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The implications of fighting Covid on the frontlines

A recent Crosscut article highlights the burnout physicians and health care workers across Washington state are experiencing as they enter their second year of fighting Covid 

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Thank you, WSMA for sharing this important article on burnout among health care workers in Washington! 

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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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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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VA study for health care workers on the impacts of COVID-19 related stress

If you are a health care worker who has been impacted by COVID-19 related stress, we invite you to participate in this study being conducted by Dr. Rebecca Hendrickson, trauma researcher at the University of Washington/VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The study aims to analyze the impact of COVID and how to better provide protections against the stressful impact of the pandemic. 

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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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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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King County Medical Society COVID-19 Vaccine resources

The King County Medical Society helps health care workers not affiliated with hospitals find COVID-19 vaccination sites 

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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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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.  

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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 use only ask about current impairment (rather than past history, diagnoses, or treatment) and allow physicians known to WPHP to answer “no” to its question about current medical conditions.  

Countless Washington physicians have benefitted from these changes and expressed to us their deep gratitude to live and work in a state that supports doctors confidentially getting the help they need and deserve. 

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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.” 

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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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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.

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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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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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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 health. Follow the National Alliance on Mental Illness this week to find more resources and information on this important topic!

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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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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

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