About our Program
What do we do?
Our program is committed to promoting the well-being of members of the Faculty of Medicine.
The Faculty Wellness Program (FWP) is an official, working group of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine. It is committed to the enhancement of the well-being of all members of our Faculty, including Faculty Members (Clinical and Non-Clinical), Students (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Postgraduate), and Support Staff.
Terms of Reference
The Faculty Wellness Program is a standing program within the University of Ottawa's, Faculty of Medicine.
The mandate of the Committee is to assist the Director of the Faculty Wellness Program, and the Dean of the Faculty, in promoting the health and well being of members of the Faculty of Medicine (Faculty members, Support Staff, Residents and Students,).
Health and Wellness Promotion
- To promote a comprehensive understanding of health and wellness as it applies to medical professionals, and its relationship to the provision of excellent clinical care, teaching, and research
- To promote educational programs designed to enhance participant’s attitudes, knowledge, and skills in the area of medical student and physician well being
- To work with the Faculty in identifying and addressing health and well being needs of its support staff
- To maintain a confidential resource list of professionals skilled at working with medical professionals
- To offer immediate support as well as facilitate referrals to external professionals
- To promote research in physician health and Faculty wellness
- To offer support to the Office of Student Affairs when requested and appropriate.
- To partner with community agencies where appropriate and possible (e.g. Academy of Medicine, Ottawa; Ontario Medical Association's Physician Support Program; Canadian Physician Health Network; and, the Canadian Medical Association's Centre for Physician Health)
- Director, Faculty Wellness Program (ex-officio) will act as Chair of the committee
- Assistant Dean, Professional Affairs
- at least one member of Faculty support staff (two year term)
- at least one medical student selected by the student society (two year term)
- at least one official representative from each Department of the Faculty (two year term)
- at least one resident selected by PAIRO (two year term)
- at least one member representing the basic sciences (two year term)
- at least one graduate student selected by the graduate student's society (two year term)
Subcommittees may be formed to address special issues.
History of the program
In 1994, Dean John Seely struck a Task Force on Professional Stress, which was co-chaired by Noni MacDonald, MD and Simon Davidson, MD.
The Task Force identified, validated, and defined the serious issue of stress among physicians generally, and specifically those within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Highlights of their work included:
- the Neighborhood Watch Program (a prevention initiative to guide faculty in looking out for stress in themselves and their colleagues)
- the Connector Program (an intervention facilitation progam which helped to link faculty with the resources they need)
- a wellness assessment tool was developed and tested, in conjunction with Dr. Linda Duxbury, Dept. of Economics, Carleton University
- numerous educational events were held throughout the Faculty
The Task Force was also part of the launch of the Faculty's Faculty Wellness Program. Mamta Gautam, MD (Psychiatry) was the Program's first director and continued in that role until 2002.
- Approved by Faculty Council April, 2004
What can we offer to you?
- Departmental Consultations on Wellness
- Individual referrals to health care providers, financial advisors, counselors or therapists
- Educational interventions shaped to suit the need of your group, program, or department
- Information on conflict resolution