Physician health

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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


Physicians Foundation Survey Gauges Your Satisfaction - 10/11/2016

How satisfied you are with the current state of medicine? The Physicians Foundation is surveying you and your 650,000 physician colleagues across the country to determine just that. The survey asks for your thoughts on health reform, electronic health records, new physician payment methods, ICD-10, and a variety of other topics. Take a few minutes to complete the survey.


Physicians Benevolent Fund Can Help - 10/10/2016

Since 1961, assistance payments totaling more than $3.8 million have been given to Texas physicians and their families when they experience personal financial shortfalls. That is what The Physicians Benevolent Fund does. We are there when the family of medicine is in need.


Day of Solidarity to Prevent Med Student, Physician Suicides - 10/10/2016

The United States loses an estimated 400 physicians to suicide every year. On Aug. 20, medical professionals will stand together in solidarity to say "no more."


Our Heart of the Darkness - 07/01/2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physicians are more than twice as likely as the general population to commit suicide. While I am not a trained psychiatrist, I can tell you my own experience with depression and in doing so perhaps render some clarity to a problem that has been swept under the rug for so long.


Health and Fitness Assessments Provides Important Data - 06/17/2016

Just as we recognize academic excellence in our schools, we need to recognize excellence in our schools for supporting student health and fitness. We thank Senator Nelson for her leadership over the years to help Texas schools create healthy environments.


Physician, Heal Thyself: Health Maintenance Behaviors Among Physicians - 05/13/2016

The goal of this article is to assess the need for health maintenance intervention programs directed at physicians and patients. We compared the health maintenance behavior compliance of physicians (as patients) to a control patient population. An online survey was sent to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) medical school clinical and nonclinical basic science faculties and to the non-TTUHSC clinicians of the local county medical society. The survey included questions regarding basic demographics and recent participation in regular health maintenance strategies including annual checkup, influenza vaccination, colonoscopy, Pap smear, and mammogram. Logistic regressions were conducted to determine if being a physician had a significant association with the likelihood of participating in the health maintenance behavior outcomes listed above. This article shows that physicians are less likely than the general population to adhere to specific health maintenance guidel...


TXACP Accepting Applications for 2016 Preceptorship Program - 05/13/2016

The Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (TXACP) is now accepting applications from Texas medical students and physicians for the summer 2016 General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship Program.