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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.


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


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.


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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MSDC Annual Meeting Sees New President and Special Guests

Oct 31, 2020, 09:22 AM by MSDC Staff
MSDC's annual meeting featured speeches by AMA President Dr. Sue Bailey and Interim Deputy Mayor Dr. Roger Mitchell

Swearing in EWEThe Medical Society of DC held its annual membership meeting on Friday and welcomed the Society's new president, Dr. EW Emanuel.

MSDC is the only state medical society chartered by Congress and its members have been meeting since 1817. For the first time, due to the District's COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting was held on a video conference platform.

Members gathered in a virtual reception and had the opportunity to chat among themselves. They had the opportunity to hear music from MSDC member Dr. Jerry Perman and his band, who played some classic hits.

The meeting began with a welcome from the Chair of the Board of Directors Dr. Susanne Bathgate. She introduced a special video "year in review" highlighting the work of the Medical Society. The video focused on the contributions of MSDC members to the response to the pandemic, the Society's work on health equity issues, its continued advocacy efforts, and programs/networking opportunities held throughout the year by groups like the Women in Medicine section.

Pineda speech and drinkThe meeting then transitioned into a speech by current president Dr. Desiree Pineda. Dr. Pineda focused her remarks praising physicians for their response to the pandemic. She also highlighted MSDC's Healthy Physician Program, an initiative to combat moral injury in the physician community. Finally, as teased in her promo video for the meeting, Dr. Pineda had a special toast she asked all members to join which highlighted everyone who helped make physicians successful.

Dr Sue Bailey

Next on the agenda was a special greeting from AMA President Dr. Susan Bailey. Dr. Bailey congratulated MSDC's leadership and noted that she understood the challenges of being a leader during a pandemic. President Bailey thanked the Society for its leadership and highlighted areas where the AMA and MSDC have worked in tandem during the pandemic.

Dr Roger MitchellMSDC then had a second special guest speaker - DC Interim Deputy Mayor, DC Chief Medical Examiner, and National Medical Association Board member Roger Mitchell, MD. The Interim Deputy Mayor gave extended remarks on "medicine outside the exam room" and how physicians can use their experiences and education to make a difference in society. He noted that physicians need to move beyond their comfort zones to engage society on the major debates. Dr. Mitchell then engaged in a robust Q&A with members who, not surprisingly, asked in-depth and probing questions.

The meeting then moved on the business portion - the swearing in of the new MSDC President. Dr. Pineda read the oath of office and Dr. Emanuel repeated it, and thus completed the MSDC presidential transition. He then presented Dr. Pineda with the gavel award given to an outgoing president. 

Emanuel inaugural speechThe meeting concluded with Dr. Emanuel's address and a closing montage. Dr. Emanuel's comments focused on the needs and engagement of the membership. He reiterated that the pandemic has challenged the profession in ways not seen in decades, but emphasized that MSDC had the resources and community to help. He outlined his priorities as president, focused on helping physicians in the District to practice medicine in the manner they wish. He issued a call to members to be engaged and provide feedback, energy, and comments to the Society.

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