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“The peers aspect of this program really works because, as doctors, we share common ground and understand the unique challenges of this profession. Whether it is an issue at work or home, it is sometimes easier to talk to a peer because they understand the context without explanation."

Dr. Ryan Davey, Wellbeing Lead for the Division of Cardiology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Peer-to-peer program supports doctors

Research shows that COVID-19 burnout is taking a severe toll on universities’ clinical faculty and that there is a crucial need for peer support.

Western University’s Peers for Peers program is the first of its kind in Canada based at an academic centre. It provides support through empathetic listening and shared experience. Faculty leads are trained to provide an empathetic ear, and are well-versed in resources for professional therapy if they deem it necessary.

The program aims to keep doctors on an even keel – for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their patients.

For more information, visit Western University.