The office of Resident Affairs provides wellness services including resident specific support, triage and referrals to community services, academic counseling and accommodation supports to all post graduate trainees.

Our goal is to improve resident mental health and well being of Dalhousie medical residents.

There are numerous wellness resources and supports available to residents. We have highlighted a few as outlined below. Take some time to explore and become familiar with the various materials and supports.

Resident Peer Support Program

Have you been impacted by a medical error or adverse patient outcome & need support? Starting on March 1st, 2022, the Resident Affairs Office is launched a Resident Peer Support Program to provide CONFIDENTIAL help from fellow residents trained in providing peer support aligned with these basic elements:

  • Non-judgmental listening
  • ​Relatability
  • Problem solving guidance
  • Provision of resources

For more information or to access confidential Resident Peer Support from anywhere, please contact: 

Maritime Resident Doctors

Resident well-being is also a very important part of Maritime Resident Doctors. Residents are very busy and often aren't able to find the time to enjoy their life outside of work hours. We plan frequent social, recreation and family events to help residents get away, socialize, and de-stress. In addition to negotiating the Collective Agreement and improving working conditions, Maritime Resident Doctors works constantly to improve the well-being of its members. Mardocs works with several organizations to advocate on resident’s behalf. They have open communication with the teaching hospitals, Dalhousie University, the Maritime colleges of physicians and surgeons, the Maritime medical societies, the Maritime departments of health as well as numerous committees and boards across the health care spectrum.

Doctors Nova Scotia Professional Support Program (PSP) 

Doctors Nova Scotia Professional Support Program (PSP) offers confidential help to practicing and retired physicians, residents, medical students, and their families who are experiencing problems - whether they are personal or professional, financial or psychological, psychiatric or addictive.

Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) 

Maritime Resident Doctors has partnered with Shepell-fgi to provide an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) to all residents and your immediate family members. The EFAP is a confidential and voluntary support service that can help you find solutions to all kinds of challenges you may be faced with, at no cost to you. As a resident, you have 24/7 access to self-guided resources, as well as support over the phone and online. If you prefer to meet with a counselling professional in person, appointments can also be arranged. 

Click on the links below for more information.



Touched by Suicide: Hope and healing after loss

Dr. Michael Myers, Carla Fine P

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The Mindful Way Through Depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness

Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, John Kabat-Zinn

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Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends

Bruce Fisher

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A Physicians Guide to Coping with Death and Dying

Jan Swanson, Alan Cooper

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Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

Drs. Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky P&W

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  1. Staying Healthy as a Physician
    Dr. Mamta Gautam

  2. The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress
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  3. Brené Brown on The Power of Vulnerability

  4. Brené Brown on Empathy
  5. The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion
    Kristin Neff


  1. Grief & Loss

  2. Overcoming Perfectionism

  3. CALM: Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind