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Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium: Session 2 – Mental Health Support for Healthcare Professionals

June 17 @ 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Session 2 of the Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium, COVID-19 Pandemic: Mental Health Effects on Older Adults and their Health Care Providers  will focus on:

Mental Health Support for Healthcare Professionals

This session will be led by Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC and Matthew Rudorfer, MD and will examine the impact of the pandemic on healthcare professionals. The session will focus on the growing number of large trials of interventions aimed at helping healthcare workers dealing with pandemic-related stress and its attendant complications (depression, PTSD, etc). We will then examine the more specific impact of the pandemic on the mental health of healthcare professionals and the ramifications of the stress caused by the pandemic and how to move forward.

Learning Objectives: (Dr. Leszcz)
• Examine the impact of pandemics as a modal traumatic stressor on physicians and health care workers (HCWs)
• Describe principles of support and implementation for our colleagues and trainees experiencing stress and trauma
• Detail learnings from group support and Leading for Wellness groups and communities of practice
• Address organizational culture & psychological safety in the workplace
• Identify PPE – personal and psychological protective equipment

Learning Objectives: (Dr. Rudorfer)
• Understand the evidence from controlled trials about the effectiveness of healthcare system responses to the pandemic in support of HCWs’ mental health
• Appreciate the role of technology in delivering and monitoring targeted interventions aimed at mitigating COVID-related stress responses of HCWs
• Evaluate the contribution of health disparities in determining the mental health impact of pandemic-associated stresses and response to treatment of individual HCWs, including racial and ethnic minorities


Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC
Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital
Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex,
Sinai Health System
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Matthew V. Rudorfer, MD
Program Chief, Adult Interventions
Treatment and Preventive interventions Research Branch
Division of Services and intervention Research
National Institute of Mental Health
Rockville, Maryland

Continuing Education credit for social workers, nursing home administrators and nurses are in process.

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