1. My best wishes to all Canadian physicians on this Canada Day 2021. These have been difficult times. The recent third wave of COVID-19 has sorely tested everyone in healthcare. Nationally, Canadians are facing the tragedies perpetrated against First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children by the Residential School System Some municipalities have canceled Canada Day festivities in solidarity with those survivors and family members who continue to suffer so greatly from the effects of colonization.
We should also remember the positives. Canada's strengths, values, and accomplishments have created a good society and will continue to drive further progress.
My plans for Canada Day include wearing my orange shirt (All Children Matter!) and speaking more with my children about the hatred and discrimination faced by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and also our responsibility to support Indigenous peoples as they use their strengths to lead themselves to a better future.
2. My wish list for all Canadian physicians on this Canada Day 2021 Try to remember to be truly present, grateful, non-judgmental, kind to others, and kind to ourselves (self-compassionate) in all you do. Physicians, both individually and collectively, are more powerful than we think, and when we think and act strategically and collaboratively, we can accomplish much!
3. We have posted our new programs for 2021-2022. We want to provide Canadian physicians with the support and deep learning that we need to make significant positive changes in our lives, practices, and healthcare systems. Physician leadership, physician wellness, and quality of care are intrinsically linked!
Our hallmark individual executive coaching programs continue: one-to-one Leadership Development Coaching conducted over a minimum six month period, and our shorter program named Doctor, Redesigned. We also have two group programs. Physicians Embracing Leadership will meet one evening per month to introduce leadership development coaching in a group setting. Our newest offering is called Doc On Track. Starting in September, a small group of doctors will be meeting confidentially for 1 hour each weekend (Saturday or Sunday) to share their life and career goals, plans, weekly progress and challenges. Prepare to be supported, assisted, and even pushed a bit toward your goals as the year progresses. Also, please let me know if there are other formats that would meet your individual or physician community needs even better.
When we started The Canadian Physician Support Company, we pledged to donate 10% of our profits each year to support indigenous medical student education. I look forward to reporting the amount on this blog on Canada Day 2022.
Dr. Shayne Taback is a pediatric subspecialist, research educator, and executive coach for physicians across the continuum from new graduate to C-Suite Chief Medical Officer. To learn more about him and our other coaches, please click here. Or to contact Shayne, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. To regularly receive blog posts, please sign up to our newsletter below.