PHP Update - Fall 2019

In this issue:

  • A life changed: Laura Delliquadri, PAC

    Laura Delliquadri was meant for a life in medicine. Growing up north of Pittsburgh, she volunteered as a candy striper at the local hospital.

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  • Executive Director Message - Speaking our truth

    Have you ever had someone say something completely untrue about you? Your family, your job? If we are all honest, probably everyone on the planet has experienced being the victim of a falsehood. Fabricated stories posing as fact are not likely to go away any time soon.

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  • National Physician Suicide Awareness

    With more than 400 deaths each year, suicide among physicians is a crisis we cannot ignore. Nearly every person in the medical community has been affected by physician suicide.

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  • PHP Medical Director Message - Reflections on suicide

    I’d like to share some reflections about suicide, both professional and personal. In 1929, my maternal grandmother developed melancholia following the birth of my mother. Today we would diagnose post-partum depression. She died by suicide, hanging herself when she could see no relief from the darkness.

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  • Dr. Raymond Truex, Jr. to receive award at House of Delegates

    The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Raymond C. Truex, Jr., MD, FACS, FAANS, who will receive the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Distinguished Service Award at the House of Delegates on Oct. 26, 2019, at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.

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  • Working for You: Katie Gruber

    This regular feature in PHP Update introduces staff members from the Physicians’ Health Program at the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

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  • PHP Medical Director Message - Physician suicide

    Over the past several years, we have experienced a cascade of ominous themes about what’s happening to Americans in general, and to physicians in particular. First, we heard alarms over “burnout,” which this year has evolved into recognition of the rising incidence of suicide. This phenomenon is not limited only to physicians, where the rate of fatality is highest, but in the U.S. population in general.

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  • National Physician Suicide Awareness - Honoring a life lost

    “He elevated the mood in the room wherever he went.”

    This is how Mara Rice-Stubbs describes the second-year resident she worked with during her time as an emergency room nurse prior to returning to Pennsylvania. He died by suicide at just 27 years old.

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  • National Physician Suicide Awareness - Observe, don’t judge

    Dr. Peter Cianfrani was loved dearly by his patients. During his 40 years as a family care physician in Montgomery County, he cared for many of them from the time they were born until they were adults and had children of their own.

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  • PHP Director Message - An inspiring day

    In June, the Foundation hosted a Physician Resiliency Summit in Lancaster. It was an inspiring day. The speakers we convened are pioneers in the fields of physician wellness and burnout, and they brought great information to the attendees. I was lucky enough to sit in on several of the sessions and learn from these incredible health care leaders.

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Spread the word and save a life with PHP posters

Seeking help when you’re suffering from a substance use disorder, mental illness or other behavioral issue is hard. Compound with the pressures of working in the medical field and it becomes even harder.

The Physicians’ Health Program is here to help. We’ve created a set of posters for hospitals and other medical facilities to display in common areas where professionals gather. These eye-catching, yet simple designs can discreetly provide a struggling physician with the lifeline needed to get help.

To download and print these posters today, visit