Dr. Puddester is an Associate Medical Director at the Ontario Medical Association's Physician Health Program, and was previously Director of Physician Health at the Canadian Medical Association.

He is the Special Project Lead for Innovation/Evaluation in the Postgraduate Medical Education Office at uOttawa where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Puddester specializes in paediatric telepsychiatry. Previously, he was the Director of the Behavioural Neurosciences and Consultation-Liaison team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

He is a Certified (PCC) Executive Coach and exclusively coaches physicians and senior health care leaders. Finally, he teaches internationally on physician health, time management, inter professional education, conflict management and medical education.

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.

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 ePhysicianHealth.com and eWorkplaceHealth.com.


Selected Honours & Awards

2012 - Ottawa Physician of the Year

2011 - Tourette Society of Canada – Excellence in Innovation/Clinical Care Award

2010 - C.A. Roberts Award for Clinical Leadership – conferred by the Canadian Psychiatric Association 

2010 - International eLearn Association Award of Excellence for ePhysicianHealth.com

2002 - The Dr. Derek Puddester Resident Well Being Award – Created by the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (now Resident Doctors of Canada) to annually honour an individual who makes significant improvement in the well being of medical trainees. 

1999 - St. Joseph’s Emergency Department Award for Excellence in Emergency Psychiatry, McMaster University

1999 - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outstanding Resident Award

1995 - Prize in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, MUN

1995 - Dr. Robert Salter Compassionate and Competent Patient Care Award, Faculty of Medicine, MUN

Contact Information:

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