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Did you miss our 2023 Year in Review?

2023 was a busy year for Doctors Manitoba, our province and its physicians. In our Year in Review we highlighted:

  • New Physician Services Agreement
  • Doc 360 Physician Health Services
  • Celebrating Doctors More Than Ever
  • Bringing Members Together
  • Benefits — Protected and Expanded
  • Insurance Coverage for Members
  • Advocating in New Ways for Physicians
  • Inclusion & Diversity in Medical Profession
  • Serving you Better
  • New Opportunities with a New Government.

Read the full story.

Physician Health & Wellness Programs & Supports

Doctors Manitoba is committed to strengthening and supporting the whole physician. We work to ensure that every physician and medical learner has the support they need to deliver exceptional care to Manitobans. A significant part of this work is advocating for the health and wellness of our members and working to improve the environments in which members work and learn. 

We know that comprehensive physician health programming needs to encompass prevention and reduce stigma for help seeking behaviours, have treatment programs specific to the needs to physicians and medical learners and move beyond the focus on individual interventions. 

Webinar: Every Step of the Way: A Collaborative Approach to Physician and Learner Well-being

January 15, 2024 from 6:30 – 8:00pm
This webinar brings together a variety of organizations to share about the services and supports they provide, who is eligible to receive these services, and how these services work together collaboratively to support physicians, residents, medical students, and their family members in Manitoba. Learn more about the event and register.

NEW Group-Based Peer Support Opportunities 

Group peer support brings together people who share a lived or living experience and provides a confidential, non-clinical, supportive space where peers can listen without judgment, share insights, and provide hope and encouragement to one another. For information about current and upcoming peer support groups, click here.

  1. BIPOC Peer Support Group — January 17, 31, February 28, March 27, April 24, and May 29. — Register here to join our new virtual peer support group for medical students, residents, and practicing and retired physicians who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. For more information about the group, click here.
  2. Female Surgeons & Surgical Residents Peer Support Group — February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, and June 30 — Register here to join our new virtual peer support group for female surgeons and female surgical residents. For more information about the group, click here.

Physician Leadership: Supports for Future Leaders [Now Open to New and Established Leaders]

February 7, 14, 21, 28 (new) (6.30 – 8.30pm); March 20, April 17, May 22 (6.30 – 7.30pm)

Are you a new, established or future leader looking for experienced support and connection with colleagues? Due to popular demand, our Supports for Future Leaders’ offering is now open to new and established leaders as well!

Participants will engage in 4 workshops and 3 group coaching sessions with facilitators Tom Lloyd, MD and Dawn Martin, PhD, focusing on:

  • Self/​relational awareness and management 
  • Boundary setting for self, others and the group
  • Preventing misunderstanding and resolving conflict
  • And more, catered to the needs of the group

Space is limited! All sessions are virtual. See details here and register now.

Meet Dr. Tanja Borchers, Our Last Physician of the Week in 2023!

With a focus on palliative care, Dr. Tanja Borchers has dedicated her career to compassionate, patient-centered care in Southern Health-Sante Sud.Caring for families and children with life limiting illnesses, Dr. Borchers has met many brave and strong individuals and families who inspire her in many different ways and who teach her about resiliency and bravery. She often reflects​“on what a privilege it is to walk alongside patients and families who are navigating the hardest scenarios.” She tries to meet her patients and their families where they are, with kindness and understanding. Read more about Dr. Borchers and the other physicians featured as Physician of the Week in 2023.

CPSM Announces Leadership Transition

CPSM announced three significant leadership transitions within the organization. Dr. Anna Ziomek will retire as the Registrar and CEO of CPSM when her term concludes in December 2024. Dr. Ainslie Mihalchuk has been appointed Deputy Registrar by CPSM Council, effective January 1, 2024. On January 1, 2025, she will assume the role of Registrar and CEO. Dr. Karen Bullock-Pries, Assistant Registrar for Complaints & Investigations is retiring in June 2024. Read more and see the transition timeline.

Health System Updates

Manitoba Stroke Patients to Benefit from Intensive Rehabilitation in New Dedicated Unit
Manitoba stroke survivors will soon have access to specialized care and intensive rehabilitation tailored to individual needs, as the province’s acute stroke unit opens next week at Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Winnipeg. Read the full news release.

Brandon Clinic/​LibreMD Announcement
LibreMD proudly announces a pivotal transition of shares from MB Clinic to the well-regarded Brandon Clinic, signifying a continuous step forward in our commitment to enhancing healthcare in Manitoba. Read the entire announcement.

Manitobans Encouraged to be Aware of Apple Sauces with Elevated Levels of Lead
In early November, several brands of cinnamon-apple snack pouches were recalled in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to elevated levels of lead. It noted young children are more likely to consume these foods and are more sensitive to lead exposure. Read the news bulletin. 

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Upcoming Events

Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge, increase your awareness, or build leadership skills, we have many sessions planned! You can always review upcoming events on our events calendar page.

Mindful Practice in Medicine Workshop ‑February 21 – 24, 2024 in Banff

Direct from the renowned University of Rochester, the Mindful Practice in Medicine Core Workshop, developed by physicians to help medical practitioners and educators respond to the erosion of joy in their work, provides an experiential and interactive learning environment. The approach is evidence based – as it lessens the effects of burnout and improves well-being, engagement with work, and patient-centered compassionate care. 

Register for a retreat-like workshop designed to energize your clinical work while helping you find joy and resilience, through honing your self-awareness and deep listening skills that are keys to navigating stressful and demanding situations you face daily. 

  • Learn How To
  • Find meaning in your work
  • Effectively manage challenges in clinical work
  • Improve communication
  • Experience clarity and focus
  • Be part of a larger community
  • Be more resilient
  • Listen more deeply
  • Cultivate compassion and gratitude
  • Become more self-aware

Registration deadline is January 21st, 2024. Register here.

Immunotherapy Toxicity — Community Oncology Rounds 2023 – 2024Webinar — January 24, 20248 – 9am

Dr. Vallerie Gordon will be discussing Immunotherapy Toxicity. To join this session, you must register beforehand via Zoom to receive the instructions and link to join the Zoom Webinar. By attending this event you are eligible for 1.0 MainPro credit. Please click here to register. 

If you have questions about Community Oncology Rounds or Cases in Cancer, registering, or questions for our presenters on the topic, please send your questions to CCMBPrimaryCareEducation@​cancercare.​mb.​ca.