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Personal and Professional Assistance During COVID-19

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During this public health emergency, it is essential that physicians look after themselves as they look after their patients. MSDC is pleased to offer public and Society-specific resources to all physicians to help them take care of themselves during the crisis and ensure they only have to worry about their patients.

MSDC Physician Health Committee Chair Charles Samenow, MD, held a webinar with MSDC members on April 29 to discuss mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 public health emergency.



  • Health and Wellbeing Resources

    May 22, 2020

  • MSDC recognizes the immense emotional and psychological strain the COIVD-19 emergency is putting on our local physicians. To help those helping our residents, we offer the following leadership resources (click each name to learn more):

  • PHP (for physicians and healthcare workers)

    MSDC's Physician Health Program is available to help any MSDC member in distress. Read more about how here in a letter from Chair Dr. Charles Samenow. The PHP is available to refer any physician or allied health professional to appropriate resources - please contact us today.

    Catherine May, MD

    Previous MSDC Board Chair and psychiatrist Catherine May is volunteering her time to speak with any physician who needs to chat with a colleague on COVID-19, or recommend someone if she is unable. Contact MSDC staff to receive her contact information.

    Jacqueline Huntly, MD, MPH Physician Coach

    MSDC is partnering with Jacqueline Huntly MD,MPH, to offer a free, 45 minute coaching call for those MSDC physicians who want to speak with a professional peer on the impact of COVID-19 on their work and lives. If it is helpful a follow-up call (free) is also available.You can schedule a call with Dr. Huntly at To learn more about Dr. Huntly, please visit her website at

  • DC COVID Sitters is a DC student run organization dedicated to supporting healthcare workers and support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students provide childcare, grocery delivery, and petting sitting while maintaining good social distancing. See more on how to request or to help here.
  • Headspace, the mindfullness app, is offering free sign-ups for physicians. Sign up using your NPI number here.

  • For physicians who need temporary housing during the epidemic, Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) has properties available at reduced rates. View the properties here and call 703-930-1656.

  • Nan Raphael is a former piccolo soloist with the US Army Field Band. Since leaving the military, she has recorded 5 albums of music (4 of which are hard copy CDs) for piccolo and piano. She thought donating her music and CDs free of charge to hospitals, nursing homes and doctors’ offices was one small way to show her support for those working so hard on the front lines fighting Covid-19. Please visit her website to listen to offerings from her latest album. If you are interested in the full CDs on offer, for your workplace or home, please email Nan directly at
  • The American Medical Association has guidance for physicians to maintain wellbeing during COVID-19 here.
  • Financial Resources

    May 22, 2020

    The American Hospital Association has a list of discounts from popular companies available to health care workers see here.

  • Professional Resources

    May 22, 2020

  • CDC has new resources for spreading public health messages on social media - see their sample posts here.

  • The American Board of Medical Specialties has guidance on their website for physicians on the various medical Boards.

  • The American College of Physicians held a webinar on lessons learned from COVID-19 and how physicians can support each other during the tumultuous time. You can view the webinar here.

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