October 2021

In This Issue...

  1. October 15th Webinar – The Minority Tax and Wellness
  2. The Well-Being Connector Podcast
  3. In the News
  4. Research
  5. Other Resources
  6. Coalition Book: Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis
  7. 2022 Annual Conference - Save-the-Date

 October 15th Webinar


Cleveland Piggott, MD
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Assistant Professor
University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine 


Webinar: The Minority Tax and Wellness 

With only 2% of Academic Physicians being Black men, I share my story in medicine with themes on imposter syndrome, systemic racism, and the power of mentorship. I'll also be discussing some of the data available on the "minority tax" extra burden people of color face in health care and some solutions. Lastly, I'll focus on some challenges regarding physician wellbeing that have an added layer of complexity to them when a person identifies as a minority.

 The Well-Being Connector Podcast

Neil Finkler, MD
Chief Clinical Officer
AdventHealth Central Florida Division


Dr. Neil Finkler currently serves as the chief clinical officer for the entire AdventHealth Central Florida Division and leads the entire continuum of clinical care across the seven-county region that includes nearly 6,000 physicians and advanced practice providers. Finkler joined AdventHealth Orlando in 1992 where he founded the gynecologic oncology program and fellowship program, he is a highly published author, and well-regarded speaker both nationally and internationally.

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.

 In the News

Caring for the Caregivers Post-Pandemic

This article from Time Magazine presents examples of how some organizations are working to support their caregivers. Read more

Each COVID-19 Surge Poses a Risk for Healthcare Workers: PTSD

This Reuters article presents the idea that working in healthcare can lead to PTSD, and it shows what some organizations are doing about it. Read more

Vaccine Mandates Hit Amid Historic Health-Care Staff Shortage

The vaccine mandates make for interesting news stories, but the reasons for the current staff shortages seem to be “exhaustion-fueled retirements and resignations; absences due to illness and quarantine; immigration limits in recent years; and the lure of lucrative “travel” contracts from competing employers around the country.” At the moment, it is still unclear the extent to which the mandates will make the current crisis worse. Regardless, the stress resulting from staff shortages is clear. Read more

Mass. General Hospital Says 2 to 3 of Its Nurses Face Assaults Every Day

The data on staff assaults is limited, but clearly it is present, and it might be worsening during the pandemic. Read more

Hundreds of Missouri Health Care Workers are Getting Personal Panic Buttons to Combat Increased Workplace Assaults

Another article that references an increase in concern about attacks on healthcare workers. Read more


Physicians' Ratings of their Supervisor's Leadership Behaviors and Their Subsequent Burnout and Satisfaction: A Longitudinal Study

This survey of 1,795 physicians rating their immediate supervisor demonstrates how leaders influence the burnout of the physicians that they supervise. Read more

Factors Influencing Resilience and Burnout Among Resident Physicians - a National Survey 

This cross-sectional study was conducted through an online survey that was distributed to all US accredited residency programs. The results from the 682 respondents indicate how high resilience and family/institutional support are protective. Read more

New Findings from Press Ganey Reveal Millennial Nurses Are Most Likely to Quit, and Nearly 30% Of Nurses are at Risk of Leaving Their Organization 

Staffing in health systems is already difficult; this survey of 100,000 healthcare employees across the U.S. indicates that it might get worse. Read more

Prevalence of Discrimination, Abuse, and Harassment in Emergency Medicine Residency Training in the US

This survey of 7,680 emergency medicine residents demonstrates a high rate of discrimination, abuse, and harassment. Read more

Other Resources

Physician Burnout in Healthcare: Quo vadis?

How might information technology reduce the burden on busy physicians? The author is this article gives his ideas. Read more

Brown Vitality Assessment

Michael Brown, MD (editor of this newsletter) is still looking for additional feedback on the new survey tool that he created and presented at the Coalition’s annual meeting. The survey tool helps users to appreciate ideas for improving their well-being that they might not otherwise consider. Please contact Michael directly ([email protected]) if you would be willing to take the survey and then share your thoughts. Michael is happy to let those who provide feedback use the tool at no cost to improve the well-being of the physicians with whom they work.

New Book: Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis


The Coalition for Physician Well-Being is excited for the release of its new book, Physician Well-Being During Sustained Crisis. With timely content geared towards physician leaders at every level, our new book offers recommendations and practical solutions for combating the negative effects of burnout while providing the tools necessary for building resilience and restoring hope. For more information and to order click here.

2022 Annual Conference

 Message from the Editor

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Michael E. Brown MD, MS, MHCM, CHCIO
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