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.
What 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.
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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 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.
DC Healthy Physicians Committee Members
|J. Desiree Pineda||MSDC President|
|Kaylan Baban||George Washington University Hospital|
|David Bowman||Howard University Hospital|
|Philip Candilis||St. Elizabeth's Hospital // MSDC Physician Health Program|
|Laurie Duncan||MSDC Executive Committee // Physician Health program|
|Daniel Marchalik||MedStar Health|
|Felicea Patel||Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group|
|Laura Sander||Sibley Memorial Hospital|
|Theresa Stone||MedStar Health|
|Dock Winston||Mid-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.  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.  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.
MSDC Calls for Fee Reduction, Wellbeing Resources in District Budget
June 14, 2021
Dr. Emanuel thanked the District for proposed HPLRP funding and suggested ways to support physicians within the budget.Continue Reading
MSDC President Asks Congressional Leadership to Support Dr. Lorna Breen Act
May 25, 2021
The legislation would support burnout prevention and wellbeing resources for the physician community nationally.Continue Reading
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.
The Yards - Penthouse Pool Club
1212 4th Street SE, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, July 15
5:30 to 8:00 PM
For MSDC's first in-person event in more than a year, we are taking physician health to new heights and putting physician health and wellbeing front and center. At this exclusive member-only event, you can socialize in style at the luxurious Yards Penthouse Pool Club. Enjoy amazing views of the DC skyline, reconnect with physician colleagues (without logging onto a device!), savor healthy appetizers and beverages, breath fresh air and relax on a rooftop oasis. Don't you feel better already? It has been an exhausting year and this rooftop social is focused on your wellbeing. It starts early enough to get home for family dinner and late enough that you can see patients late and still join us.
The social is being hosted in collaboration with VIDAFitness, MSDC's health and wellness partner, which has a comprehensive approach to health and wellness. The facility uses highly effective Green Seal-approved cleaning and sanitation protocols. Its Medical Advisory Board helps maintain a safe, healthy, and effective wellness experience that is consistent with the scientific principles generally accepted by the medical community.
There is no cost for members to attend this member-only event, but please register HERE by June 30. If you have trouble registering online or have questions regarding your membership status, contact email@example.com. If you are not a member but want to attend, sign up here.
There is a parking garage in the building ($3.00 for 3 hours).
In the event of rain, there is an indoor area and awning outside the bar area.