August 2022

In This Issue...

1. A Special Thank You From Our Chairman, Dr. Ted Hamilton
2. Register for the August Webinar! Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD & Ariel Brown, PhD
3. The Well-Being Connector Podcast: Jennifer Reid, MD
4. In the News
5. Research
A Special Thank You From Our Chairman, Dr. Ted Hamilton
We want to extend a final thank you to our Tech Sponsor, HCA Healthcare GME for their generous support of our 2022 Joy & Wholeness Summit. Learn more about their call for papers here.
August 19 – FREE Live Webinar with Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD & Ariel Brown, PhD – Register NOW!
Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD
Ariel Brown, PhD
Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD, MBA
Co-Founder, The Emotional PPE Project
Program Director, Anesthesiology Residency,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Ariel Brown, PhD
Founder and President of the Board
The Emotional PPE Project
Barriers to Emotional Self Care and The Emotional PPE Project
Barriers to taking care of one's emotional needs are abundant for physicians.  This talk will review the research on physician mental health, and outline how The Emotional PPE Project was designed to help lift these barriers and provide a solution for physicians in need.

About the Speakers

Dr. Daniel Saddawi-Konefka is an anesthesiologist and intensivist at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research interests relate to helping people develop and optimize performance. He co-founded The Emotional PPE Project at the beginning of the COVID pandemic to help address the emotional toll of the pandemic. Outside of work, he enjoys playing with his 4 children, chess, and woodwork.

Dr. Ariel Brown is a psychiatric neuroscientist who has done research on the brain in ADHD and bipolar disorder, and helped develop the first drug approved for postpartum depression. She started The Emotional PPE Project merely by asking a friend “how can I help?” and by tapping into the goodwill of her personal and professional network. Apart from her working life, Ariel is also mom to 2 hip children and a connoisseur of pop music.

On this month's episode of The Well-Being Connector Podcast...
Jennifer Reid, MD
Season 2, Episode 13
August 2, 2022
Jennifer Reid, MD

About the Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Reid is a board-certified psychiatrist and award-winning medical educator with a private practice in Philadelphia. She also has a clinical faculty role at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reid is a regular contributor to Psychology Today with her blog, “Think Like a Shrink” and writes and podcasts as The Reflective Doc.
Information on each of the prior episodes can be found on our website (click here) and you can download any of the episodes on whichever app you might normally use to listen to podcasts.
In the News
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Meet the startups using AI to help doctors fight burnout

The article describes a few ways that new tech companies are "using deep-learning algorithms and natural language processing to automate routine tasks in hospitals, cut down hours medical providers spend on paperwork, and reduce mistakes caused by fatigue."
I provide abortions in Indiana. I don’t want to turn patients away.

The editorial is by the Indiana physician who recently became famous for providing an abortion to a 10-year-old girl. No matter one's personal view on abortion, this editorial is worth reading to better understand the moral injury some physicians will face under new abortion laws as they are compelled to turn away what they see as their most venerable patients in their time of greatest need.
Report: More than 5,000 nurses needed in Mass. hospitals as temp staffing costs skyrocket

The staffing shortages are continuing to worsen which only increases the stress on those clinicians who remain.
This writer expresses the frustration of seeing patients harmed by administrative decisions outside of his control. He makes the case for improving how administrators and clinicians work together to help patients.
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"A survey of 1505 physicians conducted from September to October 2020 found that 23.4% had experienced mistreatment in the last year, with patients and visitors as the most frequent source of mistreatment. Mistreatment was associated with higher levels of occupational distress, whereas the perception that protective workplace systems exist was associated with lower levels of occupational distress."

Health and fitness apps for self-tracking health and wellbeing are becoming increasingly popular and are naturally of interest to the health care community. This article is a systematic review of the use and benefit of these self-tracking technologies among end-users, patients, health care professionals and caregivers. Within each group a cluster of themes are identified from the literature. The article concludes with suggesting future research directions.
This analysis of 60 studies from 20 countries focused on burnout in low- and middle- income countries. It found that prevalence varied widely. The authors discuss causative factors and implications for patient safety, care quality, and workforce planning.
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