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Highlights from the 2023 FSPHP Western Regional Meeting

WPHP had the privilege of attending the 2023 FSPHP Western Regional Meeting on October 6th. This gathering brought together a diverse group of attendees, including all FSPHP Member Classes and PHP Members, all united by a common goal: to explore the world of physician health and impairment.

One of the many enriching segments of the meeting was the Round Robin, where each PHP provided a short summary of their organization. PHP staff members were introduced, and important details about the size, budget, funding sources, and current conditions of each PHP were shared. The discussion also delved into referral patterns, successes, and challenges faced by each organization. This was a valuable opportunity to learn from one another, discover common ground, and explore new initiatives in the field.

Understanding the vital connection between physician health programs and medical boards was another highlight of the meeting. Christopher Bundy, MD, MPH, FASAM, Executive Medical Director of the Washington Physicians Health Program, Beth Jensen, DO, Lead Physician of the South Dakota Physician Health and Wellness Program, and John Kuhn, MD, Director of the Oklahoma Health Professionals Program shared their insights and shed light on the importance of strong relationships between these entities for the benefit of physicians and the public.

The event concluded with a session on PHP difficult case presentations, led by Laura Martin, MD, Associate Medical Director of the Colorado Physician Health Program, and Laura Moss, MD, Associate Medical Director of the Washington Physicians Health Program. This segment provided a deeper understanding of the challenges and complexities that PHPs encounter in their daily work.

Events like these serve as a reminder of the positive impact that collaboration and knowledge sharing can have on the medical community. We are excited to carry this inspiration forward as we continue our journey in the field of physician health and impairment.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of physicians and by extension, the health of our communities.