2022 Speakers’ Series – “Quit Multiplying by Zero” with Dr. Mamta Gautam


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The South Island MSA, Victoria Division of Family Practice, South Island Division of Family Practice and Saanich Peninsula Physician Society are delighted to welcome Dr. Mamta Gautam, an internationally renowned psychiatrist, consultant, certified coach, author and speaker.  Dr. Gautam will explain what she means by “Quit Multiplying By Zero”:

Stress is an inherent factor in medicine.  In the past 24 months, as we deal with COVID-19, we have faced unprecedented challenges in healthcare, dealing with much uncertainty and complexity.  Healthcare workers, our chief resource at this time, are experiencing significant, and possibly enduring, psychological distress. This presentation helps to define and normalize these concerns, understand stress and how to recognize when it turns into distress.  We will look at how the healthcare team can best reintegrate to move forward together optimally, to offer mutual support, positive role modeling for learners, and optimal patient care. We will define a framework, the 5 C’s for Resilience, and offer practical strategies to help colleagues to implement this and manage their stress effectively, both in their professional and personal lives.

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the key stressors in practicing during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Define and understand stress, distress, burnout, compassion fatigue.
  • Discuss health as a product of individual, cultural, and system level factors; and that we need to ‘quit multiplying by zero’.
  • Discuss what can occur within the healthcare team and in the workplace to support each other during this time.
  • Learn and implement the 5 C’s Framework to manage their stress effectively.

Please RSVP to info@southislandmsa.ca

Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CPDC, CCPE, CPE is an internationally renowned psychiatrist, consultant, certified coach, author and speaker.  Focused on Physician Health and Well-being since 1990, she is a trailblazer in this field; and is known as the “The Doctor’s Doctor”.

Dr. Gautam is the founding director of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Wellness Program, served as the Expert Physician Advisor for the Canadian Medical Association Centre for Physician Health and Wellbeing, and currently chairs the Burnout Task Force at the Ontario Medical Association.  In the past 2 decades, she has expanded her work to include healthcare teams, and Leadership Development to better address system-level factors that impact professional wellness.

All of her educational, clinical, research and administrative work aims to promote Professional Health and develop Professional Leadership in healthcare. She has created podcasts and videos on this topic, and authored articles, book chapters, and 2 international best-selling books. She brings this knowledge and expertise to PEAK MD, through which she delivers keynote presentations and workshops, consults to healthcare organizations and coaches senior medical leaders internationally.

She is committed to advancing diversity in medicine, and leadership development for women in healthcare.  She has served as the Diversity Monitor at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has developed and co-leads Momentum, a 6-day retreat for women in medicine; and recently founded The Raft, an online platform for leadership development and community for women colleagues.

She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her innovative work to support and mentor her healthcare colleagues, and has been awarded Distinguished Fellowships in both the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations.


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