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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 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 physician assistant feels safe, nurtured and supported.
  • Mission: WCMS’ Healthy Healer Program promotes physician and physician assistant family wellness and wellbeing and assists providers experiencing burnout through advocacy, education, prevention, assistance and referral.

The Healthy Healer Program offers:

Advocacy

Events

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 & physician assistants to seek help without having to report it.

WCMS will annually hold one to two burnout prevention retreats/workshops for physicians, physician assistants, and significant others. Events will feature expert, engaging speakers and CME will be offered.                                                                                                             

Counseling

Coaching

WCMS has vetted licensed therapists and psychiatrists who are knowledgeable about provider burnout and skilled to work with medical providers.  Therapists participating in WCMS’ Healthy Healer program offer a 15% discount to WCMS members.  WCMS has vetted 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 offer a 15% discount services to WCMS members. 

Click here for more information on Counseling and Coaching

Connectivity

Resources

WCMS facilitates affinity groups for similar physicians to connect (e.g., Women in Medicine, Rural Medicine, Independent Physicians, and Physician Assistants).  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 

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