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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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New MSDC Partnership with VIDA Fitness Targets Health and Wellness of Healthcare Providers and Patients In Our Nation’s Capital

Apr 16, 2021, 15:38 PM by MSDC Staff
MSDC and VIDA Fitness partnership offers innovative, comprehensive support for physician wellbeing.

Washington, D.C., April 16, 2021 – The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC), the largest medical organization in the District representing metropolitan Washington physicians, is pleased to announce a partnership with VIDA Fitness (VIDA). In addition, VIDA will be the Health and Wellness Partner to MSDC’s Healthy Physician Program. The partnership aims to continuously and comprehensively improve the health and wellness of healthcare professionals and their patients.

MSDC Immediate Past President and Physician Wellbeing Committee Chair Dr. J. Desiree Pineda stated, “The Medical Society of DC appreciates VIDA Fitness’ partnership, especially its support for MSDC’s  Healthy Physician Program, which is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of physicians in DC.” In 2020, MSDC launched the Healthy Physician Program, a comprehensive program to address moral injury and burnout among physicians. Physicians have higher rates of burnout, depressive symptoms, and suicide risk than the general population. Recognizing that burnout manifests in many forms, the Healthy Physician Program was designed to offer myriad resources including coaching, counselling, networking, best practice templates and more. This partnership adds new support and resources for physician wellbeing.

VIDA Fitness Director of Operations Aaron Moore said, ““I am excited to launch our partnership to help serve DC’s healthcare professionals and their patients, and to further establish exercise as a critical component of the healthcare continuum. As Health and Wellness Partner, we support a comprehensive approach to wellness. Our comprehensive approach includes physical activity, well-balanced nutrition, proper sleep habits, and healthy outlets to alleviate stress.” VIDA provides each new client with a personalized onboarding service to set realistic goals and identify potential roadblocks.

VIDA has worked with its Medical Advisory Board to create a referral pathway for physicians and medical providers to help their patients make long-term lifestyle changes. Such changes can provide valuable health benefits, especially during the current pandemic. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a correlation between body mass index and COVID-19, noting that 78% of U.S. patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were overweight or had obesity. Mr. Moore added, “We are honored to serve DC’s healthcare professionals as well as create a referral pathway for their patients. We thank MSDC for their time and energy in bringing this exciting partnership to life.”

Another example of VIDA’s approach to comprehensive wellness is the Evolve Wellness Program. Evolve is an insurance-eligible, results-driven program available virtually or in person.  Each participant receives an initial assessment, personalized attention, and group socialization throughout the 12-week program.  Click here for a full program overview.   

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Media Contact:
Pia Duryea  
Medical Society of the District of Columbia     
(202) 355-9414  

About the Medical Society of the District of Columbia 
With over 3,000 members, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC) is the largest medical organization representing metropolitan Washington physicians in the District of Columbia. The Medical Society, founded in 1817, is the leading voice of medicine and public health advocate on issues impacting the diverse population of our Nation’s Capital. MSDC is dedicated to ensuring the well-being of physicians and their patients in metropolitan Washington. For more information, visit

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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    Taking Health to New Heights

    July 15, 2021 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    The Yards - Penthouse Pool Club
    Join us on a rooftop oasis for our first in-person event aimed at physician wellbeing. This event is for members only.