Physician Wellness

Are you passionate about physician wellness? Are you a leader in your health care organization working on preventing physician burnout?

The Bay Area Physician Wellness Collaborative aims to bring together medical group leaders, chief wellness officers, wellness committee chairs, and others who have been charged with “fixing the physician burnout problem” and providing them with expert guidance, tools and resources, a forum for sharing experiences and best practices, and a network of peers to support their work. Click here to learn more.


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The
ACCMA Physician Wellness Program is a collection of resources developed out of the recognition of the emotional and mental stress that caring for patients can have on physicians. Managing your stress and mental wellness 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 your patients.

The ACCMA Wellness Resource Library contains on demand webinars developed by ACCMA addressing a variety of wellness topics, as well as articles, videos, studies, and other resources tackling physician burnout and stress-reduction tactics.

The ACCMA offers direct support for members through:

Individual Psychotherapy Sessions

The ACCMA Physician Wellness Program is sponsoring individual psychotherapy sessions. Individual physicians can meet with therapists for up to four sessions at no charge. Both physicians and medical residents can take advantage of this ongoing program.

Immediate Confidential Peer Support

Members of the ACCMA Advisory Committee on Physician Wellbeing are available to provide immediate peer support at no cost. Peer support can encompass moral and emotional support to physicians who are experiencing stress related to medical malpractice lawsuits or a medical board investigation, as well as support in relation to physician burnout. Call (510) 654-5383 or send an email to wellbeing@accma.org​ to request this confidential service.

Wellness Resources

  • Free toolkit of resources that address the day-to-day needs of East Bay physicians of all career stages and in all modes of practice – mental health and peer support programs, childhood education and childcare, financial resources for individuals, groceries/food services, free meditation apps, and more.
  • Physician Wellness: Coping with COVID-19: An on-demand webinar Dr. Linda Clever of RENEW offers practical, creative, and effective remedies to deal with the crush on personal and professional lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources from the American Medical Association

  • STEPS Forward – a collection of more than 70 award‐winning online toolkits offered by the AMA that help physicians and medical teams make transformative changes to their practices and covers everything from managing stress and preventing burnout to improving practice workflow.
  • Organizational Biopsy – a set of measurement resources developed by the AMA that assess burnout levels within medical organizations to provide metrics that can guide solutions and interventions that mitigate system-level burnout rates and improve physician well-being.
  • Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program - an AMA distinction, now in its third year, that recognizes health systems with a demonstrated commitment to pursue proven strategies that reduce work-related burnout among care teams.
  • Debunking Regulatory Myths – a series created by the AMA that provides physicians and their care teams with resources to reduce guesswork and administrative burdens and focus on streamlining clinical workflow processes, improving patient outcomes, and increasing physician satisfaction.

Evaluation, Treatment, Re-entry, and Monitoring Programs

This list of programs is from the California Public Protection & Physician Health (CPPPH) and is for informational purposes only. No endorsement is provided.

Your organization should keep updated referral lists for confidential resources inside and outside your organization and make them readily available to all team members, including physicians. In lieu of a California physician health program, the ACCMA has compiled an alphabetical list of facilities that can provide or facilitate in-depth evaluations, appropriate treatment referrals, and, if necessary, monitoring for residents, physicians, and sometimes medical students. These facilities allow physicians to access private and confidential care.

Evaluation Services

Acumen Assessments - Multidisciplinary assessments for healthcare professionals, clinical evaluations
4321 W 6th St, Lawrence, KS 66049, (785) 856-8218

Berkeley Therapy Institute - Comprehensive physician evaluations
1749/1748/1801 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94709, (510) 841-8484
John Rosenberg, MD, MPH, johngrosenberg@gmail.com

Itai Danovitch, MD - Physician evaluations
8370 Alden Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048, (310) 423-2600, Email: itai.danovitch@cshs.org

Dean Neuropsychology - Cognitive assessment, psychological assessment, neuropsychological evaluations
740 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095, (310) 892-3235
Andrew Dean, PhD, acdean@mednet.ucla.edu

Judy Ho, PhD - Neuropsychological evaluations, psychoeducational evaluations, psychodiagnostics evaluations
Manhattan Beach, CA, (424) 253-4116

David Kan, MD - Comprehensive physician evaluations
2960 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek, CA 94597, (925) 953-2833, Email: david@davidkanmd.com

Professional Renewal Center - Comprehensive physician assessments
1421 Research Park Dr., #3B, Lawrence, KS 66049, (785) 842-9772 or (877) 978-4772
Nathaniel Williams, email: nwilliams@prckansas.org

UC San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) Program - Comprehensive physician evaluations
200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103, (619) 471-0424
Kaden Segren, Administrative Director, Assessment Program, email: Ksegren@ucsd.edu

Treatment Programs

Acumen Institute - Longitudinal day treatment program for physicians
4321 W. 6th St., Lawrence, KS 66049, (785) 856-0473

Center for Professional Recovery - Substance-use disorder and co-occurring treatment for health care professionals
6021 Galahad Drive, Malibu, CA 90265, (866) 709-2354

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Professionals Program - Addiction treatment for health care providers located in Rancho Mirage, Los Angeles, and San Diego, (855) 767-4969

Professional Renewal Center - Comprehensive treatment for physicians
1421 Research Park Dr., #3B, Lawrence, KS 66049, (785) 842-9772 or (877) 978-4772
Nathaniel Williams, email: nwilliams@prckansas.org

UC San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) Program - Comprehensive treatment of addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders
5355 Hunter Road, Atlanta, GA, 30349, (844) 662-4574

Re-Entry Programs (Confirmed to be Accepting New Referrals)

The Center for Personalized Education for Professionals - Helps demonstrate competence or address opportunities for improvement; ongoing quality of care reviews to meet licensing board requirements. Accepting new referrals
720 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80246, (303) 577-3232
Amanda Besmanoff, email: abesmanoff@cpepdoc.org

Drexel Medicine Physician Refresher/Re-Entry Course - Remote program for clinically inactive physicians who want a refresher before gaining re-licensure and/or returning to practice. Accepting new referrals
1427 Vine St., Room 405, Philadelphia, PA 19102, (215) 831-3574
Nielufar Varjavand, MD, Director, email: CoM_PhysicianRefresh@drexel.edu

Physician Retraining & Re-Entry (in collaboration with UC San Diego School of Medicine Faculty) - Online program provides experienced, medically licensed physicians with the tools to comfortably and competently practice adult outpatient primary care. Accepting new referrals
12760 High Bluff Dr., Suite 370, San Diego, CA 92130, (858) 240-4878
Rebecca Ostrander, Administrator, admin@prrprogram.com

UC San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) Program - Physician enhancement program (PEP) is recognized by the Medical Board of California as an official alternative to having a practice monitor
200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103, (619) 471-0212
Staci Hurst, Administrative Director, Physician Enhancement Program, email: SMHurst@ucsd.edu

Additional Re-Entry Programs (Not Confirmed to be Accepting New Referrals)

Albany Medical College Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center - Educates health care professionals on diagnostic and clinical skills
47 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208, (518) 262-6645

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for Physician Re-Entry Program - Provides clinical competence for physicians with extended absences from practice or changes in practice patterns
8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, (310) 423-5262

LifeGuard Re-Entry/Reinstatement Program (The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society) - For physicians who wish to reenter the practice of medicine after an absence or for reinstatement of a license following a disciplinary action
400 Winding Creek Blvd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050, (717) 909-2590

Texas A&M KSTAR Program (partnered with the University of Texas Medical Branch) - Three-month, residency-based reentry education experiences for physicians who want to return to medical practice after an interruption in their career
2700 Earl Rudder Freeway South, Suite 3000, Fort Worth, TX 77845, (979) 436-0407
Tracy Adams, tladams@tamu.edu

University of Florida College of Medicine | Florida CARES - For physicians returning to practice after treatment for chemical dependency or an extended leave of absence, or for physicians diagnosed with a physical or mental illness that could affect their ability to practice medicine
PO Box 100288, Gainesville, FL 32608, (352) 273-9063
Email: FloridaCares@medicine.ufl.edu

Monitoring Programs

Pacific Assistance Group - Monitoring and support services for California physicians
3838 Watt Ave., Suite C300, Sacramento, CA 95821, (916) 480-1277
Tracy Zermansky, PhD, CSAT, email: drzemansky@gmail.com
Frances Farrell, ffarrell@pacificassistancegroup.net

Flying Knee - For physicians in recovery who also need alcohol or substance abuse monitoring. This group is approved by the Medical Board of California as an option for ongoing monitoring and support.
11633 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90049, (310) 871-6419
Romana Zvereva, MD

Virtual Support Groups

This list is from the Federation of State Physician Health Programs and is for informational purposes only. No endorsement is provided.

East Bay AA Intergroup: virtual and in-person meetings available

AA Online Intergroup

AA Online Meetings:
Tuesday/Saturday 6 pm PST, Saturday 8 am PST
Mon - Fri 6 am PST
Mon - Sat 6 pm PST
Sat/Sun 7 am PST
Sun 4 pm PST

Audio recordings from the 6th Symposium on AA History (2022)

International Doctors in AA

In The Rooms – An Online Addiction Recovery Community

Narcotics Anonymous – Northern California Region

Recovery Dharma – “Healing from Addiction with Buddhist Practice”

Smart Recovery – Self-Management and Recovery Training

Unity Recovery