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Previous Editions of The Physician Lifeline Newsletter
  • The Physician Lifeline - March 2018
    IN THIS ISSUE: Is Your Teenager or Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? Depression & the Young Brain Science and Cannabis Abuse Tips from ...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - January 2018
    IN THIS ISSUE Red Flags for Opioids Did You Know? Dispelling the Myths of Marijuana How to Support a Recovering Addict Tips from Dr. Bill W Neve...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - November 2017
    IN THIS ISSUE PHPs: Outcomes and Variance... Tips from Dr. Bill W. The New Trend in Medicine Comment from the Editor Q & A How do you know whe...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - September 2017
    IN THIS ISSUE 1. Quitting Time 3. A Second Chance 6. Depression 8. Longer Treatment 8. Missouri Doctor Heads
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  • The Physician Lifeline - July 2017
    IN THIS ISSUE: Fast 5 Quiz Breaking the Stigma AMA President Meets Medical Students Register for... Tips from Dr. Bill W Announcing New Medical ...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - May 2017
    IN THIS ISSUE: My Hidden Addiction The MPHP: First Responders for Missouri Physicians Report Reveals Severity of Burnout by Specialty Tips...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - March 2017
    IN THIS ISSUE: Tips for Strengthening your Marriage / Relationship Options for Physicians Who Don’t Get Accepted to Residency Programs Pract...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - January 2017
    Physician Job Security: Time to Check Your Contract? Tips From Dr. Bill W. A New Tool to Combat Opioid Addiction in the St. Louis Region ...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - November 2016
    It wasn’t until the state police and the DEA were sitting in my primary care office that I finally stopped denying that I was hopelessly addicted...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - September 2016
    Treatment Outcomes Matter Today substance use disorder treatment is a vital part of the solution to the national drug problem, with heroin and opioi...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - July 2016
    The Doctor’s New Dilemma by Suzanne Koven, M.D. The woman sits perched on the end of my exam table, leaning forward, blond curls tumbling over her...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - May 2016
    Counseling Impaired Docs: Help Programs May Need Retooling as Hospitals Expand Physician Employment By Lisa Schencker The surgeon was moody. He seem...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - March 2016
    Implementing Change to Reduce Depression and Burn Out Among Physicians in Training by Robert Bondurant, RN, LCSW, and Nancy Morton, BS Often it tak...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - January 2016
    When Daniel H. Angres, 66, reads the headlines about the growing numbers of baby boomers addicted to -- and overdosing on -- prescription pain pills...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - November 2015
    Making errors is an inherent part of learning, even in medicine. Shame and guilt about errors, though, can have a major impact on the progress of re...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - September 2015
    Meta-tag Description: Myths about alcoholism are pervasive in the world of alcoholism and treatment, myths are dangerous because they can be determini...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - July 2015
    It is safe to say that the concept of addiction as a disease is certainly controversial. Does this mean it is wrong or not of value? Another controver...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - May 2015
    IN THIS ISSUE: Physician Death by Suicide A New Concept in Educating Chief Residents Speaking to the Future Leaders of Organized Medicine ...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - March 2015
    Dear Friends and Colleagues, It has been a while since I have addressed you in our newsletter. I am taking this opportunity to present a serious matte...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - January 2015
    IN THIS ISSUE: Tips from Dr. Bill W. Obituary: G. Douglas Talbott, MD 2014 Staff Presentations Avoiding Inappropriate Online Posts 2014...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - November 2014
    IN THIS ISSUE: Too Much Information —The Ethics of Self-Disclosure & A Response Tips from Dr. Bill W. Spotlight on Tracy Ellman Risk for Phys...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - September 2013
    Deal with Physician Impairment Before It’s a Safety Risk by Karen Caffarini Attorneys and experts recommend that practices have policies that addr...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - September 2014
    Thoughts on Legalization! by Jon Shapiro, MD! Medical Director, Physicians’ Health Programs of the Medical Society of Pennsylvania! ! Our recent...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - July 2014
    IN THIS ISSUE: Physician Suicide - A Problem for our Time Spotlight on Martin Dressman, MSW Good news from the President of FSPHP
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  • The Physician Lifeline - May 2014
    IN THIS ISSUE: When Bad Behavior Can’t Just Be Dismissed Spotlight on Jayne Niskey, PhD Meeting Announcements Recommended Reading A Ne...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - March 2014
    The name of Donald McIntosh, MD, may not be familiar to you, but among Dr. McIntosh’s many accomplishments as a physician was his crusading efforts ...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - January 2014
    A major deficiency still plagues the MPHP! As we begin 2014, I would like to revisit what this is and ask for your help. During 2013 as I would inte...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - November 2013
    Creative street chemists never run out of ideas about how to come up with designer drugs that can be abused. These drugs are usually marketed to you...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - July 2013
    The Aftermath of Trauma – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Most of us build our lives around the belief that we will be relatively safe. Granted, no...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - May 2013
    When Is It Okay to Date a Patient? Medscape Ethics Report 2012 by Shelly Reese Introduction To the besotted poet, love is intoxicating, exasperati...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - March 2013
    Malpractice Rates Lower Among PHP Participants Findings from a study recently presented at the AMA/CMA/BMA International Conference on Physician He...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - January 2013
    Dear Friends and Supporters of MPHP, We know that there is a serious physician shortage, and replacing a physician may cost as much as $200,000. A c...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - November 2012
    Because of stigma (feared or real), overwork and denial of vulnerability, many physicians do not take good care of themselves. Yet we are not immune ...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - September 2012
    Tips for a Healthy Marriage/Relationship It is a fact that married physicians have a 10-20% higher divorce rate than that of the general population....
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  • The Physician Lifeline - July 2012
    Tips for a Healthy Marriage/Relationship It is a fact that married physicians have a 10-20% higher divorce rate than that of the general population....
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  • The Physician Lifeline - May 2012
    Opioid Prescribing Requires Close Patient Monitoring A
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  • The Physician Lifeline - March 2012
    Identifying Suicide Risk by Nancy Morton, B.S. Due to the recent suicides that have occurred in Missouri’s medical community in the last year, I...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - January 2012
    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Sincox, MD as Medical Director, by the Missouri State Medical Association. Dr. Sincox, a Family ...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - November 2011
    An overworked married pediatrician was attracted to a single mom in his practice... ...When his wife discovered the affair, he broke it off. The mot...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - September 2011
    “The most troubling finding is 94% of primary care physicians failed to include substance abuse among the five diagnoses they offered when presente...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - July 2011
    Hospital administrators, physician colleagues, and allied staff often grapple with the best approach to disruptive behavior. Some have advocated an ...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - May 2011
    Those in the healing profession have prescribed cannabis, known in the vernacular as Marijuana (MJ), for at least five millennia. MJ was prescribed i...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - March 2011
    In this issue, we present two articles on depression and suicide. Quite often in our work, we must confront this issue in a very personal way. Rec...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - January 2011
    Our economy is a major concern. I referred to this last year in this column and it is as true today. Each year we rely on our contributors to cont...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - November 2010
    In this issue, we are pleased to present an excellent report authored by the task force on the Accommodation of the Pregnant Physician, published ...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - September 2010
    One of the blessings of the work that I do with the Missouri Physicians Health Program is the opportunity to work with remarkable individuals. It is...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - July 2010
    This year we celebrate 25 years of service to Missouri physicians. 1985 was the year that the Missouri Physician Health Foundation became incorpor...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - May 2010
    1 Program Notes by Bob Bondurant In this issue, we present part 2 of “Medical Malpractice: Anatomy of an Alabama Lawsuit and How to Cope When Yo...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - March 2010
    In this issue, we continue to present vital information regarding malpractice. In our January issue, we presented information on avoiding malpract...
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  • The Physician Lifeline - January 2010
    I am very proud of the position MPHP finds itself in today. In spite of the economic challenges that we face, MPHP stands steadfast and is availab...
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