the PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE A PRIVATE, CONFIDENTIAL AND VOLUNTARY RESOURCE FOR DCMS PHYSICIANS IN NEED.
Launching in 2017, the newly developed Physician Wellness Program (PWP) is designed to address the seriousness of physician burnout in our community. The occupation of practicing medicine can be highly stressful and doctors face day-to-day challenges with emotional stress and work burnout. This can have an adverse affect on them personally, their practice and family life.
DCMS is dedicated to addressing the needs of its physician members and, through its Foundation, is committed to providing a helpful resource that is voluntary and confidential. Through a 24/7 confidential hotline & online direct access, free counseling and coaching services are available to all DCMS members.
The PWP is mindful of privacy and confidentiality. No information is disclosed to others and no electronic records kept. The PWP certified counselors are experienced in coaching and counseling health care professionals and are dedicated to the needs of DCMS physician members with flexible hours and availability.
Certified counselors are available who are dedicated to the PWP for confidential counseling:
Meet our Certified FL Counselors:
James Lounsbury, LCSW, DCSW, PhD
13121 Atlantic Blvd., Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32225
15+ years in practice
Specializes in relationship issues, emotional disturbance and anger management
54% of physicians reported burnout in 2014 -- up from 45% in 2011.
Female physicians are two times at greater risk for burnout than men.
Physician burnout is worse than burnout for other US adults, which is much lower and not increasing.
Burnout is causing physicians to leave the workplace and could jeopardize quality of care.
In 2012, the suicide rate for the general population was estimated to be 12.5 per 100,000. The suicide rate for male physicians is 1.4 times the general population. Female physicians have a suicide rate that is 2.3 times the general population.
According to reports from the The New York Times and USA Today, approximately 400 doctors commit suicide every year.
Stats from Medscape
Making a donation will greatly assist the DCMS Foundation in continuing this important program for our physicians in need.