Physician Training and Leadership Education Opportunities

Wellness supports for physicians and their families: Physician Health Program

The Physician Health Program is a valuable resource for BC physicians, medical students, and residents as well as their partners and children. The program provides 24-hour access to a confidential helpline – anytime you need it – to receive support, referrals and counselling for challenges such as mental health, relationship stress, and career and life transitions. To learn more visit its website or call 1-800-663-6729.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills Physician Wellness Group Training

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills Physician Wellness Group Training Course is an 8-week course designed to provide practicing BC physicians with education and training to support their own mental wellbeing through evidence-based self-management strategies. Secondary benefits include increased awareness of CBT and its clinical applications and training in skills coaching for patients.

Each week consists of a 2-hour session facilitated by a specially trained family physician or psychiatrist, which accommodates a maximum of 12 learners (with a solo facilitator) or 24 learners (with two facilitators) to maximize opportunities for group discussion and questions. During the weekly workshops, participants will practice incorporating CBT Skills into their own unique situations.

Our second schedule of groups for 2022 is now open for registration. Additional sessions will be added as they are confirmed (see sessions below). 

For session dates and to join our waitlist where information on new groups will be shared, please complete the following form: 

Physician Quality Improvement Initiative

To support Family Physicians and Specialists in the development of their leadership and quality improvement skills, the Specialist Services Committee (SSC) and Shared Care Committee (SCC) provides funding support for tuition, travel and accommodation for physicians wishing to access leadership and/or quality improvement training through accredited training organizations.

Maximum funding of up to $10,000 per physician is available each fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). Physicians who wish to partake can contact their Department Head or other administrative head within VCH. For more information about criteria, funding restrictions and the application process, click here.

Physicians demonstrating the system will be remunerated at sessional rates for time spent delivering the session along with up to 1 hour of preparation time.