HPF banner

Healthy Physician Foundation

Welcome to your new resource for stopping the scourge of moral injury, burnout, and addiction.

MSDC joins the American Medical Association and the entire House of Medicine in recognizing the epidemic of burnout in healthcare professionals. In particular, MSDC remains dedicated to providing resources and support to District physicians in their struggle against burnout. For decades, MSDC has provided support and advocacy for those physicians battling addiction. MSDC has officially launched The Healthy Physician Foundation to advance physician wellness.

What is the Healthy Physician Foundation?

The Healthy Physician Foundation is an affiliated 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to addressing and preventing moral injury in the physician population, with a specific focus in the DC area. This organization exists to provide programs, resources, and community to a profession overwhelmed and overburdened by stress.

What kind of resources does the Healthy Physician Foundation provide?

The Foundation focuses on two areas. The first area is support for behavioral and addiction illness through our long-standing Physician Health Program. The second area is our rapidly growing Wellbeing Program, which offers resources to prevent and address moral injury in the physician community.

What is the MSDC Wellbeing Program?

The MSDC Wellbeing Program serves the physician community by offering resources and programs that prevent and address burnout and moral injury. Existing resources include our Healthy Physician App, free consultations with vetted wellness professionals, a line-up of community-building programs, and articles on the latest wellbeing information. 

Is this the same as the Medical Society and Alliance Foundation (MSAF)?

No, MSAF is a separate organization with a very important mission. Learn more here.

Support the Foundation

The Healthy Physician Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the maximum extent of the law. 



If you want to work with the Foundation on applying for grants, sponsorship opportunities, or other fundraisers, contact Robert Hay Jr. at 202-466-1800 or hay@msdc.org.

Use the QR code to donate quickly and easily


Upcoming events

  • VIDA
    Summer Spa Social

    July 19, 2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Nothing says summer like a relaxing spa treatment, socializing, refreshments, and a trip to the pool. DC's hard-working women physicians and practice managers are invited to a wellbeing event at VIDA Fitness’s Aura Spa.
  • Healthcare Worker Appreciation Night at DC United

    July 31, 2022 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Get a dose of wellbeing in person and at Audi Field as MSDC and the HPF support the local soccer club and you!


Surgeon General Releases Advisory on Health Worker Burnout

May 27, 2022, 08:31 AM by MSDC Staff
The advisory lists many solutions proposed and identified by medical research and points to resources like the MSDC Healthy Physician Foundation

This week, the Surgeon General of the United States released a comprehensive advisory addressing the endemic burnout happening in the healthcare sector. The advisory not only names the issues driving burnout, but lists ways various stakeholders in the community can help address the issue.

You can read the entire advisory here.

The Surgeon General held a press conference announcing the advisory at Children's National Hospital in Washington DC. Dr. Vivek Murthy was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and the CNH leadership to share the information before the press and public.

In the advisory, the Surgeon General outlines six actions that all stakeholders must take to immediately stem the crisis:

  • Protect the health, safety, and well-being of all health workers (e.g., protection from violence, disease spread, and understaffing)
  • Eliminate punitive policies for seeking mental health and substance use care
  • Reduce administrative and other workplace burdens to help health workers make time for what matters
  • Transform organizational cultures to prioritize health worker well-being and show all health workers that they are valued
  • Recognize social connection and community as a core value of the health care system (e.g. building peer and team-base support groups)
  • Invest in public health and our public health workforce

The advisory also issues recommendations to health care organizations, government entities, insurers, technology companies, academic and training programs, family members, and health care workers.

MSDC takes wellbeing seriously, which is why we've launched the Healthy Physician Foundation. This 501c3 charitable organization creates wellbeing resources and programs for physicians in the DC area, independent of health systems or hospitals. This is your wellness program for your community. Learn more by visiting our website here.


Institute for Technology in Health Care

The Foundation and Wellbeing Program is supported by a grant from The Institute for Technology in HealthCare, a non-profit organization, located in Washington, DC. The Institute for Technology in HealthCare is concerned with the use of technology to benefit and stimulate others in health care. For more information about The Institute for Technology in HealthCare please visit the website at www.ithcawards.org.