TMA Can Help Medical Community Cope With Stress


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you might be getting overwhelmed by the stress of caring for patients while protecting yourself and your staff. 

The Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness is committed to supporting your well-being during this time of challenge and distance. 

Here are ways the committee is available for you: 

  • Free practical toolkits that promote the nine dimensions of wellness: social, physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, mental, financial, environmental, and occupational. TMA’s Wellness Plugins resource center addresses all nine dimensions to help physicians, medical students, and residents mitigate the effects of emotional stressors and build resilience.  
  • Live CME webinar topics such as Promoting Wellness Through Social Media, which teaches you how to utilize your institution’s or facility’s social media accounts – instead of a personal account – to advocate for good health and to provide information to educate the community. Choose a topic and submit your request for a webinar today.  
  • Free health and wellness educational webinars for medical students and residents. Learn how to assess your risk for financial stress and identify options such as medical student scholarships, loans, and other financial programs with TMA’s new course, A Roadmap for Financial Health. Submit your request for a free webinar today.  
  • TMA Foundation (TMAF), with support from The Pfizer Foundation, recently approved grants to seven county medical societies for the creation or expansion of existing activities that support physicians’ well-being. These include professional counseling, yoga, and video presentations. If you are a member of the Bell, Dallas, Ector, Lubbock, McLennan, Smith, or Travis county medical societies, find more information about specific activities in your area

In addition, several national organizations offer resources, help, and information that may assist physicians through stressful times, including:

  • American Medical Association “Caring for our caregivers during COVID-19” resource pages
  • Physician Support Line: (888) 409-0141
  • Psychiatrists helping physicians and medical students navigate the many intersections of personal and professional lives. Free and confidential, 7 am to midnight (CT), seven days a week.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress; prevention and crisis resources; and best practices for professionals.
  • The Emotional PPE Project
  • Connects health care workers in need with licensed mental health professionals who can help. No cost. 

Most of TMA’s CME programs are free for TMA members and their practice staff thanks to a generous sponsorship by the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust

Visit the TMA Education Center to learn more about educational opportunities, or visit the TMA COVID-19 Resource page for tools, information, and more. 

Disclaimer: Certain links provided with this information connect to third party websites. These links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by TMA of any of the third-party products, services, or opinions. TMA has no control over these websites or the information, goods, or services provided by third parties and shall have no liability for any use or reliance by a user on any third-party websites. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content. 

Last Updated On

January 29, 2021

Originally Published On

January 29, 2021

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