Physician Wellness Center
Resources for physicians to help manage burnout, stress and administrative burden in their practices.
Professional training has in many cases not adequately prepared clinicians to manage stressors that place their emotional and physical well-being at risk. Consequences include burnout, empathy fatigue, and negative impacts upon personal and professional relationships.
There is extensive evidence that well-being can be cultivated; training in its constituents can improve the health and experience of patients and professionals, transform institutional culture and significantly reduce health care costs.
Components of physician wellness include:
Physician wellness education
This list is not meant to be comprehensive. For ongoing and enduring CME in your area, consult your local CME providers for their upcoming events.
Seattle Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction Workshops and Classes from the Washington Physicians Health Program and Mindfulness Northwest
The Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals program is designed to promote mental health by engaging the mind and body through experiential learning. The course is adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
Physician wellness resources
WSMA Center for Leadership
Once out of residency, many physicians will find themselves leading a multidisciplinary team charged with delivering the highest quality care to our patients. To be an effective team leader, core leadership competencies are required—skills not taught in medical school. Without these skills, physicians may find themselves unprepared and overburdened with unexpected responsibilities—a recipe for burnout.
The WSMA is committed to helping physicians develop the skills they need to thrive professionally in today’s health care environment, regardless of the type or size of your organization. Developing core leadership competencies can strengthen clinician resilience, improve time and stress management, and help you achieve greater workflow efficiency.
The WSMA Center for Leadership offers year-round leadership development opportunities, including:
WSMA Leadership Development Conference
WSMA’s Leadership Development Conference, a one-and-a-half day annual conference, has become one of the premier physician events in the Pacific Northwest.
The above activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
WSMA Physician Leadership Course
The WSMA Physician Leadership Course is a dynamic, interactive hybrid-distance learning course that combines in-person and online learning to deliver 40 hours of curriculum over a 10-week period, requiring minimum time away from patient care.
WSMA Dyad Leadership Course
This three-day, in-person educational workshop is focuses on leadership development of physicians and their administrative dyad partners. For more information, contact Lauren Beverly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSMA Physicians Business Skills Program
WSMA’s business skills education program seeks to give new physicians a better understanding of the health care marketplace, focusing on internal finances, financial relationships with external partners and general compliance issues. The program is offered online via seven OnDemand webinars.
Washington Physicians Health Program
The Washington Physicians Health Program assists health care professionals with medical conditions that may affect their ability to practice medicine safely. These conditions include substance use and behavioral health disorders, as well as physical and cognitive disorders.
In 2015, WPHP broadening its scope of services by presenting programs that enhance clinicians’ health by reducing stress and increasing physician satisfaction. WPHP’s new wellness programs include mindfulness and compassion cultivation workshops.
Click on the logo to the right for a list of upcoming WPHP wellness programs.
The WSMA established WPHP (known then as the Washington Monitored Treatment Program) in 1986, with both the legislative and financial foundation to function as an independent, nonprofit organization. In 1993, the name was changed to the Washington Physicians Health Program.
Today, WPHP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization under contract with the Department of Health.
Institute for Functional Medicine
The Institute for Functional Medicine promotes physician and patient wellness through courses on treating chronic disease with lifestyle remedies. IFM focuses on areas such as nutrition, exercise/movement, sleep/relaxation, stress-management, relationships, and more.
Click on the logo to the right for a list of upcoming IFM CME.
IFM is an ACCME-accredited provider of continuing medical education.
Spokane County Medical Society Foundation Wellness Program
The Spokane County Medical Society Foundation Wellness Program is designed to address the barriers that typically prevent physicians and physician assistants from getting the help they need. The purpose of the Wellness Program is to create a safe harbor where physicians and PA’s can seek the help they need and deserve. The program provides counseling and coaching services that are tailored to individual needs: it is quickly accessible at the convenience of the physician/PA, confidential, free for members, private and minimally constrained by record-keeping.
Other wellness resources
The website of Mayo-trained family physician Dr. Dike Drummond, CEO of TheHappyMD.com and physician coach and health care speaker. He is the author of ""Stop Physician Burnout - what to do when working harder isn't working." TheHappyMD.com offers a variety of resources aimed at preventing physician burnout, including an email newsletter, blog, app for your mobile phone, and much more.
Sinsky Healthcare Innovations
The website of Drs. Christine and Thomas Sinsky, wife and husband general internists who care about patient and physician well-being and the future of primary care. Drs. Sinsky are co-authors of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation study of high functioning primary care practices, “In Search of Joy in Practice.” Their website includes practical resources on how to organize your clinical practice, build stronger teams, work more efficiently with the EHR and manage administrative and regulatory tasks, and more.
Physician Family magazine
Physician Family magazine focuses on issues and challenges faced by medical families, with special emphasis on the four stages of medical life – medical school, residency and fellowship, active practice and retirement. Other topics covered include relationships, health and wellness, work/life balance, financial and legal issues, making a difference, food, travel and humor, and more. American Medical Association Alliance members receive hard copies of the magazine and an online version is available free to everyone on the Physician Family website.