Physician Experience: Impact of Discrimination on Physician Wellness

  • Sarah Candace PayneEmail author
  • Ashley Marie Clare Cerqueira
  • Julia Kulikowski
  • Ana Hategan
  • Heather Waters


Harassment and discrimination continue to be important concerns for physicians, including medical residents. Such transgressions may take the form of overt macroaggressions or more subtle microaggressions, including discrimination based on age/experience, ethnocultural and/or religious background, gender, sexuality, and disability. This chapter will explore how such experiences can negatively impact physician wellness and perpetuate the burden of unhealthy, toxic work environments. The authors encourage the reader to reflect on how to prioritize personal wellness and to be a better advocate and ally for colleagues and society.


Physician wellness Cultural safety Burnout Discrimination Harassment Racism Microaggressions Physicians with disabilities Physician sexuality LGBT2Q in medicine Women in medicine Gender gap in medicine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Candace Payne
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ashley Marie Clare Cerqueira
    • 1
  • Julia Kulikowski
    • 1
  • Ana Hategan
    • 2
  • Heather Waters
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Faculty of Health SciencesMcMaster University, St. Joseph’s Healthcare HamiltonHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.Faculty of Health SciencesMcMaster University, Department of Family MedicineHamiltonCanada

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