Support and Wellbeing
Urban and Rural Residents
Self-care is often something that can be easily set aside, or sacrificed, during a busy residency. The Program wants to ensure that all residents are well supported with respect to their own personal wellness, and the wellness of their families. It is for this reason that we ask all residents to ensure that they have a local family doctor. Having this set up early, and ahead of any concerns arising, ensures supports are already in place, and makes dealing with these types of issues much smoother, particularly when you and your doctor already have a relationship.
All members of the Alberta Medical Association have access to The Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP). The PFSP provides confidential support and help with personal health issues. you and your immediate family (spouse/partner and children under 25) can be connected to a family doctor. They additionally provide support for counselling services, when required. The PFSP is a highly confidential program, and your information is not divulged outside of the program.
You can contact the PFSP directly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-877-767-4637 (SOS-4MDS). To find out more about the PFSP, you can go to their website at: www.albertadoctors.org/services/physicians/pfsp.
Below there are a number of other resources available to you and in some cases, members of your family, should you find yourself needing additional assistance.
Your primary preceptor/faculty adviser, Division Director, and Program Director are always people that you can contact if you have any concerns about your own wellness.
- Finding a Family Physician
- Physician and Family Support Program (Alberta Medical Association)
- Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA)
- Resident Safety
- Resident Wellness
For further support for rural residents, please see the Resident Support page on the RPAP Alberta Rural Family Medicine Network website.