Massachusetts Medical Society: Episode 1: MedPEP Season Premiere

Episode 1: MedPEP Season Premiere

MedPEP Season Premiere Episode 1

Course Overview

Meet Les Schwab, MD, a professional coach, internist, and medical leader, and the host of MedPEP.  He is joined by Marie Curious, MD, a young primary care internist who finds her growing clinic practice to be increasingly stressful and overwhelming.  Les and Marie embark upon a journey to discover solutions to survive and thrive in today’s depleting medical environment. Marie’s longstanding aspirations to be a healer are now butting up against the harsh and inhuman bottom-line driven realities of medical practice. She hopes that her young daughter doesn’t become a doctor. Les describes the physician burnout epidemic that afflicts more than 50% of US physicians. Together, Dr. Schwab and Dr. Curious launch the first season of MedPEP – a series of frank conversations they conduct with a series of guest experts.  Each MedPEP guest shares strategies, techniques, and resources to help Marie feel better and improve her ability to function effectively at the team, organizational, and system levels. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the stressors in the current practice environment and identify how these environmental stressors impact the ideas and aspirations of clinicians. 
  • Summarize the salient characteristics of the burnout epidemic and outline potential ways of assisting health professionals at the individual, team, organizational, and system levels.


Les Schwab, MD
I’m a primary care physician with more than 35 years of experience in medical practice and health care organizational leadership. In these roles I’ve been responsible for clinical operations, quality and safety, practice design, leadership training, and building the quality of the physician workforce.

I’ve practiced and managed in the public sector, private practice, and multispecialty group practice environments. Most recently, I served as the chief medical officer at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a 600-physician multispecialty practice in eastern Massachusetts.

I studied biology at Harvard as an undergraduate, completed medical school at Stanford, and returned to Harvard Medical School for my internal medicine training. Since becoming a trained and certified coach, I have launched a coaching and consulting practice that focuses on performance improvement and leadership development.

As a Harnisch Scholar at the Institute of Coaching in Boston, I am the principal investigator of a grant to improve primary care physician morale and engagement through coaching interventions.  I am also a core faculty member of the Managing Workplace Conflict: Improving Leadership and Personal Effectiveness course of Physician Health Services, Inc.

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: Free       
Non-MMS Member: Free       
Allied Health Professionals: Free



CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Physician Health Services, Inc. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Exam/Assessment: Please respond to the reflective statement at the end of the course to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

MOC Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

Activity Term

Original Release Date: January 24, 2019        
Review Date: January 24, 2021           
Termination Date: January 24, 2022

System Requirements

Windows 10
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