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Highlight: Doctors Beyond Medicine Podcast

July 17, 2020

  Residents across the PGME community have a number of talents outside of medicine and residency training. Dr. Tarun Soni is a PGY2 Family Medicine resident from the Vancouver-Fraser site. Please listen to his new podcast, Doctors Beyond Medicine, which interviews different residents at UBC and their experiences both inside and outside of residency.

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Meet Asmae, our new Resident Wellness Counsellor!

July 10, 2020

The Resident Wellness Office is excited to welcome Asmae el Bouhali to the Resident Wellness Team! Asmae is a Clinical Counsellor with membership with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She holds graduate degrees in Counselling Psychology and Human Development from the University of Ottawa and the University of British Columbia. Her undergraduate degree in Clinical […]

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The Bounceback Program: Effective tools to make beneficial changes to your mental wellbeing

June 16, 2020

The Bounceback Program is designed and facilitated by the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide tools and skills to help you manage your mental heath. The program is facilitated online with workbooks, activities, and videos, as well as access to an online coach. The program is free of charge.  

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Surprising Intimacy in Online Therapy Sessions

June 5, 2020

  While the Resident Wellness Office has always offered virtual counselling to residents who are unable to speak with one of our counsellors in person, the COVID-19 pandemic has transitioned all counselling sessions and other RWO supports online. Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist and journalist, shares her thoughts about how she feels closer with her patients as […]

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Banana Bread Recipe

May 29, 2020

Here is a delicious recipe for banana bread, shared by rock climber, B.A.S.E. jumper, blogger, food appreciator Steph Davis. On her website, you can also find discussions related to different topics such as resiliency after failure and loss, more delicious recopies, and about her mental thought process as she works through fear and self doubt […]

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An Atlas of Emotions

May 25, 2020

Learning about different types of emotions and events that may trigger a particular emotion within us can be helpful in learning we respond to particular emotions and how this influences our actions in different situations. This Atlas of Emotions, developed by the Dalai Lama, breaks down the process of processing emotions in a clear and […]

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Endurance versus resiliency: thriving in the face of adversity

May 19, 2020

Steph Davis is a professional climber, free solo climber, skydiver, BASE jumper, and writer. She is known for many first female ascents of challenging routes in Patagonia and throughout the US, as well as many successful first female free solo attempts. In her TedXTalks presentation, she shares her experiences in the mountains as opportunities to […]

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Raspberry Hemp Smoothie Recipe

April 27, 2020

Enjoy this quick, easy, and delicious recipe for a Raspberry Hemp Smoothie!

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RWO COVID-19 Resources

March 30, 2020

The Resident Wellness Office recognizes how the COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting your residency training in many ways. Our office has created a COVID-19 Resource Page, updated regularly, to provide support to residents at this time. Additionally, we recognize that this time is particularly stressful for many residents, and that group support at this time […]

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Managing stress, anxiety, or whatever else you may be feeling during the COVID-19 crisis

March 19, 2020

Throughout this outbreak of COVID-19, we recognize that you may be experiencing lot of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety. One step in learning how to manage these feelings is learning more about what anxiety is.         There are a number of resources that are available to you to help with these feelings: World […]

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What is Impostor Syndrome and how can we manage it?

March 12, 2020

Many residents experience impostor syndrome. There are numerous Reddit threads and other residency focused online communities  dedicated to discussing the experiences of impostor syndrome among residents. What can be done to address impostor syndrome? David Roche, elite ultrarunner and coach, discusses impostor syndrome within high performance populations. As David mentions: ” there is no light […]

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Controlling Your Self-Talk

March 9, 2020

Self-talk is the stream of unspoken thoughts that we constantly have in our head. Taking control of this self-talk to frame negative thoughts into constructive thoughts can be beneficial in reducing stress and enhancing your performance as you work towards your goals. Ultrarunner and certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology […]

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Recognize Warning Signs of Depression in Residents

February 28, 2020

Read about recognizing warning signs of depression in residents. If you think you or a peer needs support, please consider making an appointment to see an RWO counsellor, or have a look at the resources section of our website to look at other supports you have available to you.

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What is Radical Acceptance?

January 31, 2020

Rob Krar, a professional ultrarunner from Hamilton, Ontario, discusses the challenges he faces as he manages depression with his professional running career. He shares how frustrating it can be to work relentlessly towards a goal with setbacks such as major depressive episodes. He says that rather than fighting the feeling of falling into a dark […]

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What is Anxiety?

January 17, 2020

The feeling of anxiety can be useful in some situations, but can create challenges if the ways you experience anxiety occur more frequently and more intensely in ways that significantly disrupt your life. Anxiety Canada provides extensive information to help you learn more about anxiety. The resource tool My Anxiety Plan is a free curriculum […]

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Recipe- Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups!

January 6, 2020

For those also looking to partake in dessert appreciation, here is a healthy and easy-to-make recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups!

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Chasing Goals in the Face of Self Doubt

December 18, 2019

When I’m not working as the Program Coordinator for the RWO, I spend most of my free time running around the North Shore mountains. I wrote this article about running in the face of self-doubt, but I think many points can translate into chasing any challenging goals in the face of self-doubt.  As I write […]

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Working over the Holidays

December 13, 2019

Working over the holidays can be challenging! Read some suggestions that fellow residents have about how to make the most of the holidays. Other doctors share stories of how working over the holidays during their first year in residency was transformational in their professional development.

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RDOBC’s 2019 Christmas Market Social!

December 6, 2019

RDOBC’s 2019 Christmas Market Social will take place on December 20th from 7-11pm at Jack Poole Plaza. Go enjoy those unlimited carousel rides!

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Choose Wonder

November 21, 2019

Brendan Leonard just wrote a piece for his blog about how and why we can make an active choice to choose wonder in our daily lives over that voice in our heads that suggests disappointment, pessimism, and being generally unimpressed. Brendan Leonard is a writer, blogger, climber, ultrarunner, general outdoor adventurer, and recovered alcoholic. His […]

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Call for proposals to Creating Space 10, a National Health Humanities Conference

November 15, 2019

Call for proposals to Creating Space 10, a National Health Humanities Conference in Vancouver April 17-18, 2020. The theme is What’s in a Word: Exploring the Multiple Meanings of Humanism in Contemporary Healthcare and Health Professions Education.   All residents are warmly invited by the Canadian Association for Health Humanities (CAHH). Please consider submitting! Or […]

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Remembering Medicine in War

November 8, 2019

On Monday November 11th at 11am, which marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War, we traditionally take a minute of silence to reflect and give respect to the many Canadians who have made sacrifices in armed conflicts around the world. The impacts of war have had affects on the medical profession- […]

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Understanding Depression

November 6, 2019

Depression can be scary and very challenging to live with, and affects millions of people worldwide. The Word Health Organization explains depression and advocates for getting help when needed.

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Announcing the Award Recipients of the 4th Annual Postgraduate Faculty and Staff Wellness Awards

October 25, 2019

We are very pleased to announce the recipients of the 4th Annual UBC Postgraduate Faculty and Staff Wellness Award that was presented at the 12th Annual Resident Talent Night that took place on September 26th, 2019.   The UBC Postgraduate Faculty and Staff Wellness Award honours faculty and staff members in Postgraduate Medical Education who demonstrate leadership in resident […]

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Resident Talent Night 2019

October 4, 2019

The 12th Annual Resident Talent Night took place last week at the Medical Student and Alumni Centre! A great time was had by all, enjoying some beautiful photos and paintings in the artwork display before watching a large display of talent from residents, alumni, and even the Executive Associate Dean of Education, Dr. Roger Wong. […]

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Imposter Syndrome: what it is and how to manage it

September 6, 2019

Many people experience imposter syndrome during their residency training. The way Imposter Syndrome is experienced can differ based on a number of different factors, including gender. This gendered experience of Imposter Syndrome is not specific to medicine; other communities such as female endurance athletes experience Imposter Syndrome as a result of factors on both on […]

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Call for Nominations: 4th Annual UBC PGME Faculty and Staff Wellness Award

August 22, 2019

The 4th Annual UBC Postgraduate Faculty and Staff Wellness Award honours faculty and staff members in Postgraduate Medical Education who demonstrate leadership in resident wellness. This award recognizes faculty and staff members located at any site across the province. Do you know a faculty and/or staff member whose leadership and advocacy has helped to create […]

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Call for Performers and Artists at Resident Talent Night 2019!

August 9, 2019

The 12th Annual Resident Talent Night will take place on Thursday September 26th at the Medical Student and Alumni Centre. Perform at Resident Talent Night We are calling all singers, dancers, musicians, poets, comedians, gymnasts, magicians, and more, to perform at Resident Talent Night in front of our warm and supportive audience.  Interested residents (and […]

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Aim. Focus. Release: The RWO is launching a support group for residents on leave

July 30, 2019

Drawing on the evidence based approach of mindful self-compassion, the Resident Wellness Office is launching a support group for residents on leave on leave starting September 17th!

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

July 24, 2019

Enjoy this healthy and delicious recipe for Chocolate Banana Muffins!

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Join us at Resident Talent Night 2019!

July 22, 2019

Resident Talent Night, the UBC Resident Wellness Office’s most anticipated event of the year, will be taking place on Thurs. Sept. 26! Resident Talent Night celebrates the resident community’s many talents beyond medicine, including musicians, spoken word poets, singer-songwriters, dancers, martial artists, magicians, acrobats, comedians, and more. It’s also a chance to showcase resident photography, painting and […]

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Fitness and mental health: ultrarunners share how running helps them overcome past trauma and mental health disorders

July 4, 2019

Many people use fitness as a means to help manage their own mental health. Ultrarunners Amanda Basham, Meredith Edwards, and Kaci Lickteig discuss how they use their running to help battle their own experiences with eating disorders and past trauma. Jim Walmsley, one of the top ultrarunners in the world and winner of the recent […]

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Celebration of Canadian accomplishments in medicine

July 2, 2019

Happy Canada Day! Take a minute to reflect and celebrate valuable contributions Canadians have made to the medical field.

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Redefining impossible

June 17, 2019

Often residency training can feel daunting, overwhelming, and impossible. Running 100 miles can seem impossible too- until it isn’t. Watch Brendan Leonard and Jayson Sime, two normal guys, train and conquer Run Rabbit Run, a 100 mile endurance race in Colorado with over 20,000 feet of elevation gain. As narrator Brendan Leonard suggests, the mental […]

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Stinging Nettle Ice Tea Recipe!

June 7, 2019

Enjoy some Stinging Nettle Ice Tea as the heat and hot weather come!

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What is empathy?

June 3, 2019

Learn the difference between empathy and sympathy, and why empathy is important in creating a meaningful connection with others.

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How to minimize sleep dept and fatigue after night shifts

May 16, 2019

After a night shift, workers are generally highly fatigued and have and can accumulated a huge amount of sleep dept. Read ways that you can help mitigate negative effects of working night shifts on your sleep patterns and how to optimize your daily schedule to accommodate sleep deprivation from night shifts. This information guide, designed […]

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What to do when worry keeps you awake

May 14, 2019

Read about specific skills you can use to soothe nighttime anxiety.

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Yay fitness!

January 24, 2019

Looking for ways to keep fit during residency? Fitin30 is offering a discount on personal training to residents! Have a look at other Health and Lifestyle Discounts available to you as residents. Feel free to have a look at the RWO Community Events page, which outlines different community fitness activities available in locations around the […]

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