Steve Adelman, MD
I’m the director of Physician Health Services, Inc. (PHS), the organization that launched and sponsors this MedPEP podcast series. PHS, a subsidiary of the Massachusetts Medical Society, is a nonprofit that provides assessment, triage, and support services to physicians and medical students with challenges such as addiction, mental illness, and burnout. My view of burnout is that it represents a significant, widespread occupational health crisis for health care professionals. In order to take excellent care of other people, we caretakers need to be thriving ourselves. For that to occur, we need to improve our self-care, increase our personal effectiveness, and redouble our efforts to institute necessary local and system-wide changes. I created MedPEP in the hope of sharing helpful wisdom and expertise with a wide audience of health professionals.
I’m a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and I’m currently a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. I’m an experienced addiction psychiatrist. As a MedPEP guest expert I focus on the hazards of substance misuse.
The work I have done assisting physician colleagues has deepened my interest in professional coaching for practicing health professionals. Many of our MedPEP experts are based here in Massachusetts, where we are beginning to see the emergence of a culture of coaching in our large and sophisticated health care system. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.