Resilience: Beyond the Hype and Towards an Attitude of Hope

Caring for Self while Caring for Others Series

Date : January 16,2019

Time: 7:30-9:30 pm. – Please arrive early so that we can start on time.

Location: OMA Offices, 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 900 (NE corner of Bloor &Avenue Road)

Speakers:  Harry Zeit MD and Irina Dumitrache CYT 

Cost: No charge, courtesy of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health

Please RSVP by phone to: 416-229-2399, ext 125 ( Ada or Anna), or via e-mail to: michaelpare@rogers.com.

For inquiries only about the Caring for Self series, contact Dr. Harry Zeit at harryzeit@sympatico.ca.      


In the field of clinician wellness and health, other than self-care, no term has been as utilized – and perhaps of late demonized – than resilience. We know that resilience is important. We may carry some ideas and pre-conceptions of what it means to be resilient. Yet of late, on social media and in medical blogs, more and more physicians note that the word carries connotations of blame and associations with systems that exploit and abuse. Too many speakers and institutions, capitalizing on need and distress, have offered resilience programs that are ineffectual, or that hold attendees accountable when they continue to suffer symptoms.

Most physicians (and many other health care providers) understand that the system is broken and ultimately requires a radical revisioning and re-organization. Our most courageous leaders and writers remind us that no amount of resilience training can sustain us within a system that is ultimately unsustainable and that traumatizes and overwhelms both providers and patients. So, is there any reason to continue to re-visit resilience and to cultivate skills and practices that build and deepen our ability to withstand and recover from adversity?

Are there teachings and practices within the resilience field that can serve us and protect us to a certain extent from the pitfalls we face – including committing medical errors, quitting our work prematurely, addiction, chronic illness and family breakdown? Can we create a core of calm and strength, through practice and awareness, that can insulate us from worst-case scenarios? If a critical mass of providers can adopt this deeper, more meaningful connection to resilience, will a natural movement to challenging the system also begin to form?



Attendees will :

Learn resilience practices aimed at reducing the deleterious effects of unremitting stress and overwhelm.

Gain an understanding of the factors that lead to creating new resilience resources that are lasting and adaptable.

Acquire new knowledge on the importance of moving from stress physiology to states of safety, calm and connection.

Practice several exercises designed to deepen, embody and integrate states of resilience.


“Managing Difficult Clinical Encounters i.e. ‘The Angry Patient”

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: OMA Offices, 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 900, Toronto, ON

Speaker:   Dr. Michael Cord, HBSc, M.D,CATPP (TPS), MCFP


To register, please contact Ada/Anna at pcmhsection@gmail.com or (416)229-2399 Ext 125.

Approved for 2 hours of MDPAC Group CE Credits


Who is invited: All Physicians, Residents, and Medical Students
Registration: Free for all Physicians, Residents, and Medical Students, hosted by the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health

This talk is free of charge and hosted by the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health.

Dr. Michael Cord, M.D. is a family physician with a practice focused on psychotherapy and psychotherapy supervision. He supervises colleagues beginning therapy practice for the CPSO Change of Scope program, is a Mentor within the OCFP Collaborative Mental Health Network (CMHN) and a psychotherapy Supervisor for the Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute.

During this session, you will:
1. Understand how the “intense clinical moment” evolves.
2. Understand the risks involved.
3. Understand the most common clinical responses to difficult physician-patient encounters.
4. Learn to manage such difficulties in order to manage risk and provide benefit for the patient.
5. Learn to recognize one’s own emotional reactions to the patient in a difficult interaction.
6. Learn to “metabolize” the intensity of difficult clinical encounters.
7. Learn to use one’s emotional reactions to a difficult encounter to respond professionally.