August 17, 2014

“The problem for many of us is that the experience of medical training, and practice, was and is one of learning to live with stress, rather than reducing it to manageable, healthy levels.”

– Dr. Michael Kaufmann CCFP, FCFP

As physicians, we are skilled at organizing large bodies of information into categories, so let’s start by returning to fundamental principles or to basics.

“BASICS” is a series of articles on the fundamental principles of physician self-care written by Dr. Michael Kaufmann, Medical Director of the OMA Physician Health Program. The “BASICS” series offers practical suggestions for stress management, improved health and wellbeing, and building resilience.

Each letter of the word BASICS introduces a category for discussion:

“B” is for body, or physiological considerations;

“A” stands for affect, attitude and matters psychological;

“S” is for social, and refers to our personal relationships;

“I” is for intellect, and the many ways we can use it to our advantage;

“C” stands for community, and introduces a discussion about the nature and importance of healthy personal and professional groupings; and

“S” refers to the spiritual domain, perhaps the least discussed and the most alluring.

With the permission of the Ontario Medical Association, Doctors Manitoba is pleased to offer the “BASICS” series as a downloadable PDF file.