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Celebrating Excellence: Dr. Chris Bundy and Dr. Laura Moss Honored by the Federation of State Physician Health Programs

We are excited to share that WPHP’s Dr. Chris Bundy and Dr. Laura Moss have each received a prestigious 2024 Board of Directors Service Award from the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) during the FSPHP 2024 Education Conference.

Scott Hambleton, MD, DFASAM, Chair of the Mississippi Physician Health Committee and Immediate Past President of FSPHP, remarked, “Congratulations to the FSPHP 2024 Award Recipients! These exceptional individuals are dedicated to advancing the well-being and professional success of our nation’s medical professionals. Through their unwavering commitment and expertise, they contribute significantly to improving healthcare outcomes and fostering a supportive environment within the medical community.”

“All of our esteemed FSPHP Board Members and member volunteers bring unparalleled dedication and expertise to their roles and are committed to advancing FSPHP’s mission to support physician health programs in improving the health of medical professionals, thereby contributing to quality patient care,” said Michael Baron, MD, MPH, DFASAM, DAPA, Medical Director of the Tennessee Medical Foundation – Physician’s Health Program and newly appointed President of FSPHP.

Dr. Chris Bundy, Executive Medical Director at WPHP and a Past President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, received the honor for his exceptional leadership in physician health. This recognition underscores his exemplary dedication and outstanding contributions to advocacy for physician well-being. Dr. Bundy has left an indelible mark on the realm of physician health with his tireless commitment to improving the well-being of healthcare professionals through shaping policies and practices in the medical community.

Dr. Laura Moss, Associate Medical Director at WPHP and the current Western Region Director at FSPHP, has been a driving force in promoting physician wellness. Dr. Moss’s tenure has been marked by her steadfast dedication and proactive efforts to advance physician well-being. Her leadership on the board reflects her deep understanding of the challenges facing healthcare professionals and her commitment to finding innovative solutions to promote their health.

These awards recognize the efforts of Dr. Bundy and Dr. Moss in advancing the mission of the FSPHP. Their service and dedication have been instrumental in fostering environments where physicians can thrive, both personally and professionally.

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Washington Physicians Health Program at FSPHP’s Annual Education Conference

At the April 2024 Federation of Physician Health Programs Annual Education Conference in Nashville, the spotlight was on enhancing the effectiveness of professional health programs through collaboration to improve health and well-being. Among the key highlights were discussions on leveraging PHPs to support physician well-being, collaborative efforts with graduate medical education, managing co-occurring conditions, neurocognitive testing, and the nuances surrounding ADHD diagnoses in healthcare professionals.

Embracing the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Program:

A notable emphasis was placed on adopting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Program as a model for PHPs to effectively support physician well-being and prevent suicides. This approach highlights the importance of proactive intervention and fostering a supportive environment within healthcare communities.

Collaborative Initiatives with Graduate Medical Education:

The collaboration between PHPs and graduate medical education was highlighted as a promising avenue for addressing physician wellness. By integrating PHP resources and expertise into medical training programs, future healthcare professionals can be better equipped to recognize and address mental health challenges early on in their careers.

Managing Co-occurring Conditions:

Dr. Moss from WPHP presented on managing co-occurring conditions which shed light on the complexities involved in treating physicians with multiple health concerns simultaneously. This underscores the importance of a comprehensive approach to healthcare delivery that considers both physical and mental well-being.

Insights from Neuropsychological Testing:

Attendees were treated to an excellent presentation on neuropsychological testing and its role in assessing cognitive function and identifying potential areas of impairment. Such testing can provide valuable insights into an individual’s neurological health and aid in the development of tailored treatment plans.

Addressing ADHD Diagnosis in Health Professionals:

The prevalence and pitfalls of ADHD diagnosis in health professionals were explored, drawing attention to the challenges of distinguishing between symptoms of ADHD and those of occupational stress or burnout. This underscores the need for careful evaluation and personalized management approaches when assessing ADHD in healthcare settings.

The FSPHP Annual Education Conference provided a platform for insightful discussions and practical strategies aimed at enhancing physician well-being and preventing suicides. By embracing collaborative initiatives, leveraging evidence-based programs, and staying abreast of emerging trends in mental health assessment and treatment, PHPs can play a pivotal role in supporting the health of healthcare professionals.

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The Washington Physician Health Program CARES for Dentists!

In the world of healthcare, professionals often find themselves under immense pressure. The demands of the job, coupled with personal challenges, can sometimes push them to their limits. While Cary’s story is fictional, it exemplifies the kind of transformation that healthcare professionals can achieve with the support of organizations like WPHP. We encourage you to read the recent submission to the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) to dive into Cary’s journey and learn more about how WPHP is making a difference in the lives of healthcare providers.

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Barriers to Recovery for Medical Professionals: Assessing Financial Support through a Survey of Physician Health Programs

Physician burnout, psychiatric problems, and substance use disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent. However, the costs of recovery for physicians enrolled in Physician Health Programs (PHPs) remain unexamined. This survey study published in The American Journal on Addictions recent article sheds light on the financial strain on physicians, especially those in training, and highlights resources for financial assistance such as fee deferrals and sliding scale fees. It’s crucial that access to PHPs is available, destigmatized, and affordable for all physicians.

 

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Partnering with State Physician Health Programs article featured in Psychiatric Times

A recent article, written by Dr. Steven Adelman, describes the advantages of working with PHP’s for psychiatrists and others who provide care to physicians. 

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Thank you Federation of State Physician Health Programs, INC (FSPHP) for sharing this interview with Dr. Chris Bundy and others exploring burnout, the pandemic, and how PHPs can be a resource in times of need.

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Partnering with Physician Health Programs (PHP)

A great article out this week highlighting the importance of collaborating with Physician Health Programs when treating doctors with substance use disorders. 

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President of Doctors of British Columbia message on ‘finding your reason’ during covid

Matthew Chow provides a touching message on finding meaning amidst misery.

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Recent JSAT study, co-authored by Dr. Bundy on physician health programs and COVID-19.

A recent studypublished in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, describes how physician health programs have adapted to COVID-19. Co-authored by Dr. Christopher Bundy, the study explores how these adaptations have helped physicians 

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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 and are the gold standard for abstinence-based treatment. Lessons can be gleaned from their structure and applied to other models, including the importance of a contingency management framework and long-term monitoring.”

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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 May issue of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly.

“Physicians experience some of the most noteworthy recovery success rates among professional groups, largely because of the presence of physician health programs (PHPs) that offer a treatment-focused alternative to discipline while still protecting public safety.”

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WPHP’s 2023 Annual Report

Our 2023 Annual Report is here!

This Annual Report celebrates WPHP’s 2023 accomplishments and honors our partners. While the work we do is complex, it is based on a simple and highly effective model deployed with accountability, consistency, and excellence. WPHP works — the health professionals we support, as well as their families, patients and communities, all benefit from our efforts. None of this would be possible without the support of the licensees whose surcharges underwrite our work; the courageous compassion of those who reach out to us each year on behalf of themselves or a peer; the collaboration among the employers, organizations, professional associations, Boards and Commissions with whom we partner; and the dedication of our volunteer Board of Directors to guide our mission.

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Dr. Bundy’s “Setting the Record Straight”

Check out Dr. Bundy’s latest contribution to the Washington Medical Commission’s Update! In this Winter Update Dr. Bundy is “Setting the Record Straight” and answering common questions about Physician Health Programs.

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