Creativity & Humanism

Prioritizing Well-Being:

Taking Care of Yourself and Your Peers During COVID-19

Originally Aired on Monday, June 1, 2020
from 11:30am -12:30pm

đź’» Zoom Virtual Event

We discussed the need to prioritize the well-being of yourself and your peers during this webinar. Within this recorded event around the time of COVID-19, our panelists spoke about mental health and support systems that they have built for health care practitioners, teachers, and researchers. 

In this webinar, participants who watch will:

The archived talk will include presentations from our panelists about their innovations, but some great discussion during our Q&A.

Stressors from our Participants

Here are some of the stressors that our participants identified.


Our panelists would like the group to know about some of these resources:


Faculty Affairs is led by the Vice-Dean, Faculty Affairs, Dr. Mark Walton, who is also a Professor, Pediatric Surgery, is an active staff member with the McMaster Children’s hospital, and was the Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education for 12 years from 2004 to 2016. Mark chairs the Committee of Specialty Education at the Royal College (RC) of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada  and has a number of volunteer roles at the RC (member of Council and Executive Committee of Council), and Chairing committees at OPHRDC and CAPER.

Karen Saperson (@KarenSaperson) is a professor of psychiatry and Associate Chair, Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. She is the academic head of the division of geriatric psychiatry at McMaster University and the current chair elect of the Royal College Geriatric Psychiatry Specialty Committee. Her research focuses on medical education, particularly in the area of assessment and education policy development. Karen specializes in geriatric psychiatry, and her most recent publication ​highlights collaborative care for older adults with psychiatric disorders. Karen has held several medical education leadership positions and received various teaching awards for her contributions to medical education in Canada. 

Dr. Bode Akintan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is medical director of the RBC Child and Youth Mental Health Inpatient Program as well as the Mental Health Assessment unit located in the Emergency Department at McMaster Children’s Hospital. His interest is in emergency/acute care Pediatric psychiatry and he has won teaching awards for his work with clerks and residents. 

A graduate of the University of Jos medical school, he went on to complete his psychiatry residency training at the University of Maryland and then later a two year fellowship at the Shepard Pratt/University of Maryland program. Since moving back to Canada in 2008, his leadership roles at McMaster informed a decision to pursue formal management training and he completed a dual MBA program with Cornell University and Queens University in 2015. 

He is passionate about developing and supporting others through mentorship and by sharing stories and experiences of his. He has been invited to speak about his work, his interests and his life and has given keynote addresses at various events covering a wide range of topics.

Dr. Randi McCabe is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She is a clinical psychologist and Director in the Mental Health and Addictions Program at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton where she is responsible for Mood, Anxiety and Senior’s Mental Health Programs. Dr. McCabe’s research has focused on anxiety and related disorders. She has published over 150 peer reviewed papers and chapters as well as 8 books. In 2016, she was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, an honour that recognizes distinguished contributions to the advancement of the science and profession of psychology in Canada.


Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University.  She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD).  She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area.