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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. In the coming days, MSDC will officially launch The Healthy Physicians Program to advance physician wellness.

What is the Healthy Physicians Program?

The Healthy Physician Program is MSDC's comprehensive physician wellness program that provides resources and templates to address moral injury and burnout. MSDC recognizes that burnout manifests in many forms, and it aims to create a program with a wide range of resources including coaching, counselling, networking, and best practice templates. The program is open to all physicians and is supported by physician organizations, foundations, and health systems.

Does the Healthy Physician Program help physicians with addictions?

MSDC recommends physicians with addiction concerns contact the MSDC Physician Health Program.

What kind of resources will the Healthy Physician Program provide?

Over time, the program will include the following components: physician coaching, counselling services, networking events, like-minded groups, best practice templates for practices, and model policies.

When will the program begin?

Keep an eye out for the program's official launch in late May/early June 2020.

Click each topic below to expand it and learn more about how MSDC is addressing burnout.


One of the best ways to rediscover your love of medicine is to reconnect with your colleagues. MSDC sections and communities are a great way to do that. Whether it is with Women in Medicine, Bright Young Docs, or a Washington Healthcare on Wednesdays webinar, we have opportunities for you to connect with your colleagues.

Learn more on our Events page, or check out WIM and BYD.


MSDC is offering members an opportunity to speak with a professional coach to help address professional or personal issues driving burnout. Our list of coaches (seen here) span different specialties, experiences, and background. Speak with the ones that fit your needs, arrange an introductory appointment, and if they can assist you then MSDC will cover your initial visits. More information coming soon.


MSDC educates the public and policy makers on the disastrous impact burnout and moral injury has on the District. Every day we share why physician health is important to public health. Join us and tell your story to key policy makers, to ensure we continue to move the District to become the best place to practice medicine.

DC Healthy Physicians Committee Members  

J. Desiree PinedaMSDC President
Kaylan BabanGeorge Washington University Hospital
David BowmanHoward University Hospital
Philip CandilisSt. Elizabeth's Hospital // MSDC Physician Health Program
Laurie DuncanMSDC Executive Committee // Physician Health program
Daniel MarchalikMedStar Health
Felicea PatelMid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
Laura SanderSibley Memorial Hospital
Theresa StoneMedStar Health
Dock WinstonMid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group


Who's More Likely to be Burned Out: The Doctor or the Patient?

Information about physician burnout has become rampant in the past few years, but we still see people questioning whether the burnout crisis is as bad as portrayed OR if physicians are even more burned out than the population as a whole.

According to research published by the Mayo Clinic, it's not even close. Physicians face higher burnout (and subsequent negative effects) than the population at large.

Here are a few numbers from when the research team surveyed physicians and the general population:

  • 65% of physicians worked more than 50 hours in an average week, compared to 21% of the population. Almost 8% of physicians work more than 80 hours a week (as a reminder, there are 168 hours in a week).
  • 26.5% of physicians report feeling emotionally exhausted a few times a week or every day, compared to 16.8% of the population
  • 44% of physicians disagree or strongly disagree with the statement "work schedule leaves me with enough time for my personal/family life" while only 20.6% of the population had the same response.

The authors of the report said it best - 

Given the evidence that burnout impacts patient satisfaction, access, quality of care, and costs, continued efforts to make progress are needed.

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Support Your Colleagues

Do you want to help support your fellow physicians going through their own struggles with wellbeing? The Medical Society and Alliance Foundation (MSAF) has created a fund for physician wellbeing. Your generous gift allows MSDC and MSAF to continue supporting those physicians in most need.

Donate here


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