on the Front Lines of a Pandemic

With Guest Dr. Shannon Ruzycki.
Hosted by Dr. Jane Lemaire.
Released on May 13, 2020
Episode Length: 15 mins and 11 secs
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In this episode, Dr. Jane Lemaire is joined by Dr. Shannon Ruzycki, Associate Director of Physician Wellness and Vitality for the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary, to discuss the challenges of staying well on the front lines of the pandemic.


Dr. Lemaire and Dr. Ruzycki discuss how the focus on physician wellness has shifted with the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of personal protective equipment (PPE), how shiftwork is impacting sleep and nutrition, and some tips and strategies to maintain wellness in these challenging times.

Learning Objectives

After hearing this podcast, listeners will be able to:

  1. Identify three practical issues related to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

  2. List strategies to mitigate the negative psychological and physical effects of PPE.

  3. Explain how working on the front lines during the pandemic affects sleep and nutrition.

  4. List strategies to combat the challenges facing sleep and nutrition while on the front lines during the pandemic.


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Shannon Ruzycki, MD, MPH, FRCPC


Shannon is a general internist who works in Calgary, Alberta at the Rockyview General Hospital and the Foothills Medical Centre.


She is also the Associate Director of Physician Wellness and Vitality for the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

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