Reduce Stress and Fight Burnout in Healthy Ways
By David Doolittle


Work is inherently stressful, especially for physicians. 

Perhaps you know a physician who relieves stress in the evening with a cocktail or two, or a couple of glasses of wine? Although it may seem innocuous at first, a routine of relying on alcohol to take away stress might result in a nefarious cycle of increased anxiety, mood swings, risk-taking, or worse. 

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. 

Developed by the TMA Committee on Physician Health and Wellness (PHW), these courses address physicians’ individual well-being on topics such as: 

  • Physician Stress and Burnout: Find out how to apply healthy coping skills that improve ethical behavior, enrich personal resilience, and prevent stress.
  • Addressing Fatigue in Physicians: Learn how to manage fatigue by modifying your behavior and environment.
  • Balance for Life: Discover sustainable ways to initiate and maintain balance in your life.
  • Hardwiring Happiness: Find strategies and tools to help you foster happiness in your life. Getting to know yourself is the first step.
  • Break the Silence: Physician Suicide: Learn what causes suicidal behavior and how to apply this knowledge to practical clinical situations. 

All are designated with 1 AMA PRA Category 1™ Credit and 1 ethics/or professional responsibility credit. 

The online courses are free for TMA members thanks to a generous sponsorship by the TMA Insurance Trust

You also can schedule a live presentation onsite or via Skype for a fee. To request a live presentation, submit the online form. Looking for more? You can also request a two-hour course. 

Here’s Another Way You Can Help Physicians  

Are you interested in the well-being of your physician colleagues? 

Do you enjoy public speaking, or are you willing to help develop CME activities? 

Do you have a small amount of time to devote to a worthwhile cause?

If you answered “yes,” please consider joining the PHW education team. More information is available on the PHW’s website, or by emailing phw[at]texmed[dot]org.

Physician Assistance

The Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF) offers financial assistance to licensed Texas physicians who cannot afford treatment for depression, substance use disorders, or other potentially impairing conditions through the newly established PBF Wellness Fund. Visit to apply.

Last Updated On

April 23, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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