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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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MSDC Announces 23rd Council Period Report Card

Dec 29, 2020, 07:53 AM by MSDC Staff
MSDC's increased member advocacy led to major wins for physicians and patients

Advocacy Report Card for 2019 2020

As MSDC prepares for 2021 and a new Council period, the Society is pleased to share a "report card" on its advocacy activities for the 23rd District Council period (2019-2020).

The two-year period that just ended saw a surge of physician advocacy on important medical issues. COVID-related advocacy dominated the second half of the session, but numerous issues saw physicians testifying and MSDC staff working with lawmakers to protect practices and patients. The past Council session also saw MSDC's new issue priority ranking, policy agenda, and advocacy website.

In addition to encouraging physicians to testify directly to lawmakers, MSDC partnered with other healthcare associations and entities to pass legislation to make the District the best place to practice medicine. 

You can see a brief summary of the advocacy report card here and the full report card here, but some areas of success of the physician community include:

  • Permitting reimbursement for audio-only telemedicine
  • Allowing for patients to receive FDA approved biosimilar drugs
  • Prohibiting retribution from employers for physicians practicing reproductive health medicine
  • Expanding insurance coverage requirements for newborns, parents, and pregnant women
  • Limiting out-of-pocket costs of insulin for patients
  • Defeating three different content-specific CME requirements

In addition to working on issue-specific legislation, MSDC members and leaders testified on the following issues:

  • Protecting independent practices in underserved medical areas
  • Providing support for independent physician practices during COVID-19
  • Promoting physician wellbeing and addiction programs, and not unduly punishing physicians suffering from burnout or addiction

In 2021, MSDC will unveil an expanded, engaging advocacy program that will assist physicians in advocating on issues important to them, as well as equipping them to speak out on these issues. Keep an eye on our website for more information.

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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