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Navigating the Depths of Imposter Syndrome in Medicine: Insights from “This Changed My Practice” (CPD)

February 15, 2024

The fast-paced, demanding field of medicine is a space where healthcare professionals, particularly residents, feel the onset of imposter syndrome. Acknowledging and facing this phenomenon head on is essential for the well-being of the residents the Resident Wellness Office support. Recently, our office came across a thought-provoking article the UBC CPD page titled, “This Changed […]

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January’s Peer Supporter of the Month!

February 3, 2024

It’s a bright new year and the Resident Wellness Office is excited about what 2024 will bring for the Peer Support Program! The RWO will be looking forward to organizing a Peer Support appreciation dinner in the spring, as well as potentially offering another training in late 2024 if demand is there. Additionally, the wellness […]

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2023 A Year in Review: Resident Wellness Team Reflections

January 22, 2024

As we close the chapter on 2023, the Resident Wellness Office (RWO) proudly reflects on a year filled with growth, support, and new accomplishments in our initiatives. Let’s take a moment to recognize some of the key highlights that have made a significant impact on the well being of residents and our office as a […]

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Reflections on ICRE 2023: Empowering Residency Through Advocacy and Nurturing Environments

January 11, 2024

In October 2023, members of the Resident Wellness team had the privilege of attending the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) in Halifax, NS. ICRE was a gathering that brought together professionals from around the globe to explore and discuss the latest developments in residency education. The conference was a source of insight and inspiration, […]

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December’s Peer Supporter of the Month!

January 3, 2024

The New Year is upon us but we can’t move forward without paying homage to all the wonderful work our Peer Support team did this year! In 2023, the Resident Wellness Office received 43 Peer Support requests, which is three times the amount of requests from 2022. The RWO is proud of all of the […]

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November’s Peer Supporter of the Month

December 7, 2023

November was a busy month in the Resident Wellness Office for Peer Support reach outs. Our team is grateful that programs, residents, and program directors are gaining awareness on the program supports that are available during emotionally distressing events. Eight requests for Peer Support came through our portal in November 2023 and we were able […]

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Introducing the 2023 Wellness Initiative Fund – Elevate Your Resident Experience this Holiday Season!

December 1, 2023

The Resident Wellness Office is excited to announce the 2023 Wellness Initiative Fund, an exciting opportunity for residents to foster well-being within their community. Applications are now open until December 15th, 2023. Why Participate? Wellness lies at the heart of our values, and the Wellness Initiative Fund aims as a one-time opportunity to empower residents […]

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October’s Peer Supporter of the Month!

November 2, 2023

October was a successful month at the Resident Wellness Office for Peer Support and we are thrilled to share some updates. In the end of September and mid-October 2023, the RWO hosted two virtual Peer Support trainings in collaboration with Dr. Jo Shapiro from Harvard. During the two hour training, attendees had experiential learning and […]

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Celebrating 10 Years of Enhancing Resident Wellness!

October 16, 2023

We did it, one full decade! This fall marks the 10th anniversary of the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Resident Wellness Office (RWO) and a decade of enhancing the well-being of UBC resident doctors who are training and providing care in communities across the province. We are thrilled and pleased to share our 10 year anniversary article written […]

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September Peer Supporter of the Month!

October 10, 2023

The journey of a resident doctor can be both rewarding and challenging. The long hours, intense workload, and emotional strain can take a toll on even the most dedicated healthcare professionals. In the midst of this demanding environment, Peer Support programs have emerged as a lifeline for residents, offering them a safe space to share […]

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August’s Peer Supporter of the Month!

August 24, 2023

Introducing Dr. Gurmeet Sohi, the Resident Wellness Office’s Peer Supporter of the Month. Dr. Sohi has been a peer supporter since participating in the training with Dr. Jo Shapiro in 2021. During the training, Dr. Jo Shapiro emphasizes that “the practice of medicine is filled with immense rewards and challenges. Our training and culture have […]

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Introducing, Peer Supporter of the Month!

July 27, 2023

The Resident Wellness Office is pleased to announce our newest initiative– “Peer Supporter of the Month” to highlight some of the amazing Peer Supporters that provide reach outs to residents seeking support and validation after an emotionally distressing event. In 2021, the RWO piloted the Peer Support Program derived from Dr. Jo Shapiro’s model from […]

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RWO 2022 Highlights!

December 15, 2022

As we take a moment to pause, reflect and remember the strides the Resident Wellness Office has made many in 2022, we are proud of resources we have offered, the lessons we have learned, and the projects we have worked towards. We can’t wait to see what the new year holds. In 2022, we started […]

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Internal Medicine Retreat: A Panel on Career & Work/Life Balance!

July 15, 2022

How Do Residents Manage Work/Life Balance? Last month at Robson Square, the Resident Wellness Office was invited to partake in the Internal Medicine Retreat. The afternoon took place for residents to gain further education during a day of talks, including a panel moderated by one of our very own Resident Wellness Counsellors, Elizabeth Sabine. Elizabeth […]

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RWO Services Return to Surrey Memorial Hospital!

July 14, 2022

It’s been over two years since the Resident Wellness Office has had a presence at Surrey Memorial Hospital due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Academic Half Days being virtual. We are so pleased to announce that we will be returning in person! Wellness services in Surrey will be available every second and fourth Thursday of […]

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Meet our New Resident Wellness Counsellor Nish!

June 27, 2022

The Resident Wellness Office is excited to welcome Nish Laszczuk to the Resident Wellness Team! Nish joined the RWO in April 2022. She is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers as well as the Ontario College of Social Workers. Nish will currently be providing Individual Counselling support via Zoom and […]

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New Elder Support Indigenous Counselling Pilot

April 29, 2022

The Resident Wellness Office could not be more thrilled to announce that we are now offering Elder Support as of April 2022.  We are honoured to have been connected with Elder Jean Wasegijig who is Odawa First Nation, from the Wikwemikoong Reserve in northern Ontario. Elder Jean is of the Bear Clan and her traditional name is […]

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UBC Continuing Professional Development: Practice Survival Skills Conference June 12, 2021

May 18, 2021

Registration now open for this year’s Practice Survival Skills Conference: What I Wish I Knew in My First Years of Practice taking place Saturday, June 12.  Join for practical tips, virtual exhibit & job fair!  Practice Survival Skills Conference: What I Wish I Knew in My First Years of Practice Jun 12 (Sat) | 0900–1400 PDT  +Add to […]

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Free Mindfulness for Healthcare Summit!

May 14, 2021

Mindfulness for Healthcare A FREE VIRTUAL SUMMIT • May 20-23, 2021 Learn how mindfulness and compassion practices can support patient care, personal well-being, and an inclusive healthcare system. Please visit the website for information about how to register!

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UBC Resident Parenting Guide!

April 29, 2021

Created by a group of UBC residents who are also parents, this comprehensive UBC Resident Parenting Guide provides information for those who are parents during residency!

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Transition Resource Guide

April 23, 2021

This Transition Resource Guide has been developed by counsellors working in UBC Housing to help people across the whole UBC Community to address the challenges of transitions in the times we are in right now. 

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New Session of the Support Group for Residents on Leave!

April 9, 2021

The Resident Wellness Office is excited to share the dates for our next session of the Aim, Focus, Release Support Group for Residents on Leave! The Support Group uses the evidence-based approach of Mindful Self-Compassion to develop healthy coping skills to challenging situations. Dates: April 29th, April 26th, May 3rd, May 11th Facilitated via Zoom […]

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The Wellbeing Convene!

March 16, 2021

The Wellbeing Convene is a free online webinar series focused around various topics in wellness for members of the Faculty of Medicine community, including residents, graduate students, and medical students. Upcoming webinars include Growing Resilience and Yoga & Activism for Wellbeing! Visit their homepage for further information and registration links.

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Chili Recipe

March 1, 2021

Runners and cooks Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Copecky have developed many nourishing recipes to fuel busy people! Enjoy this chilli recipe! Shalane and Elyse are the authors of the Run Fast East Slow cookbook, full of nourishing meals, snacks, drinks, and sauces for busy athletes- and doctors! 😉

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Facing Self-Doubt

January 22, 2021

Over a year ago, I wrote an article for the online media organization Trail Sisters, which works to increase inclusivity and accessibility for women accessing trails. This article looks into continuing to work through challenging situations in the face of self doubt. Particularly in the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, I think reflecting on […]

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Launch of Monthly Drop-In Wellness Rounds!

December 16, 2020

Wellness Rounds is a confidential, resident-only discussion that allows learners to connect, offer one another support, learn some helpful coping tools, and share in the successes and challenges experienced in residency.   Starting January 13th, the Resident Wellness Office is launching monthly drop-in Wellness Rounds for all residents every second Wednesday of every month from […]

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New Start Date for the Support Group, Residents on Leave!

December 11, 2020

Back in Fall 2019, the Resident Wellness Office launched a support group for residents currently on medical leave, where residents learn healthy coping skills through the evidence-based approach of mindful self-compassion. The launch of this program was met with success, including positive responses from participants: “This group has been very helpful to me because it made me […]

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Psychological PPE for COVID

December 4, 2020

This UBC Changed My Practice article provides practical and effective tools to help your mental health during the specific demands of the pandemic, from the perspective of a physician. Please reach out to the Resident Wellness Office if you would like additional support or resources!

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The Some Work, All Play Podcast!

November 20, 2020

Megan Roche, M.D., and David Roche host a podcast called Some Work, All Play, focusing on a number of topics from the standpoint of self-compassion and unconditional love while offering evidence-based research to offer insight into different discussions. In their most recent episode, the Roche’s discuss the challenges, complexities, and beauty of relationships, particularly in […]

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Aim, Focus, Release: New Launch of the RWO Support Group for Residents on Leave!

October 16, 2020

Back in Fall 2019, the Resident Wellness Office launched a support group for residents currently on medical leave, where residents learn healthy coping skills through the evidence-based approach of mindful self-compassion. The launch of this program was met with success, including positive responses from participants:    “This group has been very helpful to me because it made […]

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The 13th Annual Resident Talent Night 2020 was a huge success!

October 1, 2020

  On Zoom, Dr. Julia Zazoulina, R4, displays a hoop performance at Resident Talent Night 2020, with emcees Dr. Laura Halperin and Dr. Carmen Wong watching (Internal Med, R2s)   Talent Night 2020 Recap!    Hello members of the PGME Community!   Thank you very much for attending the 13th Annual Resident Talent Night!    Talent Night […]

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