Medical training and residency are particularly stressful times.  Lack of sleep, high expectations to learn quickly and perform well, financial concerns, and trying to balance time for self and family are some of the tough realities of medical training.  Medical students and residents may also feel reluctant to seek out help if they are struggling, worrying that it may affect their evaluations. 

Medical students and residents need not suffer in isolation.  Help is available.  Even if medical training needs to be interrupted in order for someone to obtain appropriate treatment, the PHP can help negotiate a return to training and provide support in the transitions from medical school to residency, and from residency to independent practice.

As part of our comprehensive service, we provide:

  • prompt advice and support to medical students and residents who feel troubled or at risk, their families, and concerned colleagues
  • preliminary assessment
  • intervention co-ordination
  • referral for counselling and clinical services and
  • monitoring, case management and advocacy for substance use disorders, and psychiatric disorders

We respect a caller's privacy and maintain confidentiality to the greatest possible degree. Names of referral sources are also held in confidence when requested.

Useful resources for medical trainees:

Ontario Medical Student Association (OMSA) is the dedicated student voice of the OMA. They represent the views and concerns of the over 3,000 Ontario medical students on number of issues.

Scrub In - A publication for medical students in Ontario

Wellness programs are available at University medical schools and graduate programs including:

University of Western Ontario

University of Toronto Resident Wellness

University of Ottawa Wellness Program

The Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO)
PARO hot line: 1-866-HELP-DOC (1-866-435-7362) 24-hour crisis line operated by the Crisis Centres of Toronto.

Anne Berndl M.D. SO, You Want to Be a Doctor Eh? A Guidebook to Canadian Medical School. Raymond Alberta: Writing on Stone Press, Inc. 2007.

Alan D. Peterkin M.D.  Staying Human During Residency Training (How to Survive and Thrive after Medical School) 4th Edition. Toronto:  University of Toronto Press Incorporated, 2008.





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