Issue: Spring 2024

In an era where physicians face increasing demands and pressures, prioritizing their well-being and fostering a sense of community within the medical profession is paramount. Recognizing this need, the Physician Social Engagement Fund has been established to provide financial assistance for local physician initiatives and events across the province. These initiatives aim to enhance engagement, wellness, and collegiality among physicians, ultimately contributing to their overall well-being and resilience.

The fund is being launched under the NBMS Wellness program as a wellness support resource for physicians, their families, medical residents, and students. “By providing financial assistance to local physician initiatives and events, the Physician Social Engagement Fund serves as a catalyst for positive change within the medical community. By fostering a culture of engagement, wellness, and collegiality, these initiatives not only support individual physicians in their professional journey but also contribute to the overall resilience and well-being of the medical profession as a whole,” said Meaghan Sibbett, NBMS Wellness Manager.

The Physician Social Engagement Fund operates within a structured framework to ensure that supported initiatives align with the objectives of the NBMS Wellness program and effectively meet the needs of physicians. To be eligible for funding, proposed initiatives must meet the following criteria:

  1. Alignment with NBMS Wellness Objectives: Initiatives must align with the goals and objectives of the NBMS Wellness program, prioritizing engagement, wellness, and collegiality among physicians.
  2. Committee or Group Proposal: Proposals must be put forward by a committee or group of physicians, emphasizing collaboration and collective effort.
  3. Support from Medical Staff Office and District President: Initiatives must receive backing from the Medical Staff Office and the District President, signifying institutional support and endorsement.
  4. Inclusion of Budget: Proposals must include a detailed budget outlining the financial requirements of the wellness initiative or event, ensuring transparency and accountability.
  5. Submission of Funding Application: Completed funding applications must be submitted to Caroline Paquin, Assistant Manager Finance, at, facilitating streamlined processing and review.

Funding allocation is based on the merit of the project and operates on a first-come, first-served basis for each hospital or center. The amount awarded to each institution varies depending on its size, with smaller medical staffs eligible for up to $1,000 annually and larger medical staffs eligible for up to $3,000. This tiered approach ensures equitable distribution of resources while catering to the diverse needs of different institutions.

To learn more or apply visit Physician Social Engagement Fund – New Brunswick Medical Society (

Nora Lacey, Chief of Physician & Patient Engagement