Derek PuddesterOttawa, ON
Dr. Puddester is a global expert in physician health and occupational psychiatry. He has provided care, education, and governance expertise to programs, hospitals, and universities and created unique educational resources focused on physician health and sustainability.
Dr. Puddester is a Past-President of the Canadian Association for Medical Education and is a leader in medical education across the physician life-cycle. Most recently, he was the Special Project Lead for Innovation/Evaluation in the Postgraduate Medical Education Office at uOttawa where he is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Puddester specializes in paediatric telepsychiatry and provides care to children, youth and families across Ontario. Previously, he was the Director of the Behavioural Neurosciences and Consultation-Liaison team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Dr. Puddester obtained his B.A., B. Med. Sc., and M.D. from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at McMaster University, and a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at University of Ottawa. In 2008, he completed a M. Ed. at uOttawa. In 2011, he completed the Graduate Program in Executive Coaching at Royal Roads University. In 2017, his studies at Royal Roads continued as he completed the Advanced Coaching Practices Program and also started his MA in Leadership (Health).
Dr. Puddester is the lead editor of the RCPSC's CanMEDS Physician Health Guide and co-author of the RCPSC's Time Management Guide. He also produced Carpe Diem (a physician resiliency documentary), and was the project lead for the international award-winning web resources ePhysicianHealth.com and eWorkplaceHealth.com.
Specialties: Physician health - prevention, mental health/behavioural assessment, treatment, remediation, coaching; Medical Education and Training; Group and Team Coaching; team facilitation; governance and leadership consultation