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Life Skills

Take care of yourself

Working in medicine can be incredibly rewarding. As a physician or health care worker, you spend your days helping others, alleviating their symptoms, managing their conditions and helping them heal.

But in a career that’s as stressful as it is fulfilling, it’s just as important to know how to take care of yourself. That’s why we’ve incorporated a life skills component into our Medical Humanities-HEALS program. We teach self-care techniques and reflective practices that will make you a healthier person—mentally, physically and spiritually.

Learn about our Gold-Headed Cane Award

Gold-Headed Cane Award (for our medical faculty)

2013 winners: Dr. R.N. Anderson and Dr. Geoffrey Turnbull

Since 2002, we’ve been recognizing Dalhousie Medical School physicians for their remarkable combination of scholarly attainments, humanism, professional skills and service, as well as their excellence as role models for others in the medical humanities.

This award, which was launched by Dr. Jock Murray and supported by an endowment from Dr. Gerald and Gale Archibald, is represented by a gold-headed cane and a generous monetary award to the recipient.  

In 2008, we began awarding a second Gold-Headed Cane Award, in an effort to recognize deserving physicians practicing in Nova Scotia. The recipients are selected and awarded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

Previous Gold-Headed Cane Award Recipients:

  • 2013: Dr. R.N. Anderson (medicine- retired); Dr. Geoffrey Turnbull (digestive care and endoscopy)
  • 2012: Dr. Brian Hennen (family medicine); Dr. Michael Igoe (internal medicine)
  • 2011: Dr. Wendy Stewart (neurology); Dr. Rajender Parkash (internal medicine)
  • 2010: Dr. Lara Hazelton (psychiatry); Dr. Tim Benstead (neurology)
  • 2009: Dr. Gerri Frager (pediatrics); Dr. Anne Barry (family medicine)
  • 2008: Dr. Richard Goldbloom (pediatrics); Dr. Lynn Johnston (infectious diseases)
  • 2007: Dr. Margaret Casey (family medicine)
  • 2006: Dr. Vonda Hayes (family medicine)
  • 2005: Dr. Ian Cameron (family medicine)
  • 2004: Dr. Ivar Mendez (neurosurgery)
  • 2003: Dr. Jock Murray (neurology)
  • 2002: Dr. Ronald Stewart (emergency medicine)
One of our projects

Physician Well-being:  Skill Sets to Support Physician Well-being - Development and Dissemination

Investigators:  Gerri Frager, Wendy Stewart

The project:  A three-phase study examining physician well-being from the physician’s viewpoint. 

Phase 1: a questionnaire asking physicians their perceived gaps in work-related well-being, methods on enhancing work place well-being, and what they would like incorporated into a physician well-being initiative (symposium and workshops).

Phase 2: a Physician Well-being Symposium, held in November 2012 (based on the results of Phase 1).  

Phase 3: a recurring series of workshops targeting physician skills which advance well-being.