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Support Services for
Physicians and their Families

Resources in British Columbia

Physician-Specific Resources

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British Columbia Physician Health Program (PHP)

About: Provides 24/7 confidential support for physicians in BC seeking to pursue counselling, coaching, addressing career and life transitions, strengthening professional relationships, experiencing substance use, finding a family physician, and addressing concerns for a colleague’s well-being. In addition, the PHP allows users to directly connect with a physician colleague for peer-to-peer support. PHP services are available to all BC physicians, medical students, residents, and retired physicians.
Contact Information: 1-800-663-6729
Availability: 24/7

Doctors of BC

About: Doctors of BC has many provincial supports available to physicians such as Insurance Advisors, a Practice Support Program, support for physician leadership training, and more.

Contact Information: 1-800-665-2262

Availability: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm PT (Mon – Fri)

Doctors of BC Regional Advisors and Advocates

About: Doctors of BC has a team of Regional Advisors and Advocates (RAAs) who support physicians in the communities where they live and work. They are the first point of contact to assist you in seeking services and support from Doctors of BC.

Contact Information: List of RAAs and Contact Information

Availability: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm PT (Mon – Fri)

Local Wellness Supports – Division of Family Practice

About: Some Divisions of Family Practice undertake programs to ensure that physician members experience greater professional satisfaction by participating in a division. These programs may include social events, professional development, and educational opportunities.

Contact Information: 1-800-665-2262

Availability: Varies

Resident Doctors of BC

About: Resident Doctors of BC (RDBC) is a professional association that represents 1,300 resident doctors working across the province. RDBC offers various initiatives to encourage resident wellness such as an after-hours food program, resident lounge support, group sports funding, and more.

Contact Information: 1-888-877-2722

Availability: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm PT (Mon – Fri)

University of British Columbia (UBC) Resident Wellness Office

About: The Resident Wellness Office is committed to providing confidential support services that meet the unique needs of residents and their partners. They help empower residents to take care of their mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being by facilitating a community of care amongst the resident body through evidence-based counselling services, workshops, support groups, wellness initiatives, and research.

Contact Information:

Availability: Book appointment online

Vancouver Coastal Health LifeWorks Employee and Family Assistance Program (for all residents)

About: All residents are eligible for services through the Vancouver Coastal Health LifeWorks Employee and Family Assistance Program. Services include counselling, financial support, and elderly and child care (full list of supports can be found here).

Contact Information: Login to the VCH Portal to access services

Availability: 24/7

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