In this difficult time, the Foundation, PHP and LifeGuard staff members are committed to meeting your needs virtually. You may reach us the following ways…

Foundation Staff: Phone: (717) 558-7750 or (800) 228-7823 and Email: foundation@pamedsoc.org 
PHP Staff:
Phone: (866) 747-2255 or (717) 558-7819, Friday (emergency calls only) Phone: (717) 558-7817, Fax: (855) 933-2605 and Email: php-foundation@pamedsoc.org
LifeGuard Staff: Phone: 717-909-2590, Fax: (855) 943-3361 and Email: info@lifeguardprogram.com 

Additional resource: Face COVID – How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis by Dr. Russ Harris

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Resources for Physician Well-Being and Preventing Burnout

Read the open letter to EAPs/PAPs

Physician burnout is a syndrome that has to potential to impact doctors in any specialty, in any treatment setting. Burnout can originate from work-related stress, and remains a significant topic today particularly during the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Left uncontrolled, occupational stress has the potential for negative consequences in an individual’s life, outside of work, beyond their chosen occupation even outside of work. There are a few resources one can take to mitigate the risk and symptoms of occupational stress and burnout. By actively taking well-being into consideration, individuals can improve their quality of life, find work-life balance, and reduce the negative impact of occupational stress.

The American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that “self-care is an important behavior that physicians in your practice can use to reduce their individual stress levels and prevent burnout. Some self-care interventions include meditation, actively managing health sleeping and eating habits, participating in a regular exercise routine, engaging in hobbies, or taking mini-breaks throughout the day in a quiet space to decompress.” With the resources below, one can learn ways to cope with stress and build efficacious defenses against burnout. 


The following resources can be particularly helpful during the COVID19 pandemic:


homepage_PHP_logoThe Physicians’ Health Program has specific providers who can assist you with services during this stressful time. For more information, call (866) 747-2255 or (717) 558-7819.
The Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) updates resources for physicians during COVID-19: 
https://www.fsphp.org/support-of-clinicians-during-covid-19


The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) suggests their Aware app based on cognitive behavioral therapy for medical trainees: 
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/acgme-aware/id1458893753 


AMA tips for preventing burnout: 
https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/6-ways-address-physician-stress-during-covid-19-pandemic 


AMA suggestions on increasing wellness efforts at your institution (be a champion locally): 
https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/caring-our-caregivers-during-covid-19 


Psych Hub:
https://psychhub.com/covid-19/
Free resource hub to help people address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Microsteps for Self-Care from Harvard:
https://thriveglobal.com/events/first-responders-first-sustaining-yourself-during-coronavirus-crisis/


FREE online Mindfulness-based support group for healthcare professionals treating COVID-19 patients by Caron and Providence Treatment:

    1. Tuesdays 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
    2. Starts Tuesday April 14th and ends June 2, 2020
    3. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/995148621


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Disaster Distress Helpline: 

Headspace is now the exclusive meditation, mindfulness, and sleep provider for the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED). PAMED Members get one year of membership free to feel happier, less stressed, and build coping skills to improve resilience anytime you need it. (Requires PAMED login)


UCLA has a Mindful App based on work from the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC): 
https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/ucla-mindful-app 


The University of Pennsylvania Program for Mindfulness offers courses on a rolling schedule: 
https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/find-a-program-or-service/mindfulness 


The University of Pennsylvania offers a Positive Psychology through Coursera for building resiliency: 
https://www.coursera.org/specializations/positivepsychology 


Additionally, research your institution’s Employee Assistance Program or inquire with human resources. Reach out to a member of the wellness committee. Contact your local medical or professional society for additional specialty-specific resources.