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By Physician Certified Life Coach Volunteers.
By Physician Certified Life Coach Volunteers.
-This is about peer support using our coaching skills
-We believe in hope, support, connection, abundance, gratitude and the power of being there for each other!
-You are never alone, "We got you" and we are here for you without judgement!
This situation is where peer support makes a real difference.
We understand because we have been there.
You are not alone. We have been there and can help you deal with those feelings.
We have all been there. We can help you with thoughts or feelings that are causing suffering and help you reframe the situation.
Many of us are struggling.
A certified life coach is trained to listen without judgement. You can keep your zoom video feature turned off if you prefer.
We understand the frustration and lack of control. We have heard this before. Almost half of physicians feel stress due to lack of control at work. Let's talk about this.
Many of us are frontlines. We have supported peers who have witnessed unimaginable suffering. We can talk about all the emotions you have not had time to process.
Physician reviews are ubiquitous in healthcare now. We can help you process these emotions and gain a new perspective.
Medicine is a long way to a diverse workforce. Until we achieve diversity and equity we can help you manage the emotions that are causing you distress.
We all do things to get love and praise from others. It is a basic human need. However, sometimes we need to be reminded of who we are and how far we have come.
We can't control what others say or how they behave. You do have control on how you interpret or react to a situation and it will release the emotional hold it can create. Coaches will help you understand the role of all the "shoulds " which you may choose to let go of.
Every physician has different skills, whether you know all the causes or hypercalcemia by heart, or you can take out an appendix in 21 minutes. Physicians who are coaches have another unique skill set. By sharing what you are dealing with, it can help lighten your load.
Everyone here is a physician. We are here to help and listen. We have been trained with skills that can give a different perspective than a spouse, friend or therapist. We just want to support you and help you as peer colleagues.
Burnout Is Real. Many of us have been there.
Here, 10 amazing physicians got together to share an important message, a message of hope.
We dance together to share joy and hope with you.
Check it out!
"I had a very productive session with Dr. A. She listened carefully and had insightful, specific feedback which helped me re-frame my situation.
Thanks for providing this important service." -Diana M.
"Fantastic resource and easy to access support. Thank you! "- Julie B.
"I did not know what to expect from this initial session, and I was impressed by the extent and depth of our conversation. Dr. DP was encouraging, persistent and insightful guide. I appreciated the new perspective on my cognition and I am looking forward to growth and change. Thank you." - Lana L.
" My appointment was great! It was easy to schedule and to connect. I was paired with a coach who suited my needs well. Dr. Alley-Hay helped me to organize my thoughts and find concrete and feasible steps forward. She encouraged me and made me feel much more comfortable and positive about where I am in my journey. -Jessica R.
"I had a great session with my coach and am so glad I did it. Thanks for setting this up! " -Julia S.
"I cannot thank you enough for doing this. So incredibly helpful and needed! The availability and ability to schedule this when I need has enabled me to maintain a grasp on my life and myself. I have had only positive experiences. Thank you so very much! " -Sam S.
"This is an amazing resource you have created. " -Lauren B.
"I gained clarity. Super helpful coach!" -Faye S.
" I had a terrific session with Hedy yesterday!" -Andrew W.
"Thank you so much for this program! I cannot tell you how grateful I am!"- Sam.
"Excellent coaching call with practical solutions-really enjoyed this service and will definetely use again!"- Candace S.
"My session was awesome. It started off w a confusion on time zones do we started late ( totally get that though so no biggie). But talking to michelle was super helpful in helping figure out how to start helping myself. Would totally recommend to any other physician !" - Case T.
"This was so wonderful. It was really nice having an outside party, that's a physician, be able to weigh in on the things that have been stressing me and challenging me at work. I feel as though I have come away from my appointment with an improved outlook on myself and my work-life balance. Thank you for enabling this." - Nikki K.
"I am so thankful for the Physician Coach Support program. I have never had coaching before and wasn't sure what to expect. First of all, it was extremely easy to sign up for the appointment, and I was able to find a time that worked for me very quickly. Dr. Dorrah gave me a little introduction about coaching, and over an hour we had a great discussion. It was very helpful for my specific situation, and allowed me to think about some things from a different perspective I otherwise would not have considered. I really appreciated that this opportunity allowed me to talk with another physician who could truly understand where I was coming from. Thank you to all of the volunteers and supporters who make this program possible. I will definitely be using this service again, and telling colleagues about it as well!" -Meghan G.
-Dr. Cindy Tsai, from her book "So Much Better"
A life coach is individual who has been certified to help others understand how their thoughts are causing their feelings, which then lead to their actions and results.
Life coaching can increase your awareness and help you learn skills to perceive less frustration, or pain during difficult, yet expected circumstances of life.
Coaching can help you understand that you have a conscious choice about what you think and this will affect how you ultimately feel and act.
The coaches are all physicians who have trained or are in training to be certified life coaches.
Coaching is not a doctor/patient relationship, but rather it is a coach/ client relationship.
We do not prescribe any medications, nor do we act in a physicians role when we coach.
Therapy is provided by either by a licensed mental health provider or physician in which a patient/ doctor relationship is established. Therapy may help you understand how your your situation or past affects your situation now. There are many different types of therapy and we do not offer that. We offer an understanding and awareness of your thoughts, so that you can see how it affects your feelings, actions and results.
It is grassroots organization founded by a physician, in which volunteer physicians who are certified life coaches, give free support using coaching skills to other physicians who need it.
No, this is free for any physician.
These sessions are confidential, not recorded and we do not report use to anyone.
If we feel anyone is a danger to self or others we will refer to appropriate resources that are beyond our scope as life coaches.
For physicians: MDs or DOs in training or who have finished their training and wants support from a peer who understands the stressors and challenges we face as physicians.
If you are depressed or suicidal, there are other resources available.
Please see the resource page or call the Physician Support Line which is run by psychiatrists at 1 (888) 409 0141.
Please reach out to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 if you are having suicidal thoughts or call 911.
Coaching is evidence based technique that has been proven to alleviate physician burnout. Being supported by a certified coach who is also a fellow physician adds another level of understanding of the unique challenges doctors face.
47% of physicians suffer from burnout, 18% are depressed, 13% have suicidal thoughts. 56% of physicians with burnout do not intend to get help. Meanwhile 400+ physicians per year will complete suicide. We must help each other as physicians. Do not suffer in silence. You are meant to live your best life, not your worst life as a physician.
We are here for peer support only, but we have different skills we use to help as coaches, which is different than a friend, a mentor or a spouse.
Click on "Appointments" on the menu bar and find a time and date that works for you. Please make sure you click on your own "Time Zone" in the drop down menu.
Once you choose a time and date, enter your information and you will receive a Zoom link confirmation so that you can proceed to get a free and confidential coaching session. You can choose to keep the video feature on or off. Whatever you feel more comfortable with.
No, you are welcome to come back as often as you need. You can talk to a peer about any topic that you are thinking or feeling something about. Topics that you bring to a session can be small or big issues that you want to talk about. No topic is too small.
Yes. There are peer reviewed articles showing decrease in burnout and emotional exhaustion after coaching.
-JAMA Medical Education: "Effect of a Novel Online Group-Coaching Program to Reduce Burnout in Female Resident Physicians" A RCT. 2022; 5(5) May 6, 2022. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2791968
-JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(10):1406-1414. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.2425. Effect of a Professional Coaching Intervention on the Well-being and Distress of Physicians: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial - PubMed (nih.gov)
- J Occup Health Psychol 2020 Oct;25(5):297-314. doi: 10.1037/ocp0000180. Epub 2020 Apr 16. Coaching for primary care physician well-being: A randomized trial and follow-up analysis - PubMed (nih.gov)
- Shanafelt T, Goh J, Sinsky C. The Business Case for Investing in Physician Well-being. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(12):1826–1832. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.4340. The Business Case for Investing in Physician Well-being | Health Care Quality | JAMA Internal Medicine | JAMA Network
When you book your appointment you will not know who is assigned to you.
All of the coaches have profiles listed under the "Volunteers" tab.
The purpose of this service is peer support using coaching skills.
If you become interested in coaching and would like to work with a coach long term you can see their information under this tab. This is there as a resource and so it is not awkward to ask for their information during the call.
However, coaches are not here to offer their own paid services or programs, unless you request the information. If any coach breeches this policy, please contact us and let us know right away. This is not a service for coaches to find clients but to HELP you.
Anyone that wants help in any aspect of their life. This is mental fitness, just like we think of physical fitness.
There are many specific life coaches: life coaches that help you with burnout, finances, weight loss or managing chronic diseases to name a few. The majority of life coaches are not physicians, but there is a growing number of physicians who are also life coaches.
Most professional athletes, successful entrepreneurs, famous TV stars have life coaches. Coaching can be a useful tool for anyone.
Get another perspective on what you are dealing with.
We have all been there.
Our mission is to help and be there when you need to talk to someone.
Sharing what you are going through will lighten your load, make you feel better, with a new perspective.