PROVIDING A CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCE FOR DCMS PHYSICIANS IN NEED
The LifeBridge: Confidential Physician Counseling program is designed to address the seriousness of physician burnout in our community. Practicing medicine can be highly stressful and doctors face day-to-day challenges with emotional stress and work burnout. This can impact one's personal, practice or family life.
DCMS is dedicated to addressing the needs of its physician members and, through its Foundation, provides a resource that is voluntary and confidential. Through a private 24/7 wellness line & online direct access, six free counseling and coaching sessions are available to all DCMS members.
LifeBridge is mindful of privacy and confidentiality. No information is disclosed to others. The certified counselors are experienced in coaching healthcare professionals and are dedicated to the needs of DCMS physician members with flexible hours and availability.
DCMS maintains physician confidentiality. DCMS does not keep client specific records. As a standard practice, clinicians keep confidential records, but do not reveal physician identity to the DCMS.
PRIVATE WELLNESS LINE: (904) 447-LIFE (5433)
Meet our Certified FL Counselors:
James Lounsbury, LCSW, DCSW, PhD
13133 Professional Drive, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32225-4178
15+ years in practice
Specializes in relationship issues, emotional disturbance and anger management
Of 15,000+ physicians from 29 specialties surveyed, 42% reported burnout in 2018.
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.
Burnout among employed versus self-employed physicians is the same.