March 2021

In This Issue...

  1. Annual Conference Update
  2. March 19th Webinar - Compassion and Empathy in Medicine
  3. Well-Being Connector Podcast
  4. Advisory Member Council Feature
  5. Research
  6. Other Resources
  7. Donation Opportunities

2021 Annual Conference Update


Our goal is to continue to ensure the safety of our members and attendees. To do this, we have officially decided that this year we will move forward with a virtual conference. We look forward to connecting with each of you and bringing you impactful resources in support of physician well-being. Please continue to save this date for our virtual conference – July 28-30, 2021. More information is soon to come. You may also visit our site for updates.

March 19th Webinar - Compassion and Empathy in Medicine

Presenter:  Dominic Vachon, MDiv, PhD

Dr. Vachon is the Director, Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine in the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a professor of practice in the preprofessional studies department, where he teaches courses in compassionate care in medicine, medical counseling skills, and spiritualties of caring in the helping professions. Vachon does research on the internal mental and emotional process of the clinician compassion mindset in patient care, clinician communication skills, and innovations in medical training applying the science of compassion. 

Presenting: Compassion and Empathy in Medicine  Register Now!

Well-Being Connector Podcast 

The interview begins with an anonymous obstetrician talking about her experience emotionally dealing with a specific adverse event. She is then joined by Susan Wilson MD who worked as her peer coach after the event. Susan is a retired EM physician who is now certified as a physician peer coach and she has a special interest in peer support for Second Victim Syndrome. 

For the past 30 years, Dan has been an ethicist and mission leader at the local, regional, and system wide level in several different religiously sponsored health care systems. Currently, he is the Regional Mission Leader for SSM health in Wisconsin with responsibilities for supporting the Dean Medical Group, Dean Medical Plan, four regional hospitals, and two long term care facilities. Over the years, Dan has facilitated many retreats and workshops for physicians focusing on the search for and/or renewal of meaning and purpose in their lives and work. 

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. 

Advisory Council Member Feature

Congratulations to long-time member Mary Wolf, LPC-MH, BCC, who has started Veritee Partners, a physician and executive coaching and consulting business. Mary’s dedicated 25-year career has focused on the emotional wellbeing of physicians, leaders, and staff in healthcare. As a licensed professional counselor and certified executive coach, she has developed significant expertise in burnout, critical incidents, wellbeing, and leadership. Read more


Day-to-day Variability in Sleep Parameters and Depression Risk: A Prospective Cohort Study of Training Physicians

A study involving 2,115 medical interns using both wearable devices and a smartphone application demonstrated that not only does the amount of sleep affect mood, but the variability in the timing of sleep impact mood and depression as well. The results imply that interventions that target sleep consistency (along with sleep duration) have promise for promoting improved mental healthRead more

Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Among Frontline Health Care Personnel in a Multistate Hospital Network — 13 Academic Medical Centers, April–June 2020

Serum specimens were collected from 3,248 clinicians who worked with COVID-19 patients in 13 geographically dispersed academic medical centers, and 194 (6.0%) had positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Of those, 29% had been asymptomatic in the prior few months, and 69% had not previously received a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Since a high proportion of cases were undetected, more testing within health systems seems warranted.  Read more

The Association Between Health Care Staff Engagement and Patient Safety Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

This meta-analysis involving 11 studies found an association between staff engagement and patient safety. The implication is that increasing staff engagement could be an effective means of enhancing patient safety. Read more

Nurse Burnout Predicts Self-Reported Medication Administration Errors in Acute Care Hospitals

This cross-sectional study using electronic surveys that included using the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory involved 928 registered nurses in 42 acute care hospitals. It found that each burnout dimension (Personal, Work-related, and Client-related Burnout) was a statistically significant predictor of self-reported medication administration errors. It implies that efforts to reduce burnout in nurses can improve patient safety. Read more

Factors Contributing to Healthcare Professional Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Rapid Turnaround Global Survey

2,707 healthcare professionals from 60 countries participated in this cross-sectional survey. Fifty-one percent of the healthcare professionals reported burnout, and the study reviews factors that are associated with burnout. Among the findings is that burnout was significantly associated with work impacting household activities, limited access to PPE, and making life-or-death decisions due to medical supply shortagesRead more

Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions of Critical Care Resource Availability and Factors Associated with Mental Well-being During COVID-19: Results from a US Survey

A survey of 1,651 intensive care unit providers from all 50 states assesses the impact of COVID-19 on their perceptions of resource availability and evaluates factors associated with emotional distress/burnout. The paper concludes that addressing insufficient PPE access, poor communication from supervisors, and community stigma may improve provider mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Other Resources

The Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program 

In an effort to reduce physician burnout, the American Medical Association (AMA) has created a new recognition program for health systems with at least 100 physicians. Organizations can be recognized at the bronze, silver, and gold level, and the AMA has published a framework that helps organizations understand they can work to meet the requirements of each of these levelsRead more

Interventions to support the resilience and mental health of frontline health and social care professionals during and after a disease outbreak, epidemic or pandemic: a mixed methods systematic review

This evidence based Cochrane report reviewed the literature related disease outbreaks from around the world, and it found at best moderate evidence for potential interventions. Based on the conclusions with moderate evidence, the authors suggest that those managing a crisis consider the following questions:

  • Is the intervention flexible, with ability to be tailored to meet local needs?
  • Are the needs and resources of the frontline workers known (known to the front line workers and to their employers/organizations)?
  • Are there effective networks of communication (both formal and social networks)?
  • Is there a positive, safe and supportive learning environment for the frontline workers (for example, for learning new skills related to caring for patients with the disease)?
  • Is there adequate resourcing, including necessary equipment, staff time and skills, for the intervention? Read more

Educational Webinar: Healthcare Leadership Panel on Peer Coaching: New Research, Experiences and Best Practices (March 24, 12-1 pm CST)

In this webinar sponsored by VITAL WorkLife, panelists will share the impact peer coaching has had on their organization and clinicians, and successful best practices in promoting peer coaching. You’ll also hear about the latest research proving the efficacy of peer coaching for supporting clinician well being. Register

Donation Opportunities

  • The Coalition for Physician Well-Being is now a charitable organization on AmazonSmile. Shop at amazon.smile.com 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.

  • Partner with us by hosting a fundraiser on your Facebook home page to raise awareness and raise funds for the Coalition. All you need to do is search for our organization and share to your newsfeed.

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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 Coalition for Physician Well-Being