If you are in crisis or are thinking about hurting yourself, please call 988
Support for physicians by physicians
As the healthcare workforce continues to dwindle and burnout rates increase, it has never been more important for physicians to properly care for their mental, emotional, and physical health. Peer Support Programs like ours have been shown to reduce burnout in physicians and improve overall physician well-being.
The CMA Peer Support program is designed to provide access to an empathetic network of physician peers who have been professionally trained to support colleagues in need. The goal is to ensure Central Ohio physicians feel emotional and psychological support from those who have walked in their shoes.
Peer support will occur over 1-2 sessions and if more robust mental health support or coaching is needed, referrals can be coordinated.
Here's how we can help physicians seeking additional support:
Connection with a physician Peer Supporter who has received training by the leading national leading expert – Dr. Jo Shapiro of Harvard;
100% confidentiality and physician-centric
Quick availability to respond to your request.
Peer support is intended for any potentially significant emotional stressors including:
being affected by an adverse event
feelings of isolation/lack of support
effects of work on personal relationships
emotionally traumatic clinical experiences
being reported to a regulatory agency
issues with the media
inability to effectively care for self.
All discussions with participants will be held in utmost confidence. No written notes will be taken by peer supporters. Peer supporters will not share information with employers, colleagues or the state medical board.
There is no cost to participate in the Doc To Doc Peer Support Program.
After calling (614) 385-6660 or submitting a form found on. indiandonkey.com/doctodoc, you will receive a phone call from a peer support physician director within one business day. The director will pair you with a physician who has received extensive training in providing peer support. This peer supporter will reach out to you within 48 hours of being matched with you and will set up a convenient time for a peer support session with you.
Absolutely! Because of the conditioning that happens during a physician’s training, as well as stigmas around asking for help, many doctors are reluctant to seek out assistance during times of stress or hopelessness. If you are concerned about a friend or colleague and want to connect them with the peer support program, you can follow these suggestions:
Let them know you are worried about them and that you care about them.
Share that our roles as physicians can be overwhelming and difficult and that you personally sometimes feel the need to reach out for help
Provide information on the confidential and free Doc To Doc peer support program (information found on the CMA website)
Let them know it is common for physicians to feel this way, they are not alone, and an expertly trained physician peer can lend a sympathetic ear and provide helpful resources
If they seem reluctant to seek out help, perhaps you can offer to pull up the website for them, or be with them while they fill out the program form or call the number for peer support
If they decline help (“I’m fine … I’m just tired”), circle back again to let them know you care about them and to suggest the program. Compassion and understanding will help them not feel embarrassed and normalizing seeking out help will encourage them to connect with peer support
It is important to note that peer supporters will not engage in any clinical treatment or relationship. Peer supporters will provide support and resources for coping only, but can seamlessly collaborate with OhioPHP to provide connections for mental health or substance use resources if needed.
We would appreciate if you could spread the word about this new program to your partners and colleagues! Discussion about Doc To Doc peer support at department meetings, physician lounges, and peer review meetings will build awareness of the program and help to normalize physicians asking for help. A career in medicine can take a toll emotionally and physically. Why not create a movement for physicians to support one another so that we can not only better navigate our careers in medicine, but can also flourish in the process?
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline — Call 988;
Text the keyword ‘4hope’ to 741-741 to be connected to the Crisis Text Line.
Physician Support Line — (888) 409-0141: A national and confidential free support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists who offer peer support for physician colleagues. Open 8 am - 1 am EST, 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.
OSMA Wellbeing CARE Service - The Well-Being Checkup And Referral Engagement (CARE) Service is a simple, free, and anonymous checkup of your mental and emotional health.