According to the Quebec Physicians’ Health Program (QPHP), it is medical residents who consult them in the largest numbers, compared with family physicians and specialist physicians. The cause for the great majority of these consultations is psychological distress. Over the years, the scope of this distress and the complexity of the difficulties encountered have increased.
To meet the needs of these medical residents, the FMRQ’s Resident Wellness Committee has set up different projects to raise awareness in training settings of the difficulties experienced by medical residents: Medical Resident Day, held annually in the spring, and the Health and Wellness Tour, which aims to meet with program directors and their teams, as well as medical residents, to stimulate discussion that often helps correct situations before they become a problem.
Also, the distress suffered by certain medical residents sometimes has drastic consequences, when they decide to take their own lives. The Federation has set itself the mission of raising medical residents’ awareness of the resources to which they have access in such cases. Suicide is a desperate response associated with a problem of mental health. Action has to be taken. If you or a colleague are suffering from psychological distress, do not hesitate to consult the Quebec Physicians’ Health Program, the FMRQ or the physician of your choice; or get in touch with Suicide Action. Contact information for all these organizations may be found in the FMRQ’s Directory of resources.
d) Health and wellness activities
The FMRQ has been working for a number of years now on raising training sites’ awareness and identifying lasting solutions to these problems. In that regard, in December 2001 the Federation set up the Resident Wellness Committee (RWC) in order to find solutions so as to ensure the health and wellness of its membership within their training sites. The FMRQ’s actions have been taken with respect to medical residents themselves, but also to different stakeholders: aid offices, faculties, universities, medical federations and associations, government, etc.
RWC members have set up different projects to raise training sites’ awareness of the difficulties experienced by medical residents:
- FMRQ Health and Wellness Tour, which helps establish a dialogue on the question of the health and wellness of physicians-in-training through presentations in the different programs.
- Medical Resident Day
- Position statement on medical resident health and wellness (Lien vers lapublication)
- Bulletin on Prejudice, taboos and stigmatization (Lien vers lapublication)
- Bulletin on Medical residents’ health and wellness: an FMRQ priority (Lien vers lapublication)
- Handbook for pregnancy, adoption and parenthood (Lien vers lapublication)
- Wellness capsules