Promoting Wellness and Preventing Burnout

Addressing Burnout 

A recent Mayo Clinic study showed that over half of physicians suffer from one or more symptom(s) of burnout.  Given this, the issue of physician burnout and helping to promote wellness is an integral part of our 2017 Strategic Plan.

Donate-to-Healthy-Healer.pngMission & Vision for Healthy Healer Program (HHP):

  • Vision: The HHP’s vision is to create and sustain a vibrant, healthy and functional medical community where every physician and PA feels safe, nurtured and supported.
  • Mission: WCMS’ Healthy Healer Program promotes physician and PA family wellness and wellbeing and assists providers experiencing burnout through advocacy, education, prevention, assistance and referral.

The Healthy Healer Program offers:



WCMS advocates to improve systems and policies that reduce factors contributing to burnout.  In 2016, WCMS successfully advocated for a change in the NC Medical Board’s definition of burnout– allowing physicians & PAs to seek help without having to report it. In 2015 and 2016, WCMS held “Burnout Prevention” Retreats for providers and their spouses/partners.  In 2017, we will hold a “Mindfulness in Medicine” weekend retreat for physicians, plus a Burnout-Prevention event for physicians, PAs, spouses/partners.



WCMS is vetting licensed therapists and psychiatrists who are knowledgeable about provider burnout and skilled to work with medical providers.  Therapists participating in WCMS’ Healthy Healer program will offer discounted sessions to WCMS members.  WCMS is vetting professional coaches who can coach providers on how to address work and personal life dilemmas that lead to burnout.  Coaches participating in WCMS’ Healthy Healer program will offer discounted services to WCMS members. 



WCMS facilitates affinity groups for similar physicians to connect (e.g., Women in Medicine, Early Career Physicians, Rural Medicine, & Independent Physicians). We also provide a Family Network to help the entire medical family connect with other families. WCMS runs a column called “Healthy 
Healer” every week in our e-Newsletter, highlighting a topic about burnout prevention.  We are also developing a resource library for our website. 


Articles about Burnout/Wellness:

Questions or thoughts?  

Contact us: healthyhealer@mywcms.org