Services for Resident Doctors

We provide support, referrals and counselling to all resident doctors licensed in BC. We can help with problems ranging from physical and mental health issues to financial and workload challenges, relationship stress, career transitions, and concern for colleagues.

24/7 confidential helpline

Call our 24-hour helpline and you’ll immediately be connected with a licensed clinical counsellor. We provide intake services and crisis counselling for resident doctors licensed in BC in any field, at any stage of their programs.

Help from a fellow physician

Access direct, one-on-one help for personal or professional issues. Whether you’re dealing with a complaint, a negative clinical outcome, workload stress or any other challenge, you’ll receive confidential support from a trusted colleague.

Help for a medical colleague

How can you help a colleague in distress? It’s not always easy to choose the right approach. If you are concerned about a physician, medical student, or another resident doctor, please contact us. We will plan and coordinate a series of confidential steps to ensure your colleague receives the help they need.

Strengthening professional relationships

A safe, cooperative and positive workplace is critical for patient care – and it directly affects your own wellbeing. We offer a range of services to help you enhance professional relationships, improve communication practices, and strengthen your mental and emotional resiliency at work.

Transitioning back to work

Returning to work after an illness or prolonged absence is seldom a simple process. We provide coaching, planning, and follow-up support to help you make a transition that both enhances your recovery and ensures the safety of patients.

Comprehensive health assessment

As resident doctors it is easy for us to take good care of our patients while delaying our own self-care. When we finally do ask for help, things can be serious and urgent. No matter how late you might have left things, we are here to help you. We will ensure you get the care you need in a timely way, keeping yourself and your patients safe.

Short-term counselling and coaching

Through us you have access to our province-wide network of clinical, vocational, financial, and other counsellors who can provide the short-term help you need. Our network includes both generalists and specialists in a number of areas, all of whom have experience in helping resident doctors.

Referrals to specialized coaches and therapists

We can also help you to find a specialized coach, counsellor or therapist who can address your specific challenges. These professionals operate outside of the Physician Health Program, and are not affiliated with our contracted and credentialed network.

Connection to a family physician

It can be tempting to diagnose and treat yourself, in the mistaken belief that your colleagues should save their precious time for those in greater need. But we’re all familiar with William Osler’s famous advice to the contrary. Having a solid relationship with a family physician of your own is an essential component of professional practice in medicine. We can connect you with a trusted colleague.