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Free suicide prevention webinar with CME offered by FSPHP!

Federation of State Physician Health Programs is offering a free on-demand webinar, Physician Suicide Prevention: Listening to the Voices of Experience. 

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ADA Dentist Health and Well-Being Conference 2021!

It is always the right time to take care of yourself!  Register now for this 5 CE virtual event emphasizing human connection and peer support. 

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Takeaways from frontline clinicians 1 year after COVID-19

The National Academy of Medicine released their findings after reaching out to clinicians on how COVID-19 has affected their professional and personal lives. The results may be helpful in furthering efforts to improve physician well-being.  

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Physician Peer Coaching

A recent articlewritten by Sara Tamarin, explains the benefits of engaging with a physician peer coach 

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Predictors of Mental Health Outcomes in Healthcare Workers During COVID-19

Yale researchers find high rates of mental health and substance use disorders among healthcare workers – lack of social support identified as a key predictor. 

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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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Dr. Chris Bundy presenting at Western Doctors In Recovery Annual Meeting

Register now to see him present on Mental Health Concerns for Health Professionals During Covid

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Crisis Resources for Health Care Workers

WPHP recently compiled a list of local, regional, and national resources for crisis prevention and response for health care workers 

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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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FSPHP Fall/Winter 2020 Issue Released, Presidential Message from Dr. Bundy

In this Issue of Physician Health News, WPHP Executive Medical Director and FSPHP President, Dr. Chris Bundy, reflects on the silver linings and lessons learned from Covid-19 in 2020. 

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New COVID-19 Resources from Dr. Luana Marques

With the unprecedented pressures being put on the health care system, it is more important than ever for health care professionals to tend to their health. Dr. Luana Marques has recently released COVID-19 resources for healthcare professionals to help manage emotions and build resilience.

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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.

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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 may be effective for increasing resilience during these unprecedented times.

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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.

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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 those concerns, rather than teaching generic approaches to stress reduction or resilience, should be the primary focus of support efforts.”

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Caring for Caregivers

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

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