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Physician Wellness

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 Program to advance physician wellness.

MSDC Healthy Physician circle logo_red-lightWhat is the Healthy Physician 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.

What kind of resources will the Healthy Physician Program provide?

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

What kind of wellness professionals will MSDC offer?

Initially, MSDC will offer certified coaches and licensed psychologists. In the years to come, MSDC will expand its wellness roster to more types of wellness professionals. Comparison of Helping Professions.

What kinds of services will MSDC wellness professionals offer?

MSDC's wellness professionals can address professional needs (leadership development, career coaching, workplace concerns, burnout) and professional needs (relationship discussions, identity concerns, work-life balance).

If I speak with one of the wellness professionals as part of the program, do I need to report it to the Board of Medicine?

No, the program is not a medical treatment or medical diagnosis program. The program offers wellbeing and therapeutic services that do not need to be reported to the Board.

Does the Healthy Physician Program help physicians with addictions?

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

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

Community  

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.

Lifecycle for Retirement Readiness session

Imposter Syndrome in Medicine session

Parenting During The Pandemic session

Support  

MSDC is offering members an opportunity to speak with a wellness professional to help address professional or personal issues driving burnout. Our list of professionals (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.

Meet our wellness professionals here.

Advocacy  

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

 

MSDC Past President Raymond Tu, MD: The Quadruple Aim - Radiologists and Physicians in the Center

The “Quadruple Aim” has recently gained attention as health care stakeholders have identified growing challenges to physician experience and burnout. Physician suicide is two-fold higher than the general population, and more common with older physicians. [1] Physician resilience, engagement, and work-life balance are recent additions to the patient-focused triple aim of patient access to care, excellent patient experience, and cost containment: don’t waste resources, do good and respect the patient. [2] Though less apparent then facing the sharp end of the medical error arrow, the need for a creative and healthy provider environment should be considered essential to a successful physician experience.

 

Read the entire article in the American Society of Neuroradiology eNews here.

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This award 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.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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*UPDATE* MSDC is pleased to announce that its 2020 Annual Meeting Guest Speaker will be Roger A. Mitchell, MD, Interim Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia wil take place online on Friday, October 30, 2020. Our highly-attended annual physician event draws numerous healthcare executives and physician leaders from across  the District's population of 10,000+ physician licensees. 

Celebrate the Dignity of Medicine. In a year that has put healing, the highest calling, to the test, the value of physician expertise and courage has never been more evident. This year we celebrate the healthcare heroes who represent the dignity and power of medicine and highlight the need to protect their wellbeing as well.   


The program for this lively and inspiring evening features:   

  • Guest Speaker: Roger Mitchell, MD. Dr. Roger Mitchell, Interim Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, will address a well-known reality in the physician community: medicine goes beyond the exam room.   
  • State of Medicine and Wellbeing in the District. MSDC President J. Desiree Pineda, MD, FACP, will recap the physician community's leadership in the pandemic and ensuring DC physician wellbeing. 
  • Installation of New Leadership. Meet the 2020-2021 leadership slate and new President E.W. Emanuel, MD, MBA, of Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Emanuel will discuss what the next year holds for DC physicians.  
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 J. Desiree Pineda, MD, FACP
                President

   E.W. Emanuel, MD, MBA
         President-elect


2020 Guest Speaker: Dr. Roger Mitchell
Dr. Roger Mitchell, Interim Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, will address a well-known reality in the physician community: medicine goes beyond the exam room. In his new role and from his broad experience, he has great insight on the intersection of public safety and justice on healthcare, and the impact of other social determinants of health - as well as solutions that can positively impact the health of our Nation's Capital. Learn from his address:   
   - What are the primary social determinants of health impacting medicine in the District?
   - What problems and solutions have we seen from the physician community (and DC government)? 
  - How can  physicians make a difference in the District’s societal issues?   

This event will take place virtually and is open to the community. You may register below.


Registration
MSDC Members: Free
Non-members: $50

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Thank You to our 2020 Annual Meeting Sponsors


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