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COVID-19 has made it more important than ever to address barriers to mental health treatment for physicians

This AAMC article highlights how licensing concerns and stigma may be discouraging physicians from seeking needed mental health treatment amidst the strains of the pandemic.    

In 2018, WPHP successfully collaborated with the Washington Medical Commission to reform the questions on the Washington Medical Licensing initial and renewal applications.  Since then, questions regarding health and substance use only ask about current impairment (rather than past history, diagnoses, or treatment) and allow physicians known to WPHP to answer “no” to its question about current medical conditions.  

Countless Washington physicians have benefitted from these changes and expressed to us their deep gratitude to live and work in a state that supports doctors confidentially getting the help they need and deserve. 

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