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Wellness at WRC

Physician self-care is a serious concern. We know that physicians and medical leaners are prone to burnout, which is defined by the World Health Organization as a ‘state of vital exhaustion.’ In the work place, burnout is defined by emotional exhaustion, de-personalization and reduced sense of accomplishment. We also know that medical learners with burnout are more likely to make mistakes, with lower cognitive performance and clinical reasoning. In addition, burnout may lead to other symptoms such as fatigue, absenteeism, decreased productivity and physician job satisfaction. If burnout is not addressed, it can lead to depression. Tragically, the rates of depression and suicide in practicing physicians and medical trainees are greater than in the general population. In response to this alarming evidence and to help physicians and medical learners protect against burnout, the Michael G. DeGroote Medical School at McMaster University (Waterloo Regional Campus) is actively promoting Wellness initiatives for their medical learners, and physician faculty members to build resilience and to teach about the importance of self–care.

Below is a list of current wellness initiatives being promoted by the Waterloo Regional Campus

  • WRC Wellness Committee

  • WRC Wellness Model

  • WRC Daily Wellness Strategy

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