Physician Diversity, Wellness & Leadership Development

Medical Staff

Welcome to the portfolio of Physician Diversity, Wellness and Leadership Development.

As our model illustrates, if we invest in our leaders, we will see positive impacts on physician wellness, diversity and inclusion measures, and the safety and quality of the care we deliver to patients.

Our focus is to provide physician leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools to foster a local team culture that:

  • Models our organizational values and just culture principles
  • Enhances the delivery of safe, quality care
  • Values wellness and diversity


Questions or comments?
Contact Dr. Sharron Spicer at
Physician Health, Diversity & Wellness

Resources for Physicians

Physician & Family Support Program

Visit Alberta Medical Association: PFSP

For: physicians, resident physicians, medical students and their immediate family members.

  • CALL 1-877-SOS-4MDS (767-4637)
  • International: 403-930-0529 (you may call collect)
  • CONFIDENTIAL 24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week/365 Days a Year


Respectful Workplaces

The Bilateral Complaint Resolution group improves processes for worker-to-worker concerns, including harassment and violence complaints that involve employees and members of the medical and midwifery staff.

Recommendations Report

Upcoming Events

  • AHS Physician Wellness during COVID-19
    • On hold through summer 2021
Physician Wellness

General Resources

Provincial Resources

AMA's Physician and Family Support Program

University of Alberta

  • Office of Advocacy & Wellbeing – Looks after issues pertaining to learner and staff health, wellbeing and advocacy. To book an appointment, call 780-492-3092.
  • Staff Assistance Program (EFAP) – The EFAP is a service designed to support individuals in dealing with personal, family or work related issues. 24/7 support available at 780-428-7587.

University of Calgary

Physician Wellness Podcast

The COVID-19 Physician Wellness podcast is an ongoing opportunity to provide updates and information to physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic:

April 2, 2020 – Episode 1

  • Part one - Dr. Debrah Wirtzfeld, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Physician Health, Diversity & Wellness and Dr. Curtis Johnston, Edmonton Zone Deputy Medical Director discuss seven steps of resilience.
  • Part two - focuses on the impact social isolation and social media have on wellness.

April 11, 2020 – Episode 2

  • In this second episode, Dr. Debrah Wirtzfeld, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Physician Health, Diversity & Wellness at Alberta Health Services, Jodi Ploquin, Senior Consultant with AHS Provincial Medical Affairs, and Dr. Jennine Wismark, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Physician Wellness & Development for Covenant Health, discuss a main theme that has emerged in their Zoom Room for Physician Wellness; What does support looks like for frontline HC providers during COVID-19?
Leadership Development

If you are interested in a Medical Leadership position in AHS, view our current opportunities, or contact your Zone Medical Director.

Resources for current Medical Leaders

Provincial Learning Opportunities

  • Learning Resource Navigator (LeaRN) – An interactive online application that allows users to search for courses and resources on a variety of leadership topics internal and external to AHS.
  • Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) Courses – Offered by the CMA, these courses are designed to help you become a more effective medical leader.
  • Continuing Medical Education – University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine offers a number of learning opportunities in a variety of course formats.
  • Lifelong Learning – University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry offers medical and professional development opportunities.
  • MyLearningLink – AHS’ web-based portal for a variety of learning opportunities for employees and medical staff. Many courses are self-directed and available online at any time. For help with your AHS username/password, contact
  • Female Medical Leaders in Alberta Health Services Report

Diversity and Inclusion

  • You Belong Here – An overview of our mission to build a workplace as diverse as the people we serve.
  • LBGTQ2S+ - Tools for members of the LBGTQ2S+ community, as well as tools for practitioners and allies.
  • Indigenous Health - Tools for members of the Indigenous community, as well as tools for practitioners and allies.
  • Diverse Populations – A look into the impacts on health that varying identity factors may have and the strategies and frameworks implemented at AHS.

Respectful Workplaces

  • Behavior continuum poster - Outlines appropriate workplace behaviour along a continuum.
  • Harassment and Violence Prevention Policy – Our policy outlining the expectations we place on employees of AHS to ensure we maintain a workplace where everyone is supported in their physical, psychological, and social well-being.

University of Calgary