WS-105 : Professional resilience of female family doctors during lifecycle transition events

Alice Shiner1, Amanda Howe1, Jessica Watson2, Noemi Doohan3 1Department of Population Health and Primary Care, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK 2School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK 3Ukiah Valley Medical Centre and University of California, Davis, California, USA
""Justification"" This workshop relates to a project being undertaken on behalf of the WONCA Working Party on Women and Family Medicine (WWPWFM). It will form part of a global qualitative research project to determine the factors involved in maintaining the professional resilience of women primary care doctors during times of lifecycle transition, such as marriage, parenting, and caring for aging parents. These issues are related to keeping doctors in the workforce, and shed light on the needs of male doctors as well. ""Content"" The workshop will begin with presentation of key findings from a literature review on women family doctors’ professional resilience during lifecycle transitions, followed by a summary of the data gathered during discussions between delegates at three previous workshops regarding this topic. Workshop participants will then be asked to discuss the issues raised, particularly considering their level of agreement with the conclusions reached during the previous workshops. The workshop will end with a plenary session to identify agreed common themes regarding challenges to resilience by lifecycle events, and the strategies and solutions that can help maintain resilience. The output of the workshop will be recorded in order that it can be used to identify themes for further exploration within the qualitative interviews and focus groups in the WWPWFM research project. Keywords: Resilience, Transition, Gender