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COVID-19 Resources

During this time of global healthcare crisis, PHS thanks all of the physicians helping the sick and doing research.

PHS is open, though virtually.

The Physician Health Services, Inc. (PHS) core mission of promoting the health, well-being, and effectiveness of physicians and medical students in Massachusetts has never been more relevant. We continue to be in touch with hundreds of physicians on the front lines of providing medical care and provide them with support, resources, and a listening ear. Services are provided virtually now, including support groups for current clients.

Podcast series on Burnout – more relevant than ever:

MedPEP, the Medical Professionals Empowerment Program, is a podcast series created and sponsored by PHS. The crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic is stressing our already stressed healthcare system. Physician burnout rates which were hovering at 50% are climbing and physicians’ physical and emotional well-being are at risk. Each MedPEP podcast delves into ways physicians can practice self-care, even in a time of crisis. MedPEP also provides free, risk-management CMEs.

Additional, non-PHS resources during COVID-19

*The Massachusetts Medical Society COVID-19 Mindfulness and Compassion Course – Wednesday, October 7, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

    • Below the course information and registration button on this page, please explore the calming, helpful techniques and meditations to keep you and your patients safe.

*Federation of State Physician Health Programs

*Betsy Lehman Center’s website

We are pleased to share COVID-19 Information for Massachusetts Medical Office Practices, a new publication co-produced by the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.

This resource synthesizes current COVID-19 recommendations, guidance and tools from state and federal authorities that are of particular relevance to the medical office setting. Its purpose is to support you in making informed decisions about adapting your practices over the course of this public health crisis to keep your patients and staff, yourself, and the community safe. It includes information about:

    • Preparing for modified office practice: Managing urgent on-site patient visits: Supporting the emotional needs of patients, clinicians and staff

*Occurrence, Prevention, and Management of the Psychological Effects of Emerging Virus Outbreaks on Healthcare Workers: Rapid Review and Meta-Analysis, BMJ Article, April 2020 

*TheHappyMD Weekend Online Forums (not a PHS resource) – Experienced physician Coach Dike Drummond, MD is running free online forums on Saturday and Sunday mornings. All are invited!

*Emergency Childcare – Emergency childcare programs authorized by EEC will serve children of families designated as COVID-19 Essential Workforce.

*McLean Hospital COVID-19 & Mental Health Webinar Series

*McLean Hospital Video: Dr. Blaise Aguirre Offers COVID-19 Coping Tips for Health Care Workers

*Free Meditation Resources:

Online and/or Phone Recovery Group Resources for Clients – Updated 3.16.20

SMART Recovery AA – Online Intergroup Meetings AA, NA, Dual Diagnosis, SAA, CPA Buddhist Recovery NA – Online Intergroup meetings Al-Anon – Online Other:

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