July 2021

In This Issue...

  1. Annual Meeting - Join Us
  2. July's Webinar - Extend Support to the Abrasive Physician: Offer Hope 
  3. July's Podcast
  4. Featured New Member
  5. Volunteer Opportunities
  6. Research
  7. Other Resources
  8. Amazon Smile Donations

2021 Annual Conference 

This year's meeting will be brought to you through a virtual platform utilizing Zoom for our live presentations and will provide pre-recorded presentations for you to access on demand. We look forward to connecting with each of you!


  • Two pre-conference specialty tracks for GMEs and Women Physicians

  • Release of the Coalition's second book - Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis: Defusing Burnout, Building Resilience, Restoring Hope

  • Live and On Demand presentations from experts with a passion in supporting the well-being of our healthcare organizations and physicians.

  • Earn up to 15 AMA PRA Category 1 credits!

General Session Registration Fee Update:  Public - $475 | Members - $350

July 16th Webinar - Extend Support to the Abrasive Physician: Offer Hope


Speaker: Lori Tucker, EdD

Psychologically aggressive leaders are known to be destructive. It is indisputable that their abrasive interpersonal behaviors negatively impact their direct reports, the workplace culture, and productivity. In this webinar, Lori will introduce you to a formerly abrasive physician. She will provide insights the physician shared about his arduous journey away from abrasive behavior and then discuss his change through the lens of adult development theory. His story, among others, suggests there is hope for positive change when direct superiors intervene, trusted colleagues offer honest feedback, and external professionals provide specialized coaching, counseling, or training.

Presenting: Extend Support to the Abrasive Physician: Offer Hope Register now!

The Well-Being Connector

 Timothy Hendrix, MD

As medical director at AdventHealth Centra Care, Dr. Timothy Hendrix oversees the delivery of care at 50 urgent care clinics in Florida, Kansas, and North Carolina. In this podcast, Dr. Hendrix discusses what he does to support the well-being of the clinicians who practice at Centra Care.  


Uma Anand, PhD

Dr. Uma Anand is a counseling psychologist at UC Davis. Over the years, she has incorporated the cognitive aspects of yoga into her practice. This podcast will discuss her experiences using these ideas while working with physicians.   

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.

Featured New Member 


Joseph E. Patruno, MD

As Chief Wellness Officer (CWO) for Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), Joseph oversees the well-being mission for 2500 physicians, APCs, residents, fellows, and medical students. He previously served as LVHN President Medical Staff from 2016-2019. During that time, the issue of burnout and its effects on caregivers became evident. Thereafter, he was designated as his Network's first CWO.

Joseph believes that most CWOs, and other individuals who focus on clinician wellbeing, have likely had personal struggles with burnout in their careers (he freely admits that he is no exception). His hope is that by creating a genuine culture of wellness in the healthcare environment, troubles can be better managed, and perhaps even prevented. Hospital leadership should recognize that having healthy and well caregivers is not only a moral and ethical imperative, but it is also critical of care from a quality of care, and financial standpoint as well.

By joining the Coalition, Joseph hopes to forge connections with others who have the same goals in optimizing well-being in the healthcare setting, to be educated on proven strategies to help in this mission, innovative new directions to take, and share successes, failures, and experiences with other who share the mission.

Coalition Volunteer Opportunities

The Member Programming Committee is extending an invitation to members interested in collaborating on the following:

  • Collaborators for content, topic and speaker ideas
  • Monthly Webinars
  • Newsletter
  • The Well-Being Connector Podcast

If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Steven Reames @ [email protected].


Cultural and Structural Features of Zero-Burnout in Primary Care Practices

This cross-sectional analysis of survey data from 715 small-to-medium size primary care practices found that practices appeared to be protected from burnout if they had high levels pf psychological safety and a capacity for learning and development. Read more

Psychiatry Needs to Get Right with God

The authors created what they call SPIRIT (Spiritual Psychotherapy for Inpatient, Residential, Intensive Treatment) which is a flexible and spiritually integrated form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. This article describes evidence that indicates what spirituality can and should be when incorporated into psychiatry. This is true even if the therapist is not religious. Read more

Administrative Burden Among the Factors Driving Physician Burnout

The survey of 799 physicians demonstrates a number of factors correlated with physician burnout. Many of the factors are the same as previously reported. Working at an FQHC is a factor that I have not seen mentioned in other studies. Read more

Personal and Professional Factors Associated with Work-Life Integration Among US Physicians

An imbalance between work needs and personal needs can lead to burnout. This cross-sectional study based on survey data of 4,370 US physicians show the imbalance is more significant for women (particularly between the ages of 45 and 54) and it was not most common in the following specialties; emergency medicine, urology, general surgery, anesthesiology, and family medicine. Read more

The Toll of the Coronavirus Pandemic On Health Care Workers

A recent Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 1,327 front-line health care workers reveals the toll of the coronavirus pandemic on respondents. Read more

 Other Resources

Coping with COVID-19 for Caregivers

During COVID-19, the American Medical Association launched a check-in survey which association and health care systems and practices can use to monitor the impact of COVID-19 has on frontline staff during this pandemic. Although we may seem to be in the waning days of the pandemic (or not), this free tool could still be used to help track the nearly inevitable mental health callout from the pandemic and deploy targeted resources physician and care team member support. Read more

American Conference on Physician Health

Tin October 2021 the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic, and Stanford University are jointly sponsoring the American Conference on Physician Health. The theme of this years conference is "Achieving the quadruple aim: Resilient systems in times of crisis." This bi-annual event will take place October 7-9, 2021 in Scottsdale, AZ. Read more

AMA STEPS Forward 

This webinar series has two event in July:

  • Integrating Organizational Actions Toward Patient Safety and Clinician Well-Being - July 15th, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT Register here
  • Promising Practices to Support Physician Well-Being During COVID-19: A Case Study from EvergreenHealth - July 20,2021, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT Register here

The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

After both Senate and House bills died last year, new aligned versions of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, (s.610 and HR 1667) has been introduced for the current session. The legislation aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care professionals with funds appropriated for programming support research, and enhanced awareness and education about suicide and mental health concerns among healthcare professionals. Read more 

Frustrated Patients Are Making Health Care Workers' Jobs Even Harder

This article from Harvard Business Review describes the problems clinicians are facing as patient's frustrations increase after the pandemic. It then presents suggestions for what organizations can do to better support their staff. Read more

(Thank you to Steven Reames for suggesting most of the content in this section of the newsletter.)

Amazon Smile Donations

The Coalition for Physician Well-Being is now a charitable organization on AmazonSmile. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-3477012 and they will donate 0.5% on eligible purchases to the Coalition for Physician Well-Being at no cost to you. We value the support of our members and friends.

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
[email protected]
Newsletter Editor

 Coalition for Physician Well-Being