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PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast

May 4, 2020

Welcome to PsychEd, the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners. This episode covers medical trainee wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic with expert guest Dr. Deanna Chaukos, Staff Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Wellness Lead for the Psychiatry Residency program at the University of Toronto. 


The learning objectives for this episode are as follows:


By the end of this episode, you should be able to…

  1. Define wellness and burnout and their importance in medical education/psychiatry
  2. Understand strategies on how to maintain our own wellness and prevent burnout
  3. Understand strategies to help others maintain their wellness and deal with burnout

*All through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic


Hosts: Dr. Alex Raben (PGY5), Gray Meckling (CC3), Shaoyuan (Randi) Wang (CC3), Weam Sieffien (CC3)


Guest Staff Psychiatrist: Dr. Deanna Chaukos (Sinai Health Systems, Toronto)



  1. COVID-19 Resources for Residents, infographic prepared by residents at the University of Toronto, including team member of PsychEd Nikhita Singhal
  2. Resources for MD Wellness
  3. Improving Mental Health During COVID-19
  4. University of Toronto Office of Health Professions Student Affairs OHPSA
  5. University of Toronto Postgraduate Wellness Office at UofT
  6. Gerstein Crisis Centre
  7. CAMH: COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Workers
  8. CAMH self-referral for healthcare workers to access mental health services
  9. UofT Faculty of Medicine: COVID-19 Wellness Resources for Faculty and Trainees
  10. Canadian Psychiatric Association - COVID-19
  11. American Psychiatric Association Well-being Resources
  12. Seven tips for staying grounded as the world grapples with COVID-19: UofT Expert
  13. AMA: 6 ways to address physician stress during COVID-19 pandemic
  14. UBC - COVID-19 Resident Wellness Resources
  15. Youtube video: Three steps to coping with anything (including COVID-19)
  16. MHCC: Resource Hub: Mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic
  17. CMHA: COVID-19 and mental health



  1. CMA: Maintaining Your and Your Family’s Well-being During a Pandemic
  2. BMJ Opinion: COVID-19 - the impact on our medical students will be far-reaching
  3. AAMC: “A terrifying privilege”: Residency during the COVID-19 Outbreak
  4. AMA: Residency in a pandemic: How COVID-19 is affecting trainees
  5. CMAJ: Medical education needs reform to improve student well-being and reduce burnout, say experts


Examples of Medical Student Initiatives



  1. Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., & Rubin, G. J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet.
  2. Eckleberry-Hunt, J., Van Dyke, A., Lick, D., & Tucciarone, J. (2009). Changing the conversation from burnout to wellness: physician well-being in residency training programs. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 1(2), 225-230.
  3. Eckleberry-Hunt, J., Lick, D., Boura, J., Hunt, R., Balasubramaniam, M., Mulhem, E., & Fisher, C. (2009). An exploratory study of resident burnout and wellness. Academic Medicine, 84(2), 269-277.
  4. Dewey, C., Hingle, S., Goelz, E., & Linzer, M. (2020). Supporting clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Annals of Internal Medicine.
  5. Drolet, B. C., & Rodgers, S. (2010). A comprehensive medical student wellness program—design and implementation at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. Academic Medicine, 85(1), 103-110.
  6. Dyrbye, L. N., Burke, S. E., Hardeman, R. R., Herrin, J., Wittlin, N. M., Yeazel, M., ... & Satele, D. V. (2018). Association of clinical specialty with symptoms of burnout and career choice regret among US resident physicians. Jama, 320(11), 1114-1130.
  7. Kealy, D., Halli, P., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., & Hadjipavlou, G. (2016). Burnout among Canadian psychiatry residents: a national survey. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 61(11), 732-736.
  8. Lai, J., Ma, S., Wang, Y., Cai, Z., Hu, J., Wei, N., ... & Tan, H. (2020). Factors associated with mental health outcomes among health care workers exposed to coronavirus disease 2019. JAMA network open, 3(3), e203976-e203976.
  9. Lebensohn, P., Dodds, S., Benn, R., Brooks, A. J., & Birch, M. (2013). Resident wellness behaviors. Fam. Med, 45, 541-549.
  10. Santarone, K., McKenney, M., & Elkbuli, A. (2020). Preserving mental health and resilience in frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
  11. Shiralkar, M. T., Harris, T. B., Eddins-Folensbee, F. F., & Coverdale, J. H. (2013). A systematic review of stress-management programs for medical students. Academic Psychiatry, 37(3), 158-164.

CPA Note: The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.


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