Physician Wellness

Are you passionate about physician wellness?

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, 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 Physician Wellness Program provides physicians with direct support through:

Individual Psychotherapy Sessions

The ACCMA Physician Wellness Program is sponsoring individual psychotherapy sessions. Individual physicians can meet with therapists for up to four session 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 wellbeing@accma.org​ to request this confidential service.

Wellness Resources

  • The ACCMA Wellness Resource library contains available physician wellness on-demand webinars, TedTalks, podcasts, websites, articles, and books for physicians to explore.

  • 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.

  • Tips to help physicians protect themselves and their families: what physicians can do before going to work, at work, and after work/coming home. Tips include how to create a hot zone (contaminated area) near your home entrance and how to take care of your skin. Courtesy of the TPMG Diablo Health and Wellness Team.

  • The Care 4 Caregivers Now program from the California Medical Association connects front-line health care workers with volunteer wellness coaches (physicians and nurses) trained to remotely and confidentially coach their peers to reduce their emotional exhaustion and burnout while improving resiliency. Email CMAwellness@cmadocs.org for more information.

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 
  • Talbot Recovery Healthcare Professionals 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.