change at the individual- and system-level to enhance physician wellness
Our funding—provided through the combined support of the Canadian Medical Association, Scotiabank, and MD Financial Management—does not include monies for research projects, interventions, or event sponsorship (with the exception of our annual Symposium).
Well Doc Alberta's Pyramid of Resources
We Are ALL Well Doc Alberta
Well Doc Alberta extends far beyond our core team—we offer a collaborative, pan-provincial approach to physician wellness. While we are an independent and neutral entity, we actively partner with those invested in physician wellness, including Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Medical Association and its Physician and Family Support Program, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Covenant Health, the Health Quality Council of Alberta, Primary Care Networks, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and patients. Our success depends on the involvement of healthcare stakeholders across all of Alberta to build capacity and effect change.