Faculty of Medicine COVID-19 Wellness Series: Psychological PPE: Exploring Compassion Fatigue and Learning How to Keep Ourselves Psychologically Well

Webinar Video

Health care professionals everywhere are tirelessly working around the clock to provide the best possible care for their patients in these unusual circumstances. Consequently, many of them are experiencing personal psychological concerns such as stress, exhaustion, and guilt, to name a few.

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Join us on Wednesday, May 27 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (ET) as we explore the impact of compassion fatigue and burnout on health care professionals, particularly physicians, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our speakers will also share how to develop skills (psychological PPE) to optimize your own personal health and mitigate the psychological impact of our work.


Jennifer Russel MD FRCPC
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Psychiatrist, Physician Health Program
Clinical Director, Compass Line
BC Children’s Hospital


Françoise Mathieu MEd CCC RP
Executive Director, TEND
Compassion Fatigue Specialist
Chair, CARE4YOU Conference
Author, “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook”


College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro+ One-Credit-Per-Hour (Group Learning)
This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 1 Mainpro+ credit.


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim up to a maximum of 1 hour (credits are automatically calculated).

About the Faculty of Medicine COVID-19 Wellness Series

Some of us are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Some are in the background, trying to keep our health system operating at peak efficiency. Others struggle with feeling sidelined, doing their part by remaining home to reduce community spread, yet wanting to find other ways to help, as well as continue their work and home responsibilities. Wherever we find ourselves, we are united by a desire to respond to the pandemic. But for all of us that desire is accompanied by stresses and strains. These are unique to each person and each situation, but they are real and we can’t simply push our way through them or pretend they don’t exist. We know supporting wellness — emotional and physical — is an essential element in fostering the high performing, respectful and sustainable community we seek in the Faculty of Medicine.

This webinar series provides education about some of the key areas that faculty members are identifying as important to maintain their wellbeing during the time of COVID-19.

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