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Doctor documentary draws rave reviews

Wednesday, April 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Tuesday night, First Coast physicians opened up about one of the most difficult subjects, physician depression and suicide, at a film screening at UF Health. The film, Do No Harm, is a brutal and honest look into the epidemic of physician stress, burnout and suicide. The evening also included a question and answer session with Robyn Symon, the two-time Emmy Award Winning producer of the film, as well as in depth discussion about the LifeBridge Physician Wellness Program, and UF Health’s new CHAMP initiative (Center for Healthy Minds and Practice).

 
 Dr. Sunil Joshi introduces film producer, Robyn Symon.

UF Health CEO Leon Haley, M.D., started the evening by welcoming the more than 150 physicians to the presentation. “(Symon) told me that I was courageous for bringing this topic to our campus,” said Haley. “I don’t think this is courageous. This is the easy thing. We have to talk about this.”

DCMS Foundation President Sunil Joshi, M.D. echoed those sentiments in his introduction for Symon.

“We have an obligation to take care of physicians to whom we entrust the health of our community. That’s why the work that UF Health and the DCMS are doing to tackle this issue is so important.”

 
Symon speaks to the audience about her film, Do No Harm.

After the film, Symon lead a discussion panel about the film and the impact of burnout and depression on our health care right here in northeast Florida.

"Thank you for bringing this powerful film to us," said Ali Kasraeian, M.D., F.A.C.E. "and it's important to know that the stress of medicine doesn't end with Residency. We need solutions for physicians in all stages of practice."

County Medical Society CEO Bryan Campbell shared details of the LifeBridge Physcian Wellness Program, specifically that any Medical Society member can access free, confidential, in-person counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling the LifeBridge hotline at 447-LIFE. The sessions are completely confidential, not even the Medical Society gets the physicians information, and the sessions will not be reported to your medical record, meaning there is no potential impact on relicensure.

If you missed the screening, don’t worry. Symon will be back with the film as a part of the Future of Healthcare Conference on October 7-8 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Tickets to the entire conference, including the screening, one-on-one with Symon, presentations by AMA President Patrice Harris, M.D., the DCMS Annual Awards, the inauguration of the 2019-2020 DCMS officers, and much more are available now. Simply click here to get your tickets today.

 

Here's a look at the trailer: