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Group-Based Peer Support

Group peer support brings together people who share a lived or living experience and provides a confidential, safe space where peers can listen without judgment, share insights, and provide hope and encouragement to one another.

Peer support is confidential and, though peer support may complement clinical approaches, it is not clinical treatment or therapy. It is an evidence-based approach shown to improve coping and self-management skills while lessening distress. 

Currently, Dr. Shelley Anderson facilitates two groups: one for DRMB members with substance use concerns and/​or addiction and another general-purpose group for members struggling with burnout, anxiety, stress, and other mental health concerns. With the recent increase in funding from the new Physician Services Agreement, we have expanded the number of physician peer support groups offered, particularly for equity-deserving DRMB members. 

Members with Substance Use Concerns (Hybrid)
Physician Facilitator: Dr. Shelley Anderson 

  • For Medical students, residents, and practicing and retired physicians with substance use and/​or addictions concerns. If you’re interested in attending, call the PAR intake line at 2042378320.

Members with Burnout, Anxiety & Other Mental Health Concerns (Hybrid)
Physician Facilitator: Dr. Shelley Anderson 

  • For Medical students, residents, and practicing and retired physicians who are struggling with burnout, anxiety, stress, mood disorders or other emotional/​mental health concerns. If you are interested in attending, call the PAR intake line at 2042378320.

BIPOC Members (Virtual)
Physician Facilitator:
Dr. Dilinna Onyiah 

Female Surgeons & Female Surgical Residents (Virtual)
Physician Facilitator: Dr. Heather Ring 

Indigenous Medical Learners (Virtual)
Physician Facilitator: Dr. Yvette Emerson 

  • For First Nations, Métis, and Inuit medical students and residents. More information will be coming soon. 

Neurodiverse Medical Students
Physician Facilitator: TBD 

  • For medical students who identify as neurodivergent (no formal diagnosis required). More information will be coming soon. 

For more information about Doctors Manitoba’s group-based peer support initiatives, email Kate McIntyre, the Physician Peer Support Coordinator, at kmcintyre@​doctorsmanitoba.​ca.

Learn more about the well-being supports available to Doctors Manitoba members and their families at Doc360​.ca.