Recent projects

Since establishment of the faculty wellness office in September 2020, we have been collecting information to better understand the wellness needs across all departments in the Faculty of Medicine. The following initiatives are being developed to begin to meet these needs.

  • Peer Support Program – target start date of fall 2021
  • Wellness Leadership Program - in partnership with Organisational Psychologists at St Mary’s University 
  • Wellness Education Series including: addressing the 7 drivers of burnout, optimizing methods of feedback, addressing professionalism from a wellness lens 
  • Reflective Rounds to decrease compassion fatigue, address challenging experiences, increase empathy and enhance social support and community at work
  • Wellness Podcast Series

Peer Support Program

New Brunswick Medical Society Wellness programs for Dalhousie Faculty  [PDF 181 KB]
Name: Meaghan Sibbett, Manager NBMS Wellness
Phone: 506-875-6749
Website: (Log in required)

Doctors Nova Scotia Physician Wellness Offerings  [PDF 285 KB]
Professional Support Program (PSP)
Call 902-468-8215 or toll free 1-855-275-8215

Research in Medicine

We are fortunate to be working with three undergraduate medical students through the Research in Medicine program (RIM) to develop an early interest in and commitment to faculty wellness. Projects currently in development include:     

  • The Role of Stigma as a Barrier to Physician Wellness
  • Assessing the Impact of Reflective Rounds on Dalhousie Medical Faculty Physicians’ Level of Burnout and Professional Fulfillment
  • Investigating, Establishing, and Evaluating a Peer-to-Peer Support Network for Faculty Members within the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University

2021 Partnership with St Mary's University

Dalhousie Faculty Wellness Office is excited to be partnering with St Mary’s University to bring a bespoke wellness leadership program designed for high performance leaders across the faculty of medicine. This exciting project is designed to target the areas of leadership that we know from research has the most impact on burnout and job satisfaction, these areas include:

  • Understanding leadership style and its impact
  • Enhancing key leadership skills that directly impact wellness
  • Fostering psychological safety and engagement through strong yet caring leadership practices
  • Effectively managing workplace conflicts
  • Building transformational leadership skills

This project will be subject to a rigorous research protocol to ascertain its effectiveness on key areas we hope to impact including burnout, self-care, psychological safety and engagement.  We will be offering updates on this project as it unfolds and the project is due to commence in September 2021. Stay tuned for more information.

Wellness Leadership Program 2021 [PDF - 370 kB]