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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.   Learn More

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

A recent study, published 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.   Read Now

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COVID-19 Vaccine updates from WSMA

Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is leading COVID-19 vaccination education efforts in Washington and has up-to-date information for health care workers needing vaccinations.   Learn More

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COVID-19 has made it more important than ever to address barriers to mental health treatment for physicians

This AAMC article highlights how licensing concerns and stigma may be discouraging physicians from seeking needed mental health treatment amidst the strains of the pandemic.     In 2018, WPHP successfully collaborated with the Washington Medical Commission to reform the questions on the Washington Medical Licensing initial and renewal applications.  Since then, questions regarding health and substance […]

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Sleep deprivation is the socially accepted form of impairment that is hiding in plain sight in medicine.

A recent study published in JAMA links sleep-related impairment, to physician burnout and medical errors. Findings confirm that physician performance is not immune to the negative effects of sleep deprivation and suggest that “interventions to mitigate sleep-related impairment in physicians are warranted.”  Read Now

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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.  Read Now View FSPHP Newsletters

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Executive Medical Director, Dr. Chris Bundy, weighs in on recent NY Times article

Executive Medical Director, Dr. Chris Bundy, weighs in on recent NY Times article exploring the benefits and challenges of virtual substance use recovery meetings and treatment. Read Now    

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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. Learn More

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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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