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Leadership and Wellness

The Department of Pediatrics and Child Health aims to develop and maintain an environment that promotes, supports, and develops leadership skills and wellness for its members. This includes initiatives that emphasize inter- and intra-professional collaboration, team building, effective communication, resiliency, and conflict resolution within a culture of wellness. A culture of wellness promotes self-care, respect, personal growth, individuality, compassion, safety, quality, positive relationships and interactions, and professional and academic satisfaction.

Wellness is the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health (see The Global Wellness Institute). This is an active, not static, individual pursuit that is influenced by one’s environment. Models of wellness focus on physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being. Other dimensions of environmental, financial, and occupational well-being are included in some models. Wellness in the workplace is influenced by leadership – both how others lead you and how you lead others.

Team Members

Lead, Child Health Leadership and Wellness: Dr. Seth Marks (he/him)

Administrative Lead: vacant

Contact Info: [email protected]


Leadership and wellness initiatives are aimed at both the residents and faculty members of the Department. Some initiatives to date have included:

  • Social events, coffee, and bagels, sponsored resident dinners and lunches, staff and resident gifts
  • Department Retreats
  • Resident Wellness Policy
  • Resident Fatigue Risk Management Policy
  • Resident Orientation Manual
  • Resident Wellness and Leadership Education
  • Recognition of National Resident Doctors Appreciation Week
  • Professional Coaching for Section Heads and Leads
  • Group Resiliency Sessions for Section Heads and Leads
  • Clifton Strengths for all faculty
  • Conflict Resolution Sessions for faculty
  • Civility Saves Lives Manitoba partnership
  • Formal onboarding program for Section Heads

Future initiatives will focus on assessment tools of wellness, and meaningful work along with ongoing training and education. Leadership and wellness initiatives will aim to collaborate with other departmental pursuits in the areas of the learning environment, EDI (equity, diversity, inclusivity) and social justice, quality improvement, continuing education, and Indigenous health.


  • Department of Pediatrics and Child Health Resident Wellness Council

  • College of Medicine PGME Wellness Working Group

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