MD’s4Wellness – Well Doc Series

Since 2018, MDs4Wellness has been a joint committee of the North Shore Division of Family Practice and Lions Gate Hospital Medical Staff members, with a focus on physician well being through social and educational activities.  Starting in 2024, we will be hosting an ongoing event series where specific topics pertaining to physician satisfaction, growth, and flourishing are being presented and discussed. MDs4Wellness will also be hosting several social events throughout the year, such as snowshoeing at Cypress this winter, hiking on the North Shore trails, and a potential summer beach picnic.

Feb 13, 2024, Self Compassion, Your Untapped Superpower, with presenter Jen Baxter. See the this link for the presentation:

 Jan 11, 2024, Physician (un)Wellness: A Review of the Landscape and Finding Some Solutions Within with presenter Dr. Simon Pulfrey, LGH ER Physician. If you were unable to attend, we have posted a video recording of the presentation below.

Coaching Opportunity for LGH Physicians

Please see the linked document on an opportunity for LGH Physicians for Certified Coaching, led by Dr. Simon Pulfrey, LGH Emergency Physician & ICF ACC Organizational Coach.

Dr. Pulfrey is offering a pilot certified coaching initiative with capacity for 10 LGH physicians to receive a total of 4 hours of virtual coaching each (i.e., 4 one-hour 1:1 sessions). Goals of the sessions are to help coachees develop an individualized approach towards optimizing work/life balance, develop leadership skills, enhance academic interests, improve communication skills, (re)bolster sense of physician meaning in patient care, foster skills of resilience, self-compassion, and move from surviving towards thriving. There is no cost for physicians to partake.

Questions and/or requests to partake may be directed to Dr. Pulfrey directly, at

UBC Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills Physician Wellness Group Training

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


The course is delivered virtually in real-time over the span of 8 weeks. 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.

Skills Gained

During the weekly workshops, participants will practice incorporating CBT Skills into their own unique situations. The program also requires reflective exercises and learners’ personal commitments to practice change, as well as weekly readings, resources and interactive content via an online portal.

Learners can claim up to 48.0 Mainpro+ credits/16.0 MOC Section 1 credits.


All physicians can benefit from the UBC CPD Physician Wellness Groups. Priority placement will be given to physicians from select regions who may be interested in proceeding with advanced facilitator training.

UBC CPD Physician Wellness Groups are available until December 2024. Schedules for these groups will be provided as groups are confirmed. Please see below to register.

If you are unable to participate in a group this fall, or are interested in joining a group in the new year, please join the waitlist where information on new groups will be shared:

2SLGBTQIA+ Affinity Group

Vancouver Coastal Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has a new affinity group for 2SLGBTQIA+ staff and medical staff. This group meets to connect, network and foster a sense of community. The purpose and focus of this group will continue to evolve collaboratively with those attending. This group is open to all VCH staff and medical staff who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We respectfully ask that those who don’t identify in this way understand the need for an exclusive space, and refrain from joining this group. We thank you for your allyship.

Co-organized by Dr. Joy Masuhara & Parker Hewes

This meeting will be facilitated by Parker Hewes (they/them); VCH Prism Services; Alexis Baker, MSW RSW (they/she); Trans Specialty Care; and Dr. Joy Masuhara (she/they).

If you have not previously registered and want to receive notification of the meetings, please email For accessibility considerations, including attending anonymously please contact

Physician Health Program – Wellness Supports for Physicians and Their Families:

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 Issues can include: physical health, mental health and addictions, relationship issues, workplace issues and burnout. To learn more visit its website or call 1-800-663-6729.

VCH Employee Wellness

VCH Employee Wellness was extended to all medical staff during the pandemic. As a result, all medical staff have access to the full suite of employee wellness services which includes financial coaching. You can also go to this link to learn more:

VCH access to wellness services on LifeWorks digital platform

VCH provides all medical staff with access to personalized wellness resources through a digital platform from LifeWorks. These free digital wellness resources are available 24/7 from anywhere on mobile or web. Read the memo to learn more.

Physician Peer Support Program

Contact the Physician Peer Support Program and be connected with a trained physician peer supporter. Any physician who works within VCH who would like to be connected with a peer supporter can do so by emailing the Program at For more information click on this link: Physician Peer Support Program ( Peer Support Program (