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  • Books & Articles


    1. In the Realm of hungry ghost: close encounters with addiction. Gabor Mate, MD
    2. The biology of desire - why addiction is not a disease. March Lewis PhD
    3. Understanding the high-functioning alcoholic. Sarah Benton  
    4. Adult Children of AlcoholicsWoititz, J. 
    5. Persistent next-day effects of excessive alcohol consumption on laparoscopic surgical performance. Gallagher AG., Arch Surg.  2011; 146 (4): 419-426.
    6. Achievement and Addiction: A Guide to the Treatment of Professional. Nace EP., New York:  Brunner/Mazel; 1995.
    7. The Natural History of Alcoholism. Vaillant, G.E. 
    8. Healing the Healer: The Addicted Physician. Angres, D., et al.
    9. The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease
    10. Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book

    Relationship Well-Being

    1. Wired for Love - how understanding your partners brain and attachment style can help you defuse conflict and build a secure relationship. Stan Tatkin, PsyD.
    2. Medical Marriage. Gabbard G., Menninger R., Washington, DC. APA Press; 1988.
    3. Getting the Love you Want: A Guide for Couples. Hendrix, H. 
    4. The Relationship Cure - A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening your Marriage, Family and Friendships. Gottman J.
    5. Doctors’ Marriages: A look at the Problems and Their Solutions. Myers MF., 2nd edition. New York; Plenum Publishing; 1998.
    6. The Medical Marriage: A Couples Survival Guide. Sotile WM., New York: Carol Publishing; 1995.
    7. Beat Stress Together. Sotile WM., New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc; 1998.


    1. Professionalism: Social media mishaps. Collier, R., 2012. 
    2. Does Money Matter? Determining the Happiness of Canadians. Centre for Study of Living Standards, 2010.
    3. Strategic Career Management for the 21st Century Physician. Gigi Hirsch, MD. The American Medical Association, 2000.
    4. What Next: Find the Work that's Right for You. Barbara Moses. Toronto: Dorling Kindersley, 2009.
    5. Career Renewal: Tools for Scientists and Technical Professionals. Stephen Rosen & Celia Paul. San Diego: Academic Press, 1998. 
    6. Good to Great. Collins J., New York: Harper Collins Publishing Ltd; 2001
    7. The Myth of Male Power. Warren Farrell
    8. Strategic Career Management for the 21st Century Physician. Hirsch, G., AMA, 2000.
    9. On Call. Transue, E.
    10. Staying Human During Residency Training. Peterkin AD., Ottawa: Canadian Medical Association; 1991.
    11. The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn't. Sutton, R.

    Mental Health / Emotional Wellness

    1. When Panic Attacks. Dr. David Burns
    2. Emotional Intelligence. Daniel Goleman
    3. Suicidal Ideation Among American Surgeons. Shanafelt TD., Arch Surg. 2011 (146 (1): 54 -62.
    4. Some Psychologic Vulnerability of Physicians. George, E., et al.
    5. Mindfulness for Health. Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman
    6. Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World . Mark William
    7. Quiet the Mind: An illustrated Guide on How to Meditate. Matthew Johnstone
    8. Codependent No More - How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself. Beattie M.
    9. Games People Play: The psychology of human relationships. Berne E., New York: Ballantine Books; 1964.
    10. The assertive Advantage - a guide to healthy and positive communication. Bower, S
    11. Coping with Stress in the Health Professions: A Practical Guide. Burnard P., London: Capman and Hall; 1991.
    12. Feeling Good: The new mood therapy. Burns D., New York; Williams Morrow and Co.; 1980
    13. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. Douglas S.
    14. Stress Management for Dummies. Elkin A., Forster City CA; IDG Books worldwide, Inc.; 1999.
    15. The relaxation and stress reduction workbook. Davis M, Eshelman ER, McKay M., Oakland Ca: New Harbinger Publications; 1982.
    16. The Power of Kindness: The unexpected benefits of leading a compassionate life. Ferruci, P., New York:  Tarcher/Penguin, 2006.
    17. The Gifts of Imperfection. Brene Brown 
    18. Hauntings - Dispelling the Ghosts who Run our Lives. James Hollis, PhD  
    19. Anger – Wisdom for cooling the flames. Hanh TN., Penguin Books. 2001.
    20. Mind Over Mood; Changing How You Feel By Changing The Way You Think. Greenberger D., New York: Guilford Publications; 1995.
    21. The Truth About Burnout. Maslach C, Leither MP., San Francisco; Josey- Bass Publishers; 1997.  
    22. Taken in part from “Iron Doc – Practical Stress management tools for physicians” – Gautam, M and Vincent Hanlon – PFSP assessment physician.
    23. Mindfulness for beginners. Kabat –Zinn, 2 CD. Sound True, 2006.
    24. Full catastrophe Living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain and illness. Zin, K., 1990.
    25. The Resilient Physician: Effective Emotional management for Doctors and their Medical Organizations. Sotile WM., Chicago; AMA Press; 2002.
    26. The Reality Slap. Harris, R.
    27. Wherever you go there you are. Kabat – Zinn, Hyperion books. 1994.
    28. The Happiness Trap. Harris, R.
    29. Peace is every step. Hanh TN., New York. Bantam Books. 1991.

    Wellness and Health

    1. Body Intelligence - lose weight, keep it off. Edward Abramson Ph.D 
    2. Mindful Eating - A guide to rediscoverying a healthy and joyful relationship with food. Bays, J.
    3. Savor - Mindful eating, mindful life. Hanh TN., Harper Collins. 2010.
    4. What the Internet is Doing to Our BrainsThe Shallows. Carr, N., 2010, New York: Norton.
    5. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons - "Physician Health Guide"
    6. Iron Doc – Practical Stress Management tools for Physicians. Gautam, M., 2nd edition. 2011.
    7. When the Body Says No - The cost of Hidden Stress. Mate, G., Vintage Canada. 2003.
    8. CMA Guide to Physician Health and Well-being: Facts, Advice and Resources for Canadian Doctors. Myers MF., Ottawa; Canadian Medical Association; 2003.
    9. Is Sleep the new vital sign? Wilson JF., Annals of Internal Medicine 2005; 142:10, 877-80.
    10. Western Journal of Medicine. Jan 2001 – entire issue is devoted to Physician Health.
    11. In defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Pollan, M., Penguin, 2008. 


    1. Children: the Challenge. Rudolf Dreikurs
    2. What our children teach us: Lessons in Joy, love and awareness. Ferruci, P., New York; Warner Books, 2001. 
    3. Your competent child. Juul, J., New York: Ferrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1995.
    4. Healing the Child Within: Discovery and recovery for adult children of dysfunctional families. Whitfield, C.
    5. Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study.VJ Felitti, et al,. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 1998;14:245-258.

    Life in a Digital World 

    1. To friend, or not to friend, that is the question...or is it? Mistry, N & Macri, R., 2012CMAJ. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.120838.
    2. Hamlets Blackberrybuilding a good life in the digital age. Powers, W., 2010. New York: Harper Perennial.
    3. Digital natives, digital immigrants: a new way to look at ourselves and our kids. On the horizon. Prensky, M., 2001;9:1-6. Available:
    4. The Creative Destruction of MedicineHow the digital revolution will create better health care. Topol, E., 2012. New York: Basic Books. 
    5. Alone Together—Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. Turkle, S., 2011. New York: Basic Books


    1. Boundaries - when to say yes, how to say no to take control of your life. Drs Henry Cloud and John Townsend (strong Christian perspective).
    2. The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho
    3. The Art of Travel. De Botton, A., New York: Vintage 2002. 
    4. What is Spiritual Intelligence?  Vaughan, F. Journal of Humanistic Psychology
    5. Into the Great Silence. Documentary about life in a Carthusian monastery. Groning, P., 2005.
    6. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. Haidt, J., New York:  Basic Books, 2006.
    7. What Really Matters? Kleinman, A., Oxford: Oxford university Press, 2006.
    8. Road to Santiago: A modern Day Pilgrimage through Spain. Nooteboom, C., Harcourt, 1992.
    9. A hidden wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. Palmer, P., San Francisco:  Jossey – Bass, 2004.
    10. The Road Less Traveled – A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth. Peck, M. S., Touchstone. 1978.
    11. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal. Remen, R., New York: Riverhead Books, 1996.
    12. My Grandfather's Blessing. Remen, R.
    13. Kitchen Table Wisdom. Remen, R.
    14. Dropped Threads (1 and 2). Shields, Carol and Anderson, M., Toronto. Random House, 2001, 2003.

    References (below) provided from PMI. For more information and resources visit

    1. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Sinek, S. Pegnuin. 2009.
    2. The Advantage. Lencioni, P. Wiley, John & Sons Inc. 2012.
    3. Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Power Tools for Live and Work. Adams, M. G. Berrett-Koehler. 2009.
    4. Crucial Converstations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High. Patterson, G. McMillan & Switzler, 2nd ed, 2012, McGraw-Hill.
    5. Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization. Kegan, R and Laskow Lahey, L. 2009. Harvard Business School Publishing.
    6. The Devision Book50 Models for Strategic Thinking. Krogerus, M and Tschappeler, R. Norton, 2012. W. W. & Company Inc.
    7. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Patient and Lead. Brown, B. 2012. Penguin Group.
    8. The Gifts of Imperfection. Brown, B. 2010. Hazelden.
    9. I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power). Brown, B. 2007, Penguin.
    10. Confidence. Moss Kanter, R. 2004. Crown Business.
    11. Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future. Senge, P. M., Scharmer, C. O., Jaworski, J., Flowers, B. S., 2004. Random House.
    12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey, S. R., 1989, Free Press.
    13. The 8th Habit. Covey, S., 2004, Free Press.
    14. A Sense of Urgency. Kotter, J. 2008 Harvard Business Review Press. 2008.
    15. Leading Change. Kotter, J., 2996, HBS Press.
    16. Integrity - The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality. Cloud, H. 2006, Harper Collins.
    17. Thinking, Slow and Fast. Kahneman, D. 2011, Doubleday Canada.
    18. The Tarzan Rule: Tips for a Healthy Life in Medicine. Gautam, M. 2011, Partner Publishing.
    19. Good to Great. Collins, J. 2001, Harper Collins.

    Articles and HBR Blow Network

    1. Women on Boards: Not Just the Right Thing... But the Bright Thing. Brown, D. A. H., Brown, D. L., Brown and Vanessa Anastasopoulas, May 2002. Conference Board of Canada.
    2. Women in Senior Management - Where Are They? August 2011, Conference Board of Canada.
    3. The Great Disappearing Act: Genfder Parity Up the Corporate Ladder. Coffman, J., Gradiesh, O., Miller, W., 2010, Bain & Company.
    4. Balance at the Top: Encouraging Work-Life Effectiveness for Executives. Mclean, D., Brady, P., and Bachman, K., 2003, The Conference Board of Canada.
    5. Unlocking the Full Potential of Women at Work. Barsh, J., and Yee, L., April 2012, McKinsey & Company.
    6. Gender Shouldn't Matter, But Apparently It Still Does. Zenger, J., and Folkman, J., April 4, 2012, Harvard Business Review.
    7. Why Great Leaders Are in Short Supply. Rosebush, J., March 30, 2012, Harvard Business Review.
    8. Does Your Passion Match Your Aspiration? Kanter, R. M., March 29, 2010, Harvard Business Review.
    9. The Frustrating Gap of Physician Leadership Skills. Physician, June 19, 2012.
    10. The Clearest Path to a Career That's Right for You. Barnet, B. June 1, 2012, Harvard Business Review.
    11. Three Questions for Effective Feedback. Delong, T. J., Aug 4, 2011, Harvard Business Review.
    12. Turn Your Career into a Work of Art. Petriglieri, G. April 24, 2012, Harvard Business Review.
    13. 15 Steps for Successful Strategic Alliances (and Marriages). Kanter, R. M., June 1, 2010, Harvard Business Review.
    14. The Thought-Patterns of Success. Saunders, E. G., April 30, 2012, Harvard Business Review.
    15. Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. Halvorson, H. G., Feb 25, 2011, Harvard Business Review.
    16. Resilient Leadership for Challenging Times. Around-Thomas, M., MD, July-August 2004, The Physician Executive.
    17. For People to Trust You, Reveal Your Intentions. Hill, L., Lineback, K., April 20, 2012, Harvard Business Review.
    18. Four Tips for Building Accountability. Kanter, M., August, 2009, Harvard Business Review.
    19. Seven Truths about Change to Lead by and Live by. Kanter, R. M., August 23, 2010, Harvard Business Review.
    20. On Twitter and in the Workplace, It's Power to the Connectors, November 2009, Harvard Business Review.
    21. How Leaders Become Self-AwareTjan, A. K., July 29, 2012, HBR Blog.
    22. Strategic Alliances Can Make or Break Female Leaders. Hewlett, S. A. June 20, 2012. Harvard Business Review.
    23. Issues of Concern for the Aging Anesthesiologist. Jonathan D. Katz, MD. Anesth Analg, Vol. 92: 1487-92. 2001.
    24. Enhancing the Professional Fulfillment of Physicians. Shanaree Brown and Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD. Academic Medicine, Vol. 81, No. 6/June 2006.
    25. The Missing Link in Academic Career Planning and Development: Pursuit of Meaningful and Aligned Work. Susan J. Lieff, MD, MEd, MMan. Academic Medicine, Vol. 84, No. 10/October 2009.

    The Broader View

    1. Robert Klitzman, MD. When Doctors Become Patients. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
    2. Alain de Botton. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. London: Penguin, 2009. See also his book Status Anxiety, 2004.
    3. Rachel Remen, MD. My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging. New York: Riverhead Books, 2000.
    4. Robert J. Wikcs. Simple Changes - Overcoming Barriers to Personal and Professional Growth. Notre Dame: Sorin Books, 2000.
  • Guides & Brochures
  • Ideas for wellness rounds
    1. Burnout
    2. Gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual orientation discrimination
    3. Behavioural addictions - what is your bad habit?
    4. Substance abuse disorder - what you need to know
    5. Sleep - an important link to health
    6. Exercise physiology
    7. Nutrition on the run/nutrition improves cognition
    8. When bad things happen -- coping with loss (work related)
    9. Workplace health 
    10. Medical marriage - how to make yours better - includes the gay/lesbian couples
    11. Emotional intelligence and managing self and others 
    12. Healthy conflict and boundaries 
    13. Mindfulness 
    14. Alcoholism - the family disease
    15. Disruptive professional 
    16. Technology and boundaries 
    17. Children; parenting joys and challenges
    18. Stress management techniques
    19. Understanding anxiety, depression and PTSD 
    20. Intimacy and sexuality
    21. Leadership and leadership skills
    22. Maintaining relationships during training and beyond
    23. Physician parents - unique issues
    24. Spirituality
    25. Professionalism - reasonable expectations
    26. Generational issues
    27. Interdisciplinary relationships
    28. Major transitions
    29. Career planning
    30. Coping with change
    31. Caring for a colleagues
    32. Financial planning
  • Mentorship
  • Selftest

    These questionnaires should be used with caution, and should only be used to identify potential areas of difficulty. Major life decisions should not be made based on the results of what is found. If the tests result in a consistent pattern that a person finds concerning to them, he or she should go to someone trained to properly assess these problems.

    Screening Tools

    1. RENEW-o-METER Test

    How Resilient am I?

    1. Anxiety & Depression: Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale
    2. Substance Abuse
      1. A review of addictions-related screening and assessment instruments: Measuring the measurements
      2. Chart of Evidence-Based Screening Tools for Adults and Adolescents
    3. Process Addictions - Diagnostic instruments for behavioural addiction: an overview
    4. PTSD - PTSD Screening Instruments
    5. Resilience - Resilience Scale
    6. Relationship Health - Relationship Assessment Scale
    7. Assertiveness - Self-Assessment of Social Styles
    8. ADHD - Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale: Symptoms Checklist

  • Videos


    1. Want to be Happy? Be grateful. David Steindl-Rast
    2. The power of vulnerability. Brene Brown., TEDTalk 
    3. Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders. Sandberg, S., TEDTalk
    4. Dare to Disagree. Hefferman, M., June 2012, TEDTalk (Great Teams Allow People to Disagree).
    5. How Great Leaders Inspire Action. Sinek, S., Mary 2010, TEDTalk (based on 2009 book "Start With Why?")
    6. Social Media and the End of Gender. Blakley, J., Feb 2011, TEDTalk (recorded at TEDWomen).


    1. Happiness 101. Tal Ben-Shahar, Harvard Psychologist and Educator.
    2. Living With Your Hands Off Your Ears. Bregman, P., Nov 2010, TEDxFlint (independently organized TEDtalk).
    3. The Forward Thinking Boardroom: Chance Favors the Connected Mind. Johnson, S., May 2011.
    4. Zooming: How Effective Leaders Adjust Their Focus. Kanter, R. M., March 2011.
    5. Manion Lecture at the Canada School of Public Service in Ottawa. Homer-Dixon, T.


    1. How to Flex Your Confidence Muscle. Femme-o-nomics, @femmeonomics
  • Websites

    Physician Health & Wellness

    1. ePhysicianHealth
    2. Physician Wellness - CMPA
    3. WellMD - Stanford Medicine
    4. Canadian Medical Association
    5. Centre for Sleep
    6. Nutrition Action
    7. Diet Doctor
    8. Strategic Framework to Reduce the Risks of Substance Use Disorder in Anesthesiologists (Mar 2016) 
    9. Strategic Framework to Reduce the Risks of Substance Use Disorder in Anesthesiologists (Jan 2016)

    Well-being of Physician Relationships 

    1. Sacred Union
    2. Relationships: What works for physicians? 
    3. Get early assistance for relationship challenges by Dianne Maier, MD
    4. Medical Marriage: Making Yours Better - Practical Tips
    5. The Well-being of Physician Relationships By Michael Myers

    Family Wellness 

    1. Adverse Childhood Experiences - Aces too high
    2. Alberta Family Wellness
    3. Adverse childhood experiences and future health - CBC radio ideas 'All in the Family" (podcasts) part 1, part 2, part 3
    4. Sacred Union
    5. Physician and Family Support - Alberta Medical Association


    1. Boundaries Source List
    2. Maintaining Boundaries
    3. Boundaries Training Curriculum
    4. Workbook: Building Better Boundaries

    Addiction Help

    1. Alcoholics Anonymous
    2. Al-Anon Family Groups
    3. International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous
    4. Physicians and Family Support - Alberta Medical Association

    Support and Wellness for Students

    1.  Postgraduate Resources - University of Alberta

    Workplace Health Resources

    1. Team B.E.A.R. Committee Terms of Reference

    Managing Disruptive Behavior in the Healthcare Workplace


    In collaboration with related organizations, the College developed a comprehensive guidance document and toolkit to help fairly and effectively address cases of disruptive behavior* by physicians in the healthcare workplace. It’s recognized that behavior of this type by physicians is rare, however, the impact on the quality of care provided to patients, patient safety and employee morale can be significant.

    Although the focus of this initiative is physicians, the information can also be adapted for use for other healthcare providers.

    *Disruptive behavior can be passive or aggressive in its approach, and may include objectionable language, uncontrolled anger and verbal and physical threats. 


    Dr Susan Ulan, Assistant Registrar
    (780) 969-4940 or 1 (800) 561-3899 ext. 4940 (in Alberta)