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Working Toward Wellness: TMA’s Physician Health and Wellness Exchange Tackles Burnout - 05/28/2019

TMA’s Physician Health and Wellness Exchange helps physicians find ways to fight burnout.


Survey Shows Most Burnt-Out Specialties - 04/26/2019

According to a nationwide survey of health care professionals conducted last year, several specialties have burnout rates of 50 percent or more. Hospitalists led the survey, with 66 percent of respondents feeling burnt out.


Battling Burnout - 04/25/2019

The state most susceptible to burnout is Texas, which registered the lowest morale rate in the Physicians Foundation’s “2016 Survey of America’s Physicians.” Pockets of organized medicine are stepping up to address burnout, to give physicians a place to talk about their problems and grievances, and to rekindle their professional fire.


Reduce Stress and Fight Burnout in Healthy Ways - 04/23/2019

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Texas Medical Association would like to remind you about free CME courses in the TMA Education Center that can help physicians deal with stress.


Moral Injury: The Pandemic for Physicians - 03/01/2019

We need a safety net for physicians, private psychological support reportable to no one. Otherwise we will continue to see physician burnout and suicide increase. 


Five Ideas for Abstract Submission at the PHW Exchange Poster Session - 01/31/2019

The Texas Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness Exchange in February will feature a poster session highlighting the TMA Health and Wellness initiative in academic medicine. The poster session is an opportunity for medical students, residents, and academic medicine faculty members to collaborate on ideas that will help identify best practices for wellness and resilience in academic medical centers.  


Why You Should Take a Sabbatical (And How to Make the Most of It) - 11/20/2018

There are different ways to get away, and how we go about it may depend on where we are in life. During the routine work year, breaks can come in all shapes and sizes, from the afternoon off to a three-day weekend, or a more substantial week or more off for a vacation. These standard breaks rejuvenate us and help us stay focused when we are back at work. A sabbatical is something altogether different


A Sermon Every Physician Should Read - 11/17/2018

Linda G. Fischer, a chaplain with the Palliative Care Team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, offered the following as the opening invocation at the 2018 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates on Nov. 10, 2018. This reporter was so struck by the power of her words that I felt every Texas physician would benefit from reading them.


Seven Reasons to Attend the Physician Health and Wellness Exchange - 10/31/2018

If you’re interested in exploring how to improve physician health and wellness, here are seven reasons why you should attend the Texas Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness Exchange, scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Houston.


Call for Physician Health and Wellness Abstracts - 10/10/2018

The Texas Medical Association Committee on Physician Health and Wellness (PHW) invites you to submit an abstract to be considered for presentation during the upcoming PHW Exchange, set for March 2 in Houston.


Most Texas Physicians Pessimistic About State of Medicine, Survey Finds - 09/27/2018

A majority of Texas physicians feel negatively about the current and future state of the medical profession, and many would not recommend medicine as a career to their children. Those are among the findings of a recent survey of about 9,000 American physicians commissioned by the Physicians Foundation.


Save the Date For the TMA Physician Health and Wellness Exchange - 09/18/2018

How does patient overload affect academic medical center staff, including residents, faculty, and leadership? Which academic medical center’s wellness programs are effective, and which ones aren’t? Those questions and more will be discussed during the annual Texas Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness Exchange, Saturday, March 2, 2019.


How to Recognize and Respond to Burnout in a Fellow Physician - 09/07/2018

Physician burnout is distressingly common, yet when you see a colleague struggling you might not be sure what to say or do. Knowing what to look for and how to respond can make a huge difference to a struggling colleague.


Fix the Broken Windows of the Medical Profession - 02/28/2018

It’s no secret there’s an epidemic of physician burnout and job dissatisfaction out there. This is for a multitude of reasons, but everything ultimately boils down to a monumental loss of autonomy and independence among doctors, as there’s been a dramatic shift of power and clout away from individual physicians and toward administrators and the business side of health care.


Physician Frustrations: Who will be our future? - 02/28/2018

We all have stories that we so excitedly told during medical school and residency interviews saying why we should be chosen. Maybe we should think about those stories when a young man or woman approaches us about becoming a physician.


Physicians Honored For Helping Keep Their Colleagues Healthy - 02/28/2018

At its 25th Annual Physician Health and Wellness (PHW) Retreat this past weekend, Plano psychiatrist Sejal Mehta, MD, received the 2017 PHW Regional Education Team - Outstanding Volunteer Award.


What Condition is Your Condition In? - 02/27/2018

Don’t stress out about how to keep from getting stressed out. TMA offers nearly 20 CME courses that specifically address those issues.


You Don’t Have to Be Tired All the Time - 01/11/2018

Fatigue is not what you want to take into the exam room, or the surgical suite, or even home to your family. Being too tired to perform well directly affects your patients, your colleagues, and your quality of life. Turn to TMA’s course Addressing Fatigue in Physicians to learn how to modify your personal habits and your environment so you can manage fatigue.


A Piece of My Mind on Peace - 09/01/2017

The essence of the physician-patient relationship is the pain of one human being and an offer of hope by another. It is assumed that in the power differential of this interaction, the physician is the "giver" and the patient is a "taker." We doctors even call ourselves "caregivers" for that very reason. But the truth is that both parties thrive as a result of this special relationship with the other.


Earn CME Credit at Physician Health and Wellness Conference - 06/09/2017

Rebuilding the Physician: Blueprint for Growth will be the theme of the Physician Health and Wellness fall conference held Oct. 14–15 at the Sheraton Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco. Presented by the Texas Medical Association Committee on Physician Health and Wellness, the conference has been accredited for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, seven of which are designated as ethics and/or professional responsibility education. Register now.


Physician Stress, Burnout Topics of Physician Health and Wellness Conference - 06/09/2017

Burnout: Recognition and Prevention will be the theme of the Physician Health and Wellness Training Session and 24th Annual Retreat held Feb. 24–25 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown. Presented by the TMA Committee on Physician Health and Wellness (PHW), the conference has been accredited for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™, 8.25 of which are designated as ethics and/or professional responsibility education.


Make a Donation to Help Louisiana Residents Affected by Flooding - 06/09/2017

Many Louisiana communities have been affected by the recent devastating floods. The Louisiana State Medical Society has created a disaster relief fund, and you can make a donation to the fund to help the state's parish medical societies assist those Louisiana residents who are in need.


Boundary Violations in the Patient-Physician Relationship - 02/02/2017

Physician-Patient Boundary Violations


10 Tips for Conquering Stress - 12/06/2016

As a physician, you not only have to do a lot of things each day but also must be a lot of things that pull you in many directions. … It’s no wonder you’re stressed!


Six Ways to Become a Better Collaborator - 12/05/2016

Practicing successfully under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act will call for strong collaboration and communication between physicians and other members of the health care team. For many physicians, this means a culture shift. Here’s how.