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Emotional Connection Amidst Physical Distancing

With Guest Fleur Yumol.
Hosted by Dr. Terrie Brandon
and Dr. Jane Lemaire.
Released on April 22, 2020
Episode Length: 13 mins and 4 secs
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This is the third and final episode in a multi-part joint podcast series from Well Doc Alberta and the Alberta Medical Association’s Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP). Throughout this series Dr. Jane Lemaire and Dr. Terri Brandon are joined by Fleur Yumol, a clinical social worker and the administrator of the PFSP’s 24-hour support line, to discuss strategies to promote physician wellness during the pandemic. 


In this episode, Fleur discusses the importance of emotional connection during the pandemic, strategies to stay connected while maintaining physical distancing, and things we should avoid in order to promote good mental health in these challenging times.

Learning Objectives

After hearing this podcast, listeners will be able to:

  1. Describe why maintaining emotional connection is especially important during the pandemic

  2. List three strategies to help maintain emotional connection during physical distancing

  3. Identify three things that should be avoided or minimized during physical distancing because they may be detrimental to your mental health

  4. Explain how moving to a place of curiosity can enhance emotional connection by avoiding judgement of others

Physician Support Services

If you need help now, the AMA's Physician and Family Support Line is available 24/7 for Alberta physicians and their families with personal and professional issues. Call 1.877.SOS.4MDS.

Click here for a list of other available support services that physicians may access.

Fleur Yumol MSc, MSW, RCSW
Fleur has 20 years of experience as a clinical Social Worker. She has a passion for people and organizations and recently started her own boutique organizational wellness company. 

She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Calgary. Fleur earned a Master of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from Lund University in Sweden where the focus of her thesis was understanding employee morale during an economic downturn. 

For over 20 years she has been working with physicians through the Physician and Family Support Program as a therapist and now as the administrator of the 24/7/365 support line. 

Fleur is passionate about physical health and well-being, having completed several marathons and triathlons, and loves white-water kayaking and rock climbing. 

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