On Monday, February 16, of this year, our Executive Director, Bob Bondurant, had the opportunity to meet with the AMA-UMKC chapter’s student members. These are medical students who are interested in future involvement with organized medicine.
This presentation was at the invitation of Hima Veeramachaneni, MD candidate, class of 2017. Mr. Bondurant was very pleased with the attendance and enthusiasm of the students in attendance. He commented that “These are future physician leaders who need to know about the physician health resources available to them. Physicians are well trained to care for others, but often neglect caring for themselves properly. The MPHP is available to help them take better care of themselves and their colleagues.”
The MPHP is hoping to have a similar opportunity with the AMA student chapters at the other medical schools. The UMKC chapter of the AMA was the first and hopefully only the beginning. Hima Veeramachaneni asked Mr. Bondurant if he was willing to make this an annual event. Of course, we will!
The MPHP is pleased to lecture at the six medical schools in Missouri. Our lectures and relationships with these schools have resulted in many referrals for substance abuse, mental illness, behavior and legal issues. It was most appropriate to help these students before being licensed. We always prefer to assist students and physicians before their problems become more severe and jeopardize their careers and lives.
If you ever wondered how the MPHP covers the entire state of Missouri, the answer is with our Regional Coordinators. The MPHP is very fortunate to have Regional Coordinators dispersed across the state. What this allows us to do is to offer immediate support to physicians in their vicinity in their time of need. Having access to someone who can assure them they are not alone is critical. From the time of referral, a physician is guided to take important steps toward their recovery. In addition, each Regional Coordinator provides ongoing support at least monthly through individual or group monitoring meetings. Group meetings offer physicians with similar challenges an opportunity to share their difficulties and recovery with one another. The Regional Coordinators facilitate the meetings in a safe and professional manner that allows physicians to express themselves honestly and openly. They are also able to monitor our participants’ compliance with their individual program requirements. This is the fifth in our series of profiles of our Regional Coordinators.