February 2021

In This Issue...

  1. Annual Conference - Call for Abstracts
  2. February 19th Webinar - An Engaged Spirituality
  3. February's Podcast
  4. Research
  5. Other Resources
  6. Diamond Sponsor Donation

2021 Annual Conference

Last Call for Abstracts:

The Coalition for Physician Well-Being will include a time to share innovative research or program development that pertains to the promotion of physician wellness and may address burnout issues. The intent of the posters will be to help other organizations as they continue to develop programs to address and prioritize physician wellness within our healthcare organization’s and within medical education. We invite you to participate as we continue to advocate for our clinicians. Please share with anyone you know of who would have an interest in attending our conference or participating in the poster sessions. Deadline for submissions is February 15thFor more abstract submission information: Click here

  • We plan an in-person Annual Meeting in Denver this year but realize that our plans are contingent on progress against the pandemic.
  • We anticipate having the second edition of Transforming the Heart of Practice available at the Annual Meeting.

 February 19th Webinar - An Engaged Spirituality

Presenter:  Dan Dwyer, PhD

We often refer to wholistic care implying that we attend to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual concerns of our patients. The same holds true for ourselves as professional caregivers. But we tend to focus on care of the body and mind, and less so our spirit. This webinar will discuss how scientific minded and practical physicians and other caregivers can develop an engaged spirituality that affirms the role of the spiritual dimension of our active lives. Register Now!

February's Podcast 

Kelly Bastian is the Managing Director of hospice services at Agape Hospice and Palliative Care in Denver, Co. As a nurse practitioner, she has provided care and served in various leadership roles in Agape for the past 14 years. Kelly is known for her authentic, direct, and down-to-earth approach to patient care, as well as leadership. 

Steve Reames is the Executive Director of the Ada County Medical Society, a Boise Idaho based membership association of over 2500 physicians, advanced practice providers, and medical residents and students. In 2016, he led the Ada County Medical Society in creating its Physician Vitality Program. Since then, the society has become recognized as a key leader in the Boise metropolitan medical community on issues of physician burnout, self-care, resilience, and systems change. 

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. 


'Death by 1000 Cuts': Medscape National Physician Burnout & Suicide Report 2021 *To view article a Medscape account must be created.*

More than 12,000 physicians in 29 specialties responded to this year's Medscape National Physician Burnout & Suicide Report.  Not surprisingly that during the current pandemic, the results indicate that problems have worsened. Read more

Association of Physician Burnout With Suicidal Ideation and Medical Errors

The results of this cross-sectional study of over 1300 practicing physicians suggest that "depression but not physician burnout is directly associated with suicidal ideation. Burnout was associated with self-reported medical errors." Read more

Traumatic Stress in Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review of the Immediate Impact

This literature review article highlights that during the first 5 months of the pandemic, the presence of trauma-related stress had a prevalence ranging from 7.4 to 35%. It was particularly common among women, nurses, frontline workers, and in workers who experienced physical symptoms. Read more

Assessment of Electronic Health Record Use Between US and Non-US Health Systems

This study found that "US clinicians compared with their non-US counterparts spent substantially more time actively using the EHR for a wide range of clinical activities or tasks". The implications in terms of physician burnout for US physicians should be clear. Read more

Burnout among Primary Care Providers and Staff: Evaluating the Association with Practice Adaptive Reserve and Individual Behaviors

Organizational capacity for change and healthcare professionals’ ability to respond to change are negatively correlated with burnout in healthcare professionals. These results are consistent with efforts to both build organizational capacity for change and support providers and staff during transitions. Read more

Other Resources

Peer Coaching Impacts on Physician Well Being: A White Paper

This white paper describes how peer coaching works, present the evidence that it is effective, and reviews a couple of case studiesRead more

Q&A: Physicians Often Attacked on Social Media for Public Health Messaging

A physician discusses her research finding related to physicians being attacked on social media. She also addresses what can be done to address this problem. Read more

Doctors, Facing Burnout, Turn to Self-Care

This is an article about how in response to the pandemic, a number of programs are working to help clinicians take better care of their own mental health. Read more

“Epidemic”: 75% of Workplace Assaults Happen to Health Care Workers

From 2009 to 2013, health care professionals reported more than 730,000 cases of assault, this article talks about a bill in Congress that has passed the House on Nov. 21 with bipartisan support. This bill would require OSHA to issue a nationwide standard for establishing and implementing workplace violence prevention plans for health care professionals. Read more


Diamond Sponsor Donation

We would like to thank Dr. Malcolm Herring at Physician Formation Consulting for making a generous diamond sponsor donation to The Coalition for Physician Well-Being.

We welcome you to consider partnering with us as we seek to be a valued resource in the support of physician wellbeing. For more information on the endeavors you will support and to make a donation, please visit our website by selecting the button below.


Message from the Editor

Do you have information that you would like to publish in our newsletter? If so send me (Michael Brown [email protected]) what you wish for us to include. Here are some potential ideas you might wish to submit:

1. Events related to the mission that you are running or attending
2. Recently published research that you found interesting
3. Relevant job postings
4. Member job changes or advancements
5. Relevant efforts for which you are looking for collaborators
6. Anything else you believe might be of interest to coalition members 

Michael E. Brown MD, MS, MHCM, CHCIO
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