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Please join our new virtual peer support group for female surgeons and female surgical residents working in any surgical specialty. 

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

The goals of the group are to: 

  • increase community and connection 
  • lessen distress
  • identify and leverage strengths from participant’s lived and living experiences 

Register for one or more sessions here.

Upcoming Dates:

  • February 12: 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • March 11: 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • April 8: 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • May 13: 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • June 10: 7:00 – 8:30pm

If you would like more information or have questions about this group, please email the physician facilitator, Dr. Heather Ring.

Facilitators

Dr. Heather Ring (she/​her)

Dr. Heather Ring is an Obstetrician/​Gynecologist who trained at University of Manitoba and worked for 15 years at St. Boniface Hospital in a generalist OB/GYN group practice. She currently has added board certification in Lifestyle Medicine and is building a practice in this field along with assisting in the OR, prenatal clinics and working as the Wellness lead for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Ring has served as a Manitoba representative for 5 years on District VI ACOG committee and participated in mentorship programs. She has completed training in CBT‑m and Physician Health courses. Her second full-time job is as a mom to 4 wonderful children and married to a very busy executive husband. She is looking forward to starting this peer support program!

Fatima Siyarwareva (she/​her)

Fatima is a mental health specialist and a Registered social worker with over 15 years of experience. She works as a Therapist at Physicians at Risk. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and has been specifically trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. Fatima’s clinical interests are trauma, anxiety management, depression, healthy relationships, life transitions, self-care, and burnout. Fatima provides a client-centered approach and strives to create a safe and non-judgmental environment.