Recently, St. Louis University, invited our Executive Director, Bob Bondurant, to speak to their Chief Residents. The administration of St. Louis University decided to offer a program about four years ago to present information for their Chief Residents that is not typically covered in their core curriculum. It includes providing information on business practices for their future careers, as well as physician wellness. These are subjects that had been requested by the Chief Residents themselves. Meetings are held three times a year. The first meeting is for incoming chiefs with the focus on their duties and responsibilities as Chief Residents. The second and third sessions cover subjects relating to their future practice of medicine, and often draws upon outside resources.
The Chief Resident has to be not only clinically proficient but also have supervisory skills as well. He/she may encounter addiction, mental illness, behavioral problems, family issues, financial issues and personal medical problems as well. The MPHP is available to consult with them regarding these critical personal issues. It is especially good to be reminded that “we are on their staff, not their payroll.” The MPHP is highly experienced with all distressed physician issues and welcomes the opportunity to assist any Missouri physician or medical student.
We appreciate the invitation by Dr. Julie Gammack, Associate Dean with SLU’s Graduate Medical Education program to offer this presentation and hope that other academic institutions follow this example.
Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course Available
For anyone interested in taking a free MSBR training course, there is one available through Palouse Mindfulness. The instructor is certified by the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been teaching MBSR classes for more than ten years. This course was recommended by a physician who was not able to take an in-person class, due to his location. According to the website, this training “can have a significant effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes, and other ailments.” The website is http:// www.palousemindfulness.com.
Recommended Article on Recovery from Adverse Events
A superb article which we highly recommend reading, titled “What I Learned about Adverse Events from Captain Sully: It’s Not What You Think” was recently published in JAMA 2015;33(4):361-362. The author is Marjorie Podraza Stiegler, MD, with the Department of Anesthesiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you are not able to access the article through JAMA, it may still be available online by searching under the article name. It is well worth a look. You may remember Captain Sullenberger’s name from the “miracle on the Hudson”, who was the pilot of US Airways flight 1549 that hit some birds shortly after takeoff, causing the plane to lose power in both engines. What you may not remember is that the entire crew suffered from PTSD afterwards. The airline industry’s approach to dealing with such events is quite a contrast to that of the medical profession, as the article well describes.