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PHP Director Message - An inspiring day

By: Kendra Parry, MS, CADC, CIP, CCSM

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.

Dr. Tait Shanafelt kicked off the event with his keynote address. An internationally known leader in the field of physician well-being, he shared about personal and organizational approaches to physician well-being. His keynote and breakout session were amazing and we were fortunate that we could bring him from Stanford to share his work.

Dr. Heather Farley, chief wellness officer at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del., shared her charge to bring joy back to the practice of medicine and the innovative work she is doing in her health care system to support her colleagues.

COL Catherine Kimball-Eayrs, MD, is the chief experience officer at Walter Reed Medical Center. She discussed how the implementation of her position has impacted both the patient and staff experience, bringing a culture to the health system that focuses on joy. In turn, this has resulted in better resilience among the staff and overall better patient outcomes.

Dr. Stacia Dearmin, founder of Thrive: Insight, Education, Support, held an extremely important discussion on how to deal with adverse outcomes. She helps her colleagues by providing insight and alleviating isolation during some of the most difficult times they will face as a health care provider.

Dr. Pamela Wible, the afternoon keynote speaker, spoke on physician suicide. Physician suicide is an important topic that we have covered throughout this issue of PHP Update.

What was even more impactful than the presentations themselves was listening to the attendees gather at the end of the sessions sharing their ideas and excitement for how they could take what they learned and implement it back at their own health care systems. There was such great energy and passion for helping their fellow colleagues who may be facing burnout and stress. This passion for helping is what keeps the PHP staff going day after day. We provide support and advocacy to our participants as they face some of the most challenging times of their lives.

In addition to our referral and monitoring services, the PHP medical directors present several times a year across the state on the topic of physician burnout and stress. This CME-eligible presentation is, by far, the most requested activity we offer. The learning objectives include having participants identify and implement practical approaches and utilize available resources to effectively recognize and address concerns related to physician impairment, specifically burnout and stress, in the workplace.

If you would like to learn more about our educational offerings, please visit our website at www.paphp.org. To schedule a presentation, call or email the PHP at (717) 558-7819 or php-foundation@pamedsoc.org.