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Being Human:
Thoughts on Humanity
in Medicine

With Dr. Jane Lemaire
Released on October 14, 2021
Episode Length: 12 mins and 43 secs
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In this episode of the Well Doc Alberta Physician Wellness Podcast, Garielle Brown (Evaluation & Measures Specialist and Physician Wellness Podcast Coordinator with Well Doc Alberta) hosts a discussion with Dr. Jane Lemaire about humanity in medicine. The podcast is based on comments originally presented by Dr. Lemaire during the keynote session of the 2020 International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH), a joint conference between the British Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the Canadian Medical Association, held in London, England on Monday, April 26, 2021. Dr. Lemaire explores what humanity means and how it relates to the practice of medicine, and why ensuring the integration of humanity into medicine is important for patients, physicians, and the healthcare system. She also shares her vision for a medical profession that embraces being human.

Learning Objectives

After hearing this podcast, listeners will: 

  1. Define humanity

  2. Describe how humanity relates to the practice of medicine

  3. List ways that integrating humanity in medicine can benefit patients, physicians, and the healthcare system

  4. Evaluate their own thoughts about what it means to be human in the context of also being a physician


Jane Lemaire MD, FRCPC


Dr. Jane Lemaire is one of the Directors for Well Doc Alberta. She is a Clinical Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, and Vice Chair, Physician Wellness and Vitality, Department of Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She and her research colleagues have passionately advocated for recognition of physician wellness as a quality indicator of healthcare systems, and a shared responsibility for physician wellness that lies with individual physicians, the medical profession, and healthcare systems. Dr. Lemaire received the 2016 Canadian Medical Association Misericordia Award for her contributions to physician wellness.

Dr. Lemaire is also the Director of Wellness at the Office of Professionalism, Equity, and Diversity, as well as the Wellness Lead at the W21C Research and Innovation Centre, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. The W21C Wellness team has studied determinants of physician wellbeing, explored workplace nutrition on physician wellness, and studied the influence of coping strategies and personalities on physician wellness. Recent research explores how contextual factors within the complex healthcare work environment are linked to physician wellness, and patients’ views on physician wellness and how it links to patient care.

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