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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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WSMA PSA #6: Staying well mentally & physically

Thank you for helping us stay well during this difficult time Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) !

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Setting the Record Straight

Check out Dr. Bundy’s three part series in the Washington Medical Commission’s Update! In this series Dr. Bundy is “Setting the Record Straight” and answering common questions about Physician Health Programs. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

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WPHP 2020 Annual Reunion Cancellation

Due to COVID-19, WPHP will be unable to hold the Annual Reunion on May 15-17, 2020.  We came to this decision with heavy hearts, understanding how much this event means to our attendees and staff.  We are also acutely aware of how much fellowship and recovery support are needed during these uncertain times. We apologize […]

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Online Recovery Support Resources

WPHP has put together a variety of recovery support resources accessible during this period of social distancing and stay at home orders.   ASAM COVID-19 Support Group Recommendations Mental Health Survival Guide for Physicians During COVID-19 Upcoming Online Class:  Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals For those interested in pursuing online recovery meetings, here are some links to […]

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Volunteers Needed for COVID-19 Response Work

A great opportunity to be of service to our community! As Washington takes more steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 the Department of Health (DOH) will now enroll and activate emergency volunteer health care workers in preparation for health system requests and surging. This will help the state meet emerging demands for health care […]

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Covid-19 Support Group Recommendations

Our Executive Medical Director, Dr. Bundy, is on the ASAM Covid-19 Taskforce and led the team that developed these recommendations for promoting support group attendance. https://www.asam.org/Quality-Science/covid-19-coronavirus/support-group

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Mental Health Survival Guide for Physicians during COVID-19

It is more important than ever that physicians take care of themselves in this crisis.  It’s also becoming more and more difficult to access one’s regular supports and self-care activities.  We hope this is a helpful support to our physicians during this difficult time. https://www.medicaleconomics.com/news/mental-health-survival-guide-physicians-during-covid-19 

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Introducing: Courtney Strong, LMHC, SUDP

We are excited to introduce our newest team member, Courtney Strong. Mrs. Strong joined WPHP in 2020. As Clinical Director, Mrs. Strong is responsible for direct supervision and professional development of the clinical staff.  In addition, Mrs. Strong manages quality, performance and operational activities that promote WPHP’s commitment to accountability, consistency, and excellence. She has a […]

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Cochrane Review Final Word on Benefits of 12 Step Programs

A 2020 Cochrane Review was recently released evaluating outcomes and cost-effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Twelve-Step Facilitation (TSF).  While a prior 2006 Cochrane Review did not provide conclusive evidence of the effectiveness of the AA or TSF approaches, it was limited to eight studies and much has changed since then. Most important to this current review is the […]

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What your doctor wants you to know: Is it a cold or COVID-19?

Another PSA from the Washington State Medical Association:

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WPHP is Hiring!

We’re Hiring:  We are currently working to fill 3 positions! Two Clinical Coordinator positions on our team. One facilitator for the Mt. Vernon Substance Use Disorder group. This group meets for 1.5 hours once a week. If you know someone who may be interested in joining our team, please direct them to our Indeed post […]

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WSMA PSA on COVID-19 #2

Check out the second installment of Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) sharing about COVID-19

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WSMA PSA on COVID-19

Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) continues their PSAs on COVID-19

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