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Stay up to date with news, announcements, and upcoming event information from the Washington Physicians Health Program team. For an archive of relevant resources on a wide variety of physicians health topics, please visit Articles and Publications.

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Thank you, FSMB!

“Thank you to the Federation of State Medical Boards for recognizing the collaboration between WPHP and the https://wmc.wa.gov/ in reforming licensure questions in order to combat stigma and remove an important barrier to seeking care among health professionals.”– Dr. Chris Bundy, WPHP Executive Medical Director Read Here

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The realities of the female health professional during COVID and how to support them.

Doina Lupea of the Ontario Medical Association’s Physician Health Program, in collaboration with Sriharan Ratnapalan, of Dalla Lana and the Hospital for Sick Children, and Andrea Tricco, of Dalla Lana and St. Michael’s Hospital, to study the intersection of stress, burnout and depression among women in health care during coronavirus pandemic and potential interventions that […]

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WPHP is Hiring!

Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP) has an outstanding employment opportunity for a full-time Clinical Coordinator. Remote work options are available for this position. The Clinical Coordinator is an exempt employee who engages in a variety of clinical activities, manages assigned cases, assists as needed with special projects, and ensures that efficient, effective operations and procedures […]

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Stephan Fihn, MD, MPH on the future of health care

Stephan Fihn, MD, MPH, physician at Harborview Medical Center, persuasively argues in a recent JAMA article that health care’s past may be its future. Read here

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Dr. Bundy weighs in on the future of health care post COVID-19

In the Washington Medical Commission Summer 2020 Update, Dr. Bundy speaks on how COVID-19 has sparked challenges for the health care workforce, and simultaneously created the opportunity to reshape the industry moving forward. Learn More

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WSMA statement of the death of George Floyd

WPHP endorses and supports WSMA’s Statement on the Death of George Floyd. We are actively working to intensify opportunities to identify and counter systemic racism within our organization, the health care system and beyond. Thank you WSMA for address leading the way!  

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Staff Spotlight: Sheldon Cooper

Mr. Cooper was appointed Executive Director by the WPHP Board of Directors in March 2015. He is responsible for WPHP’s administrative and financial policy and operations and, in collaboration with the Executive Medical Director, ensuring the overall fulfillment of WPHP’s Mission. From 1999 to 2014 Mr. Cooper led Homestead Community Land Trust’s efforts to provide […]

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Finding solutions for growing distress on health care professionals

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedent pressures on Health Care Professionals. This article looks to find unique and targeted solutions to the growing distress of our medical colleagues. “Before effective approaches to support health care professionals can be developed, it is critical to understand their specific sources of anxiety and fear. Focusing on addressing […]

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Dr. Donald M. Berwick on defining the “New Normal”

Two recent Viewpoint pieces by JAMA contributor, Dr. Donald M. Berwick, reveal that our choices, not fate, will define the “New Normal” and that we must embrace the moral law within if we hope to counteract the powerful forces that perpetuate inequity. Choices for the “New Normal” The Moral Determinants of Health    

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How are Hospitals looking out for their staffs’ Mental Health during COVID-19?

Learn more about how hospitals across the country are responding to the mental health effects of COVID-19 on their staff. #covid-19 #mentalhealth Read On 

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Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Front Line Workers in Italy and China

What can we learn from Italy and China about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in front line workers? #physicianwellness #covid-19 Read Now

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Health Professionals and their Spiritual Practices

In these difficult times, research is highlighting the protective factors that health professionals experience from their spiritual practice. Article #1 Article #2 

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Does Alcohol Anonymous Work?

A recent Cochrane Review led by Dr. John Kelly and Dr. Keith Humphreys clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous. This excellent video explains the findings and implications for treatment providers and patients. View Now

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Staff Spolight: Shea Scheuler

  Shea joined WPHP in 2018 as Director of Program Development.  She is responsible for strategic initiatives and performance improvement activities that promote accountability, consistency and excellence across WPHP services. Shea’s combination of clinical, business development, and public-relations experience is uniquely suited to her role at WPHP. Through meaningful stakeholder engagement, Shea is able to […]

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Personal privacy versus public safety; an interview with Dr. Paul Earley, FSPHP’s immediate past President

FSPHP Immediate Past President, Dr. Paul Earley, was interviewed as part of the March issue of the Carlat Addiction Treatment Report’s article Personal Privacy Versus Public Safety: Addiction Among Health Professionals. This article explains the balance that PHPs must strike between protecting the doctor and protecting the public. CARLAT VERDICT: “Physician health programs are highly successful […]

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Dr. Chris Bundy speaks on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorders (OUD)

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) does not equal treatment with buprenorphine. Dr. Chris Bundy, WPHP Executive Medical Director and FSPHP President, is interviewed on this complex topic: Doctors’ Exemplary Treatment Success Occurs Absent High Use of Buprenorphine Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly – May 11, 2020 article by Gary Enos in the […]

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FSPHP Spring 2020 Issue – Now Available!

The FSPHP Spring 2020 issue of Physician Health News is now available! This issue introduces our Executive Medical Director, Dr. Chris Bundy, as the 2020-2022 FSPHP President and includes a contribution from our Director of Program Development, Shea Scheuler. View Here

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Senior Members of American Medical Association (AMA): Vote for Luis Sanchez

Senior Members of American Medical Association (AMA): Please consider voting for Luis Sanchez, MD for AMA Delegate, Senior Physicians Section! Ballots went out yesterday. Dr. Sanchez is an addiction psychiatrist who has been a lifelong advocate for addiction treatment and physician health. Please help make sure addiction expertise flourishes at the AMA! Learn More

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Staff Spotlight: Sachi Sugimoto

Sachi joined WPHP in September 2017. She is the Senior Accountant and is responsible for managing the organization’s day to day accounting operations, and preparing and analyzing financial reports. Sachi received her BA in Accounting at Seattle University and later her Master of Science in Accounting at the University of Bothell. She is currently working […]

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Caring for Caregivers

Caring for Caregivers: WSMA resources to help sustain health professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit Now

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