June 2021

In This Issue...

  1. 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
  2. June 18th Webinar - Compassion Fatigue: An Exploratory Dialogue
  3. The Well-Being Connector Podcast
  4. Featured New Member
  5. New Book - Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis
  6. Member Programming Committee
  7. Research
  8. Other Resources
  9. 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

June 18th Webinar - Compassion Fatigue: An Exploratory Dialogue


Speaker: Sue Kiernan and Steven Reames

Join Coalition webinar co-hosts Sue Kiernan and Steven Reames in a dialogue around compassion fatigue. Together they will explore this topic from their unique perspectives, experiences, and training, bringing insights and solutions to the challenge of emotional exhaustion that physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers face.

Presenting: Compassion Fatigue: An Exploratory Dialogue Register now!

The Well-Being Connector

Shikha Jain, MD

Dr. Shikha Jain is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Recently, she published findings from her research which demonstrated the prevalence of personal attacks and sexual harassment of physicians on social media.  

Rebecca Margolis, DO and Jina Sinskey, MD

Both Dr. Rebecca Margolis and Dr. Jina Sinskey practice Pediatric Anesthesiology and work toward physician well-being in their respective organizations (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and UCSF). In this podcast, they will describe their common efforts and mutual collaboration. 

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 


John C. Welch, MDiv, PhD

John is a long-time resident of Pittsburgh with 22-years of experience in Information Systems consulting, 14-years in higher education administration, and 10-years as Chief Chaplain for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of Business Ethics for the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business and Medical Ethics for the University of Pittsburgh’s Consortium Ethics Program. He serves as well as a member of the Ethics Committee for Forbes Hospital of Allegheny Health Network.

John holds a PhD in Healthcare Ethics and has presented locally and abroad on such topics as the role of faith in medical decision making, implicit bias and the quality of patient care, moral distress, advanced care planning, non-violence and collective moralism, as well as police and community relations.

Through the Coalition, John hopes to increase his knowledge, expand his relationships, as well as meet professionals with shared interests.

New Book: Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis


The Coalition for Physician Well-Being is excited to debut the cover design of its upcoming book, Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis. This uplifting volume takes you on an ascending journey of steps that guide you through mechanisms for defusing burnout, building resilience, and restoring hope.

We are offering a 60% discount on orders of 10 or more books. Please use the pre-publication code to obtain your discount: PWBPRE60. For more information and to order click here.

Member Programming Committee

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]


Coping with the Practice of Medicine: Religion, Spirituality, and Other Personal Strategies

This paper describes a qualitative study that attempted to understand how the residents and their faculty coped with the stress of their work. The study involved subjects provided written reflections to questions about successful and disappointing patient experiences, as well as describing their personal, religious, or spiritual practices. Read more

Can Death Cafés Resuscitate Morale in Hospitals?

Death Cafés are an increasingly common practice where people get together to discuss death (https://deathcafe.com/what/). This paper describes how a large, public Level I Trauma center brought this practice to healthcare. Read more

The Impact of Power on Health Care Team Performance and Patient Safety: A Review of the Literature

This article presents the findings from a review of the literature on power within multidisciplinary health care team settings. Although the article does not directly address provider burnout, it does provide another justification for addressing the issue of how healthcare workers relate to each other. Read more

Burnout Rate and Risk Factors among Anesthesiologists in the United States

This survey questioned member anesthesiologists of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The results indicate that a number of factors associated with burnout, but perceived workplace support was the most prominent factor. Read more

Establishing Crosswalks Between Common Measures of Burnout in US Physicians

This study sampled a total of 1355 physicians from the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile. It linked the Stanford Professional Fulfillment Index (PFI) and Mini-Z Single-Item Burnout (MZSIB) scale to the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) in item response theory (IRT) fixed-calibration and equipercentile analyses and created crosswalks mapping PFI and MZSIB scores to corresponding MBI scores. The findings will allow healthcare organizations using the PFI or MZSIB to compare group-level scores to historical, regional, or national MBI scores (and vice-versa). Read more

 Other Resources

Experts Are Offering 2 Competing Words for Your Current Blah Feeling: Are You Languishing or Dormant?

As the pandemic comes to an end, many feel off, but the struggle for how to describe it. This article describes some of the terms you might hear some are now using. Read more

Two More States Pass Laws Protecting Physician Wellness Programs

This blog post describes progress in a few states to enact legislation to provide immunity to Wellness Program participants. These efforts are an attempt to minimize the risk that doctors hesitate to participate in wellness programs because of the risk of discoverability and judgement down the road. Read more

StressPal Frontline Now Eligible As a Continuing Education (CE) Activity

StressPal (stresspal.com) is an online continuing medical platform that provides training in resilience self-care for clinicians and other healthcare workers. Now, physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other healthcare team members can get professional credit for using the system. Read more

Assessing and Supporting Late Career Practitioners: Four Key Questions

This article describes the experience of some organizations that created programs for dealing with the concern of some physicians practicing at an age well beyond when most of the colleagues have retired. Read more 

Amazon Smile Donations

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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