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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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WPHP Report – What is the Washington Physicians Health Program Doing About Physician Suicide?

Physician suicide remains a concerning issue, and the Washington Physician Health Program (WPHP) initiatives aim to provide crucial support, resources, and prevention strategies. For insights into WPHP’s comprehensive strategies and the broader implications of physician suicide, explore the recent submission from Dr. Chris Bundy and Dr. Jeffrey Sung to WMC Update!

This article highlights WPHP’s commitment to accurate information dissemination, risk assessment protocols, and educational efforts. Emphasizing a compassionate approach, WPHP navigates the complexities of physician suicide, advocating for dignity, hope, and well-being.

Together, we can support our healthcare professionals and foster awareness on this critical issue.

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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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Contributions to the FSPHP 2023 Annual Education Conference

The Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) Annual Education Conference is a highly anticipated event that brings together experts, advocates, and stakeholders in the field of physician health. This year’s conference, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was no exception. WPHP’s participation in the conference was multifaceted, reflecting the organization’s commitment to advancing the field of physician health through expertise, innovation, and advocacy.

A major highlight for WPHP was the development of an alternative toxicology testing paradigm. At the 2022 FSPHP Education Conference, WPHP presented innovative approaches to toxicology testing that utilized technological advances in specimen collection and validation systems. This year, Dr. Bundy and Ms. Courtney Strong returned to the conference to present follow-up data and answer questions, helping to improve toxicology testing for other programs.

Dr. Bundy also joined panelists J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA, Scott Hambleton, MD, DFASAM, Michael Baron, MD, MPH, DFASAM, to discuss the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation’s mission to support the well-being of healthcare workers at the conference.

In addition, Dr. Bundy participated in the FSMB-FSPHP  joint session where he and co-presenter Mike Farrell, JD,  Policy Director at WMC, highlighted the collaborative effort between WMC and WPHP.  In doing so WPHP and WMC aim to inspire and encourage other states to establish similar coordinated relationships.

Another area of focus during the conference was the presentation by Dr. Bundy, along with Dr. Michael Baron and Buddy Stockwell III, JD, on Medication for Opioid Use Disorder in Safety Sensitive Workers. Their presentation drew on their extensive knowledge and experience to provide insights on this important topic.

WPHP’s involvement in the FSPHP Annual Education Conference was not limited to presentations and panels. The organization also took the opportunity to connect with fellow experts and advocates, building partnerships and networks that will strengthen the field of physician health to improve outcomes for physicians and patients alike.

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WPHP Advocacy

Learn more about our advocacy work and the positive changes we’ve made in the latest edition of the WMC newsletter!

Read the full update here.

 

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An Update on the Washington Practitioner Application

Check out this edition of WSMA’s Weekly Rounds to learn more about the updated Washington Practitioner Application. A big thank you to Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) , Washington Medical Commission , and Washington Credentialing Standardization Group (WCSG) for all your support along this journey!

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WPHP Advocates For Participants

WPHP works to protect and enhance the confidentiality of our participants. We’ve compiled a list to highlight some of the hard work we’ve done over the past year.

Recently, Dr. Bundy interviewed with InvestigateTV to explain how confidentiality for physicians translates to safer care for patients.

A few weeks ago, in partnership with the Washington State Medical Association and the Washington Medical Commission, WPHP was successful in preserving an important protection for participant confidentiality in the public records act. 

WPHP introduced legislation in 2022 that adds enhanced confidentiality protections for program participants. SSB 5496 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

In November 2021, WPHP worked closely with the Washington Medical Commission to remove licensure questions about health history, replacing them with an advisory that points to WPHP. The amended application only asks about current impairing or potentially impairing substance use that is not known to WPHP.

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Dr. Chris Bundy receives the WSMA President’s 2021 Unsung Hero Award!

This award recognizes Dr. Bundy’s extraordinary contributions to Washington’s healthcare workforce and honors the work of WPHP.  

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Doug Yoshida, MD, JD highlights WPHP’s voluntary participation.

At the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Annual Meeting, Doug Yoshida, MD, JD highlights WPHP’s high rate of voluntary program participation.  

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WPHP is Hiring!

Want to work with an outstanding team, helping physicians and other health professionals heal and achieve lives and careers they never thought possible? Check out our 2 Clinical Coordinator job postings! 

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WPHP is Hiring!

We are currently working to fill 2 Clinical Coordinator positions on our team! If you know someone who may be interested in joining our team, please direct them to our Indeed post for more information on the Clinical Coordinator position or have them contact Courtney Strong directly with questions.       

 

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WPHP April Physician Health Focus

WPHP’s April Physician Health Focus is now available!  

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WPHP is Hiring!

We are currently working to fill 2 Clinical Coordinator positions on our team! If you know someone who may be interested in joining our team, please direct them to our Indeed post for more information on the Clinical Coordinator position or have them contact Courtney Strong directly with questions. 

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Dr. Bundy discusses the impact of COVID-19 on frontline workers in the Washington Medical Commission Spring 2021 Update

The Washington Medical Commission Spring 2021 Update features the WPHP Report highlighting a study about frontline workers and COVID-19.  

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Registration for WPHP’s 26th Annual Reunion Now Open!

Please join us for our Annual Reunion on June 4.  This year the Reunion will be 100% virtual. Registration is now open and invitees should have received an email with event details 

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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 are in place. This person will be licensed at the master’s level in a relevant mental health field and have extensive experience with co-occurring disorders.

Founded in 1986, WPHP is a small, independent, physician-lead, non-profit organization that advances patient safety by supporting the recovery of doctoral level health care providers in the State of Washington. WPHP is recognized as one of the strongest physician health programs in the United States. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a professional team working in service to an important social mission. With a generous pay structure, an excellent benefits package, flexible work arrangements and a wonderful team of coworkers, this position offers the complete package. Please send us your cover letter and resume to sscheuler@wphp.org.

 

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