Olivia Tse

Dr Olivia TseOlivia Tse, MDCM, FRCPC
Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs
Co-Director, The WELL Office


Dr. Olivia Tse received her MDCM from McGill University in 1986. After completing a mixed internship in pediatric and adult medicine, she worked with the Cree and Inuit communities in Northern Quebec and as a general practitioner in Montreal while pursuing advanced musical studies. She then entered residency training in Pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and received her Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1992.

Dr. Tse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McGill University. She has worked as educator and clinical preceptor to pediatric residents at the MCH for over 20 years, while managing a general pediatric practice in Westmount. She has also lectured to MUHC and community physicians, as well as allied healthcare professionals in northern Quebec.

In her former role as Co-Director of the MCH Pediatric Residency Training Program, she implemented initiatives to track and address the well-being of residents on a longitudinal basis. As the former Director of Pediatric Resident Mindfulness and Compassion Education, she developed and delivered a mindfulness and compassion-based curriculum to respond to aspects of residency training which may erode a learner’s well-being. She aims to address burnout by guiding residents to cultivate skills to respond to the stressors of training in a healthy, growth-oriented manner.

Dr. Tse completed the year-long Advanced Teacher Training for Mindful Practice in Medicine, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2021. In autumn 2022, she completed the Mindfulness and Compassion Certificate Training for Healthcare Professionals at Sarana Institute. She is interested in the science of mindfulness and compassion as well as in the philosophy of mindfulness, in the context of training exemplary, compassionate clinicians who are self-aware and resilient, and who can thrive in the complex and uncertain world of medicine.

Dr. Tse has travelled extensively and maintains her deep interest in music. She has contributed musical vocal performances at benefit concerts, at MCH residents’ graduation ceremonies, and to a benefit CD for the MCH.

She is committed to maintaining and enhancing the psychological, emotional and physical well-being of medical learners.

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