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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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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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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.

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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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Physician Assistants Day

October 6th marks National Physician Assistants Day! We would like to recognize and give thanks to the Physician Assistant profession. #PAsAreEssential

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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

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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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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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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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Dr. Bundy weighs in on the future of health care post COVID-19

In the Washington Medical Commission Summer 2020 Update, Dr. Bundy speaks on how COVID-19 has sparked challenges for the health care workforce, and simultaneously created the opportunity to reshape the industry moving forward.

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WSMA statement of the death of George Floyd

WPHP endorses and supports WSMA’s Statement on the Death of George Floyd. We are actively working to intensify opportunities to identify and counter systemic racism within our organization, the health care system and beyond. Thank you WSMA for leading the way!

 

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