This CPPPH newsletter aims to keep readers abreast of current developments and relevant information about physician health and wellbeing in California.
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Wellness activities address quality of life and professional satisfaction for all physicians.
Wellbeing activities focus on an individual physician and provide resources for identifying, evaluating, referring, treating, and monitoring for physicians when addiction, mental health, behavioral issues, and the effects of aging are a concern.
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Yale EEOC Suit Regarding Age-based Screening
As we reported in the last issue of this newsletter, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit against Yale New Hampshire Hospital has caused many health care institutions to put on hold any programs they had, or were planning, regarding age-based screening as part of the mandated process of evaluating the qualifications of physicians seeking appointment or reappointment to the hospital medical staff.
Information from Richard Barton of the law firm Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in San Diego, is that two amicus briefs have been filed, and action is pending the appointment of a judge. The case is in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut.
As new information becomes available, we will circulate it in the CPPPH newsletter.
Physician Health Program Guidelines
The Federation of State Physician Health Program Guidelines describe developments in the science, practice, and scope of physician health services regarding achieving accountability, consistency and excellence. Copies of the 2019 publication are available HERE. The cost for the 97-page document is $99.
Fitness for Duty Assessments
A 3-hour workshop at California Society of Addiction Medicine’s 2023 meeting, titled Fitness for Duty Evaluations, is on Wednesday, August 30, from 1:30 to 5:30 pm. Doctors Matthew Goldenberg and David Kan will cover the necessary components of a fitness for duty assessment as a form of forensic medicine. Credit is 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Registration fee is $575 (or $375 for CSAM members). For all information and to register, CLICK HERE.