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Medical licensing for physicians with disabilities

Presenter: Erene Stergiopoulos, MD

Key Points:

  • Physicians have higher rates of depression, anxiety, burnout and suicidal ideation than the general population, but are less likely to seek treatment.

  • Questions on medical licensure applications may pose barriers to disclosure and help-seeking for physicians with medical conditions and can lead to negative impacts on both physician health and patient care.

  • Recent Canadian and international guidance states that questions on licensure applications should focus on current functional impairment rather than the presence of diagnosis or past impairment.

  • MostCanadianjurisdictionsdonotfollowthecurrentguidance.

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