Physician Well-Being: The Importance of Physician Well-Being Committees


Physician Well-Being Committees have never been a more critical topic for medical executives and staff.

Here are a few key reasons why:

• Physician shortfall
• Aging physician population
• Stress and burnout
• Substance abuse
• Disruptive behavior

Disruptive behavior that can signal well being issues is prevalent. It is crucial that such behavior be addressed and resolved properly and effectively.

95% of physician executives responding to an American College of Physician Executives survey reported encountering disturbing, disruptive and potentially dangerous behaviors from physicians on a regular basis.

As well-being issues manifest most commonly in operating rooms, medical surgery units, cath labs, ICUs and emergency rooms, patient safety is at risk when physician well-being is not addressed and resolved properly.

Well-Being Committees are the cornerstones for addressing and resolving these issues. The imposition of a non-disciplinary and rehabilitative avenue may be the only chance to prevent destruction of a physician’s career. This is vital for many reasons including the fact that physician’s are becoming an “endangered species”.

Our 3-person presentation team brings into focus the need to recognize underlying medical and/or psychological issues and the appropriate processes and mechanisms for responding to such conditions.

Using our “Theater of the Living Hypotheticals” format, professional actors/facilitators bring issues to life with performances of powerful, realistic scenarios depicting key issues and driving home key learning points re: physician well-being, followed by interactive discussion.


1-2 hours (at client discretion)


(3-person presentation team includes one of the Nossaman LLP attorneys below)

Carlo Coppo is a healthcare attorney and trial lawyer with 53 years of practice and expertise in the areas of healthcare litigation, the defense of lawsuits initiated by disciplined physicians against hospitals, hospital boards, medical executive committees, and members of peer review committees, representation of physicians and healthcare professionals before California licensing boards, and extensive experience as a Hearing Officer and advisor to governing boards in medical staff peer review judicial review proceedings.

David Balfour is a healthcare attorney whose primary area of practice is in defending physicians and other healthcare licensees in investigations and prosecutions by licensing boards. He also represents medical staffs and physicians engaged in the peer review process.

Kit Goldman and Memo Mendez of WTN are nationally acclaimed trainers, facilitators and experts on human and legal issues in the workplace, as well as professional actors. Their unique “edutainment” methodology harnesses the power of entertainment to educate on dozens of workplace topics, achieving unsurpassed levels of engagement and retention. They have appeared frequently as workplace experts in the media. Currently, Goldman and Mendez are collaborating with leading CA health care attorneys on programs for physicians and medical staff services on Cultural Competence, Physician Well Being, Addiction, Disruptive Behavior, Intervention and Peer Review.


• Identify and illustrate issues associated with physician well-being
• Educate re: the importance, role and function of the well-being committee
• Illustrate and deconstruct the impact of underlying medical and psychological conditions using interactive “Living Hypotheticals” performed by professional actors/facilitators
• Provide strategies, tools and knowledge to promote professionalism
• Create the context for the positive impact of the well-being committee on the delivery of quality patient care.


SAMPLE CONTENT (may include but NOT limited to)

• Examples, definitions and case studies
• Importance of the well-being committee
• Prevalence of well-being related problems
• Aging physicians
• Substance abuse
• Consequences of stress and burnout
• Root causes of disruptive behavior
• TJC Accreditation standard MS 11.01,01
• Role and function of the well-being committee
• Elements of performance
• The “Bright Line” of the well-being committee
• The written policy
• Promoting professionalism pyramid
• First and second stage intervention
• Evaluations and evaluation reports
• Rehabilitation programs
• Non-reportability
• Investigations
• Accommodation rather than restriction