The Federation of State Physician Health Programs and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Partner to Address Physician Suicide Prevention

A call to action to inspire and educate will begin on December 7, 2020, 4:00pm–5:45pm EDT during a virtual session titled “Physician Suicide Prevention: Listening to the Voices of Experience.”

This special virtual education program is designed for FSPHP members, and speakers or guests from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSBM), the American Board of Medical Specialty (ABMS), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),  the Ontario Medical Association, the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).

There is rising national attention concerning physician suicide. Much of the dialogue is centered on barriers to care for physicians as well as the overall level of stress from COVID-19 superimposed on already high rates of burnout and moral injury. This program is designed specifically for leaders of national associations and Physician Health Programs impacted by physician suicide to come together to share resources and support and recognize the importance of our ability to be there for each other.

This program is designed to:

  • Review and reinforce knowledge of risk factors unique to physician suicide and evidence-informed prevention strategies
  • Hear from the voices of experience and those who have experienced a loved one’s death by suicide
  • Learn what Physician Health Programs are doing to mitigate risk of suicide among their participants and in their communities as well as postvention support for staff
  • Raise awareness of joint efforts and resources from the leaders in the field at national associations to empower healthcare leaders, workers, and workplaces to create cultures of safety and help seeking among health professionals

Special Guest Speakers:

  • Chris Bundy, MD, MPH, FASAM, President, Federation of State Physician Health Programs & Executive Medical Director, Washington Physicians Health Program
  • Christine Moutier, MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Jennifer Breen Feist, JD, Co-Founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes' Foundation
    J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA, Co-Founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes' Foundation & CEO,  University of Virginia Physicians Group
  • Joy Albuquerque, MA, MD, FRCPC, Medical Director, Ontario Medical Association        
  • Michael Baron, MD, MPH, DFASAM, Medical Director, Tennessee Medical Foundation
  • Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD, Chief of Staff and Chief Education Officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education:
    Department of Education, Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education
  • Daniel Blaney-Koen, JD, Senior Legislative Attorney, American Medical Association
  • Humayun “Hank” Chaudhry, DO, MS, MACP, FRCP, President and CEO, Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), FSMB Policy on Wellness and Burnout  

FSPHP Members may register here.