In remaking the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati for physician survival in the 21st century, the leadership has focused on four strategic initiatives, one of which is Physician Wellness and an interconnected physician community.
To that end, the Academy of Medicine is joining forces with others in the health care community to address the local and national issue of physician burnout. Under the Cincinnati Coalition for Physician Wellness, all stakeholders will come together and develop programs for physicians and other health care professionals to address crisis situations, treatment, education, and prevention.
The Academy of Medicine will focus on the prevention and education areas by providing resources and information for all area physicians. Programs that require payment will be discounted for Academy members. The Academy's Physician Wellness Workgroup is considering a survey to assess physician needs, especially as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Preliminary Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati plans call for:
- Wellness seminars and education programs
On January 29, 2020, the Academy hosted the local premiere of the film "Do No Harm," which explores physician burnout, depression, suicide, and more. The showing was held at the Kenwood Theatre. A sold-out crowd was on hand for the event that included an expert-panel discussion.
- Quarterly newsletters and surveys
- Counseling, small group meetings, and other support services
- Social events to promote well-being and more.
The Cincinnati Coalition for Physician Wellness
Recognizing a strong association between physician burnout, emergence of mental illness and physician suicide, the Cincinnati Coalition for Physician Wellness and several of its health system constituents have partnered with the Lindner Center of HOPE to establish the Physician Mental Health Program. For more information on joining the Coalition please contact Natalie Peterson.
The next meeting of the Coalition will be scheduled for March 2021, via Zoom conference call. More information to come soon!
Physician Mental Health Program
This private, rapid access service for physicians in need of psychiatric evaluation is available 24/7 for crisis situations in which a physician would need hospital admission. It also offers five-day per week outpatient diagnostic assessment and treatment provision or referral. A select group of top psychiatrists and psychologists are available on a daily basis. For more information see the website or for a confidential appointment (either self-referral or referral by a second party) call 513-536-0311.
Untreated mental illness among physicians can pose risks to the quality and safety of patient care, prescribing habits, test ordering, risk of malpractice suits and patient adherence to treatment recommendations.
In addition to the Academy, Coalition members include:
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Mercy Health
- Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP)
- St. Elizabeth Healthcare
- The Christ Hospital Health Network
- UC Health
Please continue to check back for more updates to the Physician Wellness program.
Other sources for information on physician well-being:
OSMA Physician Well-Being Resource Center
The Ohio State Medical Association and its Physician Well-Being Committee are bringing awareness to the growing concern of physician burnout—while also providing workplace programs to assist with these issues. Find out more here.
Ohio Physicians Wellness Coalition
Wellness Video Series with Free CME!
The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), which represents Ohio physicians and hospitals and focuses on addressing physician burnout, launched six videos in part 1 of its continuing medical education (CME) wellness video series. The wellness video series is available here – for each module completed, physicians are eligible for 1 credit of category 1 continuing medical education.