May 2021

In This Issue...

  1. 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
  2. Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
  3. May 21st Webinar - Spiritual First Aid
  4. The Well-Being Connector Podcast
  5. Featured New Member
  6. Research
  7. Other Resources

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.

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

 Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available for organizations looking to partner in support of physician well-being. Organizations will be prominently featured on our website, social media, mobile app and throughout our conference. View the information packet below and contact us with your interest. 

May 21st Webinar - Spiritual First Aid

Speaker: Jamie Aten, PhD

Spiritual First Aid is the first disaster spiritual and emotional care intervention to have been built from the ground up, using evidence-informed psychological and spiritual insights gained from years of scientific study. Join Dr. Jamie Aten from Wheaton’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute as he shares about this unique approach to learning and providing spiritual and emotional care for others. The framework he and his colleagues developed takes the “guesswork” out of providing disaster spiritual and emotional care.

Presenting: Spiritual First Aid Register now!

The Well-Being Connector

Rachel Barbanel-Fried, PsyD

Dr. Rachel Barbanel-Fried, aka Dr. RBF, is a clinical psychologist, writer, and executive coach. She consults with executives and organizations looking to elevate performance and reach new levels of success in the workplace and beyond.  

Sharon Grossman, PhD

Dr. Sharon Grossman is a psychologist, emotional intelligence expert, and the author of The 7E Solution to Burnout. She joins this podcast with a first responder who was helped by reading Sharon's book and applying her methods.  

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 


Michelle Phillips, C-TAGME

Michelle is the GME Psychiatry Residency Program Coordinator and a GME Wellness Committee co-chair at Kaweah Delta Health Care District located in Visalia, California, United States. Her journey to physician wellness advocacy began when she observed the stressors to which physicians are exposed, saw the lack of intentional support after difficult cases, and learned about the rate of suicide in physicians. She has a fortunate advantage in that she works in an institution where the residency programs are centrally housed in GME, and there is a diverse group who collaborate together.

She is passionate about providing physicians with compassionate care/grace, and she always looks for ways to say “yes”. Her committee has trained wellness ambassadors to provide support after difficult cases, and they support physicians through personal struggles/crises. She enjoys connecting physicians with resources and building the physician community. Michelle joined the Coalition to expand her knowledge and network. She hopes to evolve the mission of her department, expand the reach of their services, and change the approach of well-being from being reactive to proactive across her institution. She looks forward to the upcoming conference in July, and she hopes she can be of help to others.


Maintaining the Fire but Avoiding Burnout: Implementation and Evaluation of a Resident Well-Being Program

Forty-nine general surgery residents participated in a well-being a resilience program, and one year later, the program demonstrated an improvement by Energy Leadership Index (measures emotional intelligence), Maslach Burnout Inventory General Survey, Perceived Stress Scale, the Beck Depression Inventory, and the annual required ACGEM resident survey. Read more

Associate of US Nurses and Physician Occupation with Risk of Suicide

This cohort study used data from 2007 to 2018 that included 2,374 nurses, 857 physicians, and 156,141 individuals in the general population (age, ≥30 years), and found that in the US, the risk of suicide compared with the general population was significantly greater for nurses but interestingly, this study did not find an increased risk for physicians. Read more

Associations of Physicians Burnout With Organizational Electronic Health Record Support and After-Hours Charting

Using data from the KLAS's Arch Collaborative, this study reviewed the association between self-reported burnout and after-hours charting. Physicians who reported greater after-hours charting were twice as likely to report higher burnout scores. Also, physicians who agree that their organization has done a great job with EHR implementation, training, and support were twice as likely to report lower scores on the burnout survey questions. Read more

The Impact of Electronic Health Record-Integrated Patient-Generated Health Data on Clinician Burnout

This study investigated how patient-generated health data in EHRs may contribute to clinician burnout. The results imply that technostress, time pressure, and workflow-related issues should be addressed to accelerate the integration of this data into clinical care. Read more

Prevalence and Nature of Sexist and Racial/Ethnic Microaggressions Against Surgeons and Anesthesiologists

This cross-sectional survey of a diverse cohort of 652 surgeons and anesthesiologists in a large health maintenance organization found a high prevalence of sexist and racial/ethnic microaggressions against the respondents. Exposure to these microaggressions was associated with an increased risk of physician burnout. Read more

Study: Provider Burnout, Shortages Most Disruptive Force in Healthcare

Becker's Hospital Review reports on an industry study of healthcare executives that shows what healthcare leaders expect over the coming year. Read more

Other Resources

Physician Distress and Burnout, the Neurobiological Perspective

This is a review for what is known about the neurobiology of physician stress and burnout. Read more

Coaching in Medical Education

This handbook from the AMA provides a framework for medical educators and administrators who want to form and optimize coaching programs.  Read more

Burned Out by the Pandemic, 3 in 10 Health-Care Workers Consider Leaving Their Profession

This is an interesting article that describes how COVID-19 has led some doctors to leave their profession.  Read more

120 Hospitals, Providers to Measure Burnout in Massachusetts

This is an example of 120 healthcare organizations that are collaborating to measure physician burnout.  Read more

Your Burnout is Unique. Your Recovery Will Be, Too.

The authors of this Harvard Business Review suggest actions employees can take to reduce their risk of burnout.  Read more

Six Lessons on Fighting Burnout from Boston's Biggest Hospital

Two executives at Mass General share their approach to supporting their emergency department staff through the pandemic. This is part of a series of articles HBR has published related to burnout. (Beyond Burned Out, What COVID-19 Has Done to Our Well-Being in 12 Charts, How the Pandemic Exacerbated Burnout, How to Beat Loneliness - and Make Friends - at Work, What I Learned When I was Burned Out)  Read more

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