McMaster University

McMaster University

Physician Mental Health Resources

PARO Distress Helpline

24-Hour Hotline: 1-866-HELP-DOC (1-866-435-7362). For residents and medical students

Resident well being services for McMaster residents.

Assistant Professor (Part-time) Department of Family Medicine

Ms. Spironello specializes in life work balance and wellness.

She is trained to recognize and address compassion fatigue in those in the caring profession. In her private practice, “Choose Wellness” she uses a mindfulness approach to assist others in improving wellness in body, mind and spirit. For more information please refer to her website.

You may contact Ms Spironello at 905-730-0754

Visits are covered under the Resident Benefit Plan as per the PAIRO Agreement. Visits are confidential.

To promote resident wellness, the PGME Office will pay for the initial visit.

Physician Health Program

Ontario Medical Association's Physician Health Program & Professionals Health Program is a confidential service providing assistance on issues, such as stress, burnout, mental health, and substance use issues, to both physicians and their families. They offer expedited referrals to third party providers with expertise in physician health. Call 1 800 851-6606 or visit: Physician Health Program & Professionals Health Program

Physician Health Education Web Sites

Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) has created a Medical Student Program
that encompasses referenced articles on 7 high-yield wellness components, including "physical", "emotional", "social", "financial", "nutritional", "spiritual" and "sleep". The site also offers online wellness tools and helpful services and links. is the world's first comprehensive, online physician health and wellness resource designed to help physicians and physicians-in-training become resilient in their professional and personal lives.

CMA Centre for Physician Health & Well-being

The CMA Centre for Physician Health and Well-being is a centre of excellence providing leadership, education, and research to keep Canadian physicians healthy.

CMPA Physician Wellness

The CMPA is committed to learning more about physician stress arising from adverse events and medico-legal issues and in developing ways to help our members deal with stress. The “Sharing experiences” section of this web page will allow physicians to benefit from the insights and coping strategies of their colleagues, and to realize that they are not unique or alone when confronted with such problems.


MoodGym is an innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook, and feedback assessment.

Overcoming Perfectionism

Overcoming Perfectionism is an information package designed to help you understand what is helpful and unhelpful about being a perfectionist. The goal is not for you to give up your high standards altogether, but to learn to pursue healthy high standards rather than unrelenting high standards that negatively impact your life. This Infopax is organized into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.

Mental Health Online

Mental Health Online is a comprehensive, online mental health service from Swinburne University of Technology offering information, assessment, online diagnosis, and treatment programs ("eTherapy") for anxiety disorders.

Depression Center (DC)

The Depression Center (DC) offers a 16-session interactive course written by a team of practicing therapists and research scientists. The course is continually updated with feedback from real users. One of the most popular tools is the moderated online discussion board. Trained health educators guide discussions and maintain a helpful, accurate, and supportive environment. In addition, the Depression Center programs provide a wide range of useful features, including downloadable workbooks; homework and tracking sheets; the Mood TrackerTM, which is an interactive tracking tool to monitor symptom improvement over time; weekly check-ins and reviews; a baseline assessment; a progress tracker; and glossaries with easy-to-understand explanations of common terms and medication.

Panic Center

Using a 12-session approach, the Panic Center (PC) is designed to help those suffering from anxiety and panic disorders. Outcome results have demonstrated a “dose-response” relationship, with significant improvement in frequency and severity of anxious episodes after only four sessions. As with the other programs, the moderated online discussion boards provide a supportive and anonymous means of connecting with others. Trained health educators guide discussions and maintain a helpful, accurate, and supportive environment. After the confidential registration is completed, users have access to a wide range of features, including: downloadable workbooks; homework and tracking sheets; weekly check-ins and reviews; moderated online discussion boards, including the web-based instant messenger for private conversations; and glossaries with easy-to-understand explanations of common terms and medications.


Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind (CALM) contains podcasts and audio files that can be easily uploaded to mobile devices. The tunes included within this website are geared towards mental resilience, managing stressors, healthy relationships, and meaning in life.

Stress & Time Management for Doctors

Why are so many doctors late so often? We are teashed about this almost as much as for bad handwriting. Sometimes it's impossible to be on time with emergencies and flu epidemics or if someone breaks down sobbing in your office. But a lot of times we can be on time if we recognize and get control of all the time wasters in our day. We can learn to be on time just as we can learn to golf, er, sorry bad example. Let's go with this. We can learn how to be on time just like we can learn to ride a bicycle. Download your copy of The Impatient Patient Time and Stress Management for Doctors by Dr. J.W. Crosby.


Humanities in Medicine Resources

  • Medical Humanities is the official journal of the Institute of Medical Ethics, however it reflects the whole field of medical humanities.

  • The McMaster Museum of Art is located on the main McMaster campus in Hamilton. As well an excellent permanent collection, and rotating exhibitions, the Museum has an education coordinator, Nicole Knibbs.

  • A review of how art benefits health, including music, visual arts, dance, and expressive writing. The paper can be obtained through the HSL. Stuckey, Heather L., and Jeremy Nobel. "The connection between art, healing, and public health: A review of current literature." American journal of public health 100.2 (2010): 254.

  • An interesting paper discussing the benefits on wellness of listening to music. The paper can be obtained through the HSL. Krout, Robert E. "Music listening to facilitate relaxation and promote wellness: Integrated aspects of our neurophysiological responses to music." The arts in Psychotherapy 34.2 (2007): 134-141.


Spirituality in Medicine Resources

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