November 2020
In This Issue...
  1. November 20th Webinar - What Does Interprofessional Education Promise in Health Care and What Does It Actually Deliver?
  2. New Coalition Podcasts
  3. Featured New Member
  4. Featured Articles
  5. Other Resources
  6. Next Year's Annual Conference

November 20th Webinar - What Does Interprofessional Education Promise in Health Care and What Does It Actually Deliver?


Presenter: Richard Bogue, PhD

Richard Bogue is the President of Courageous Healthcare. His webinar reviews goals and current practices for interprofessional education (IPE) in health care. Discussion and evidence revolve around the extent to which stated goals are met using current practices, what are some reasons for success or failure, and how IPE in health care might be improved.

Register to attend: November 20th Coalition Webinar

New Podcast Episodes

The Coalition for Physician Well-Being’s podcast “The Well-Being Connector” is a hit. Since being initiated last month, there have been over 275 downloads. Listen to our most recent podcast interviews: 

Steve Sartori is Director of The Center for Well-being at Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). He has been CEO of a private group practice, chief of staff at two hospitals, faculty member for a family medicine residency program, and chief medical officer for a faith-based community health center. He is now a certified physician coach, who helps doctors and other healthcare professionals align with God, optimize well-being and maximize influence.  

Dan Diamond is a family physician with years of international disaster experience.  He was deployed to the Philippines following Typhoon Yolanda, led one of the first teams into Haiti after their devastating earthquake, and played a strategic role as the Director of the Medical Triage Unit in the New Orleans Convention Center following Hurricane Katrina. From these experiences and others, he has discovered insights and strategies that we can use to thrive under pressure.  

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

Fahad Samarkandy, MD

Fahad Samarkandy is an and Emergency medicine physician at the Security Forces Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He serves as the chief of the hospital’s emergency department and is a member of the hospital well-being team. By joining the Coalition, he hopes to learn more about the evidence for the importance of physician well-being, the best practices for improving physician well-being, and success stories organizations have had in implementing well-being efforts. 

He is also excited to reach out and connect with like-minded people from all over the World. In particular, he believes that:
  • Burnout is primarily the organization's responsibility and not the individual's. It reflects organization weakness not staff weakness.
  • Burnout contributes to worse care, safety and satisfaction as well as having negative financial implications.
  • There are many validated and evidence-based methods to tackle each driver of burnout!

Featured Articles

A National Strategy to Protect Clinicians' Well-Being

This paper is a call to action at both the organization and national level with suggestions for what should be done in response to how the COVID-19 crisis affects clinicians. Read more...

Supporting Clinicians during Covid-19 and Beyond

This article also has suggestions for how physicians should be supported during the pandemic (with an emphasis on value of peer support). Read more...

Physician Burnout, Interrupted

Physician burnout predates the appearance of COVID-19, and this article references an organizational psychology theory to better understand and remedy physician burnout. Read more...

Learning from the Military to Prevent Suicides

The US military works to reduce its rate of suicide by training individuals (called gatekeepers) to recognize and engage individuals at increased risk for depression and suicide. The paper argues that the medical profession should learn from the military and implement similar practices. Read more...

Resilience and Burnout Among Physicians and the General US Working Population

The findings of this national survey study suggest that physicians are already more resilient than the general population. The implication is that efforts to increase physician resilience may not be a helpful as efforts to correct systemic issues in the clinical environment. Read more...

Evaluation of Work Satisfaction, Stress, and Burnout Among US Internal Medicine Physicians and Trainees

This study is a survey that compares risk factors for burnout in members of the American College of Physicians. Read more...

Other Resources

Medscape National Physician Burnout & Suicide Report 2020

This Medscape site shows 29 visuals that summarize the results of Medscape's physician burnout survey that included More than 15,000 physicians from 29 specialties. Read more...

Survey resource from AMA

The AMA is offering to set up healthcare organizations with two free on-line surveys to help them monitor the stress and the drivers of stress during the pandemic. Read more...

Virtual Event Dedicated to Physician Wellness

An upcoming two day virtual summit dedicated to physician wellness (November 14-15) Read more...

Next Year’s Annual Meeting

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