The ACCMA Clinician Wellness Program was developed out of the recognition of the emotional and mental stress that caring for patients can have on physicians, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Managing your stress during this time is as important as managing your physical health. Taking care of yourself and encouraging others to practice self-care will sustain and extend your ability to care for patients in need.
To help successfully navigate these challenging times, the ACCMA has been addressing how physicians can best care for themselves while they care for others. The ACCMA Clinician Wellness Program is a culmination of resources to provide physicians with direct support through:
Individual or Group Psychotherapy Sessions
The ACCMA Clinician Wellness Program is sponsoring individual and small group psychotherapy sessions. Individual physicians can meet with therapists for up to four sessions or groups of three to eight physicians can meet for up to six sessions at no charge. Both physicians and medical residents can take advantage of this ongoing program.
Physician Mental Health Consultations
The ACCMA has developed a list of vetted mental health professionals who are available to meet with physicians for mental health consultations. These services are not sponsored by the ACCMA, so individuals interested in participating should contact the clinicians directly to discuss payment and scheduling.
Immediate Confidential Peer Support
Members of the ACCMA Advisory Committee on Physician Wellbeing are available to provide immediate peer support at no cost. Call (510) 654-5383 or send an email to email@example.com to request this confidential service.
In addition to the direct support listed above, the ACCMA Clinician Wellness Program also brings together resources, toolkits, webinars, and more to help physicians navigate and improve their own mental health: