April 2022
In This Issue...
1. 2022 Annual Conference – Early Bird Pricing Ends Friday!
2. Register for April's Webinar – Gita Pensa, MD
3. FREE Networking Event for Coalition Members – Register Now!
4. Earn CME Credit with our Virtual Learning Center!
5. The Well-Being Connector Podcast – Bruce Bethancourt, MD
6. Coalition Board Feature – "The Healer" by Dr. Ted Hamilton
7. In the News
8. Research
9. References
10. Coalition Book: Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis
2022 Annual Conference – Early Bird Pricing Ends Friday, April 15th!

Early Bird Pricing for the 2022 Joy & Wholeness Summit ends Friday, April 15!

The conference brings together various leaders and healthcare systems in the industry who are actively employing best practices to combat physician and APP burnout, while providing actionable steps to improve well-being and engagement.

We hope you are as excited as we are to join us in July for a refreshing and empowering summit! All registration and lodging information (including a draft agenda) can be found at the button below. Room blocks are filling fast! Be sure to book soon to secure the discounted, on-site rate.

Sponsor/Exhibitor slots are still available and should be submitted before April 30, 2022.

Learn more and register now at www.forphysicianwellbeing.org.
April 15th – Free Live Webinar
Pennie Sempell, JD
Gita S. Pensa, MD
Associate Professor & Clinician Educator
Brown University Emergency Medicine Residency
The L Word: Malpractice Litigation Stress and Survival
Malpractice litigation can cause significant psychological distress in physician defendants. This webinar will address the sources of this stress particular to physicians. Targeted support for defendants, medical culture change, and education all can play a role in changing the experience for physicians. Gita Pensa, MD, will share her own story as well as insights and interviews from the podcast series, "Doctors and Litigation: The L Word."

About the Speaker

Gita Pensa, MD, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University. Dr. Pensa is the host and editor of AEM Early Access, a research podcast of the Academic Emergency Medicine journal. She is also a regular contributor to Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives (EM:RAP). At the medical school of Brown University, she serves as a Mary B. Arnold Longitudinal Mentor to over forty medical students. She speaks widely on the topic of malpractice litigation and litigation stress, and is also a performance coach for physician defendants.
FREE Networking Event for Members – "Leading Hope" with Dr. Dan Diamond

Join the Coalition for Physician Well-Being and Dan Diamond, MD for this highly-interactive 90-minute online workshop.

Date and Time: Monday, April 18, 2022 • 6:00-7:30 pm EDT
Location: Zoom Meeting Exclusive to Members
As an added benefit of Coalition Membership, this interactive online event is a FREE networking opportunity to connect with other members in an experiential way from the comfort of your home or office. If you are interested in participating in this event, you can learn more about becoming a member at the link below.
Earn CME Credit with our Virtual Learning Center!
As a Member of the Coalition for Physician Well-Being, all members have FREE ACCESS to learning opportunities that will offer you CME credits. This is a part of our ongoing effort to expand the breadth and reach of the resources and tools we offer our valued Members.
Price: Free to Members
As an added benefit of Coalition Membership, all Virtual Learning Center modules are available FREE OF COST for current Members.
Non-Members may still utilize the entire VLC library for $35 per CME credit. Want to become a member? Click here to learn more about member benefits and pricing.
The Well-Being Connector Podcast
Season 2, Episode 9
April 4, 2022
Bruce Bethancourt, MD

About the Speaker

Until recently, Bruce Bethancourt, MD, FACP was the Chief Medical Officer of the Dignity Health Medical Group in Arizona. While there, he promoted professionalism and civility in his physicians. These efforts included a systematic process of feedback and coaching for all of his physicians. He also developed a National Physician and APP mentoring program for Common Spirit Health (the parent company to Dignity).
Information on each of the prior episodes can be found on our website (click here) and you can download any of the episodes on whichever app you might normally use to listen to podcasts.
Coalition Board Feature – The Healer  by Dr. Ted Hamilton
The Healer
Peace, Prayers, and Promises
Ted Hamilton, MD
Here is help for getting back to health! When you or someone you love struggles with a health crisis, finding encouragement, hope and strength are essential. This devotional is written specifically to help you in your journey to physical health and wholeness. This is an ideal gift for anyone experiencing an illness of any kind. The thoughts and meditations contained within these pages will lift your soul and take you on a spiritual journey that intersects faith and hope. Each devotional thought is taken from one of the Gospels, written for patients or their caregivers walking into a doctor's office, at home, or lying in a hospital bed. Through these devotional writings you will encounter everyday life moments that resonate with your own life experience of living, of illness and of healing. All twenty-six healing miracles of Jesus are included. Accept the invitation to read the scriptures that accompany each chapter and you will have read the Gospels of Luke and John in their entirety. The Healer is just what the doctor prescribed.
In the News

Dr. Lorna Breen Law Signals Hope for Healthcare Workers

President Biden signed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act on March 18, 2022.  The new law directs $140 million "to training healthcare providers on suicide prevention strategies and behavioral health, promoting self-care and the importance of seeking help, and scaling best practices." Read more

The Breen bill to protect health providers is well-intentioned. But it won’t stop burnout

The author of this editorial feels the Act does not do enough. Read more

Former nurse guilty of homicide in medication error death

Not being a lawyer, I can't speak to the merits of this legal case. However, this story may make many clinicians scared and angry. Clearly, the nurse was wrong, and there should be consequence to her actions. However, when a well-intentioned, overworked nurse responds to a series of system failures with work arounds (clearly not following policies), we might fault her for her errors, but convicting her of criminally negligent homicide seems inappropriate. She reported her mistakes and fully cooperated with the investigation, but unfortunately, that is leading some to conclude that covering up her mistake would have been better for her. As with most medical errors, there were many contributing factors (some vital ones in this case were clearly not her fault), and our health systems need to learn from these kinds of mistakes. This verdict might have been legally correct, but it was not good for patients or providers. Read more

‘Why would I want that?’: My sister’s simple question reshaped my physician job search

A young doctor questions the sacrifices she has made to become a physician. Read more

Gaslighting of Black medical trainees makes residency something to ‘survive’

Gaslighting is not a term most associate with residency, but according to this article, it is indeed a problem that needs to be addressed. Read more

Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Integration in Physicians and the General US Working Population Between 2011 and 2020

This 2020 survey that included 7510 physicians continues the evaluations of physician burnout and work-life integration that were performed in 2011, 2014, and 2017.  Physicians continue to be at increased risk of burnout compared to other professions, but the results for physicians have improved slightly.  Results vary by specialty, disruptive economic consequences due to COVID-19 were shown to contribute to burnout. Read more

Prevalence and Sources of Mistreatment Experienced by Internal Medicine Residents

You will need a subscription to read these articles. Article 1 Article 2

Surgeon burnout, impact on patient safety and professionalism: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

This meta-analysis found that the presence of burnout was associated with a 2.5-fold increased risk of a surgeon being involved in a medical error. You will need a subscription to read this article. Read more

The Physicians Foundation 2022 Physician Survey: Part 1

This survey of 1502 physicians demonstrates the ways in which inadequate support for dealing with social determinant of health contributes to physician burnout. Read more

H.R.1667 - Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

For those who wish to read the actual law, it only takes a few minutes to read. Read more
Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis
The Coalition for Physician Well-Being is excited for the release of its new book, Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis. With timely content geared towards physician leaders at every level, our new book offers recommendations and practical solutions for combating the negative effects of burnout while providing the tools necessary for building resilience and restoring hope. For more information and how to order, click here.
“Timely and relevant insight to add to the clinicians “tool kit” for self-care.” - Christopher T Conti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, FAITHWorks Wellness Group
5 out of 5 stars – highly recommend
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