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Congrats to Dr. Chris Bundy, the President of FSPHP

Congratulations to our Executive Medical Director, Dr. Chris Bundy, who recently began his two-year term as President of the Federation of State Physician Health Program.  Learn more 

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World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Month

The month of October marks Mental Health Month. WPHP’s mission is to facilitate the rehabilitation of health-care professionals who have health conditions that could compromise patient safety and to monitor their recovery. This often includes issues of mental health. It is more important than ever for health professionals to care of themselves and their mental […]

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WPHP’s Lindsay Shea is featured in WMC Fall edition of Update!

Lindsay explores how mental health disparities create “double vulnerability” for those in minority communities. Read here

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October 8th marks National Depression Screening Day

As a part of Mental Illness Week, October 8th marks National Depression Screening Day. It is important to take care of your mental health and seek help if you are in need. #NationalDepressionScreeningDay Learn More

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International Podiatry Day

Today is International Podiatry Day and we would like to recognize and give thanks to Podiatric Physicians. #Feetmatter Learn More

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Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals available online!

Mindfulness Northwest is offering a 5-week mindfulness series designed for medical professionals and therapists beginning October 19th. This course is online and offers 14 CME hours. Please visit Mindfulness Northwest for more information. Learn More

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AMA resources for combating physician stress during COVID-19

The American Medical Association has released a set of modules to help manage physician stress during COVID-19. These modules are designed for health system leadership and provide helpful strategies to support physicians and care teams during this pandemic. Learn More

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Physician Assistants Day

October 6th marks National Physician Assistants Day! We would like to recognize and give thanks to the Physician Assistant profession. #PAsAreEssential Learn More

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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 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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