New program provides free wellbeing sessions for Colorado physicians

CONTACT: Kate Alfano, Colorado Medical Society 

[DENVER, COLO.] — The Colorado Medical Society – the largest organization of physicians in Colorado, with over 7,000 members across all specialties – today announced the launch of a new program, Doc2Doc Wellbeing Consulting (Doc2Doc).  

Doc2Doc provides three free peer consultation sessions for any Colorado physician or medical student. Any physician or medical student calls a dedicated phone number – 720-810-9131 – and the 24/7 line is answered by a masters-level licensed clinician. This clinician then schedules a follow-up appointment in person, or by video or phone call with a physician trained in psychiatry.  

A study published by the American Medical Association, the Mayo Clinic, and Stanford Medicine in December 2022 showed an alarming 62.8 percent of physicians experienced symptoms of burnout in 2021, up from 38 percent the previous year. This follows similarly concerning studies that indicated one in every five physicians planned to leave practice within two years, while one in three anticipated cutting back their hours. 

“Burnout among medical professionals is widespread,” said CMS President Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA. “Seeking help can be difficult for physicians due to stigma, feelings of failure or fear of losing their license. The Colorado Medical Society wants to make it easy for doctors to seek support so they can provide the best care to patients immediately and in the future. We encourage physicians to reach out before a problem gets too big. Utilize these free peer consultation sessions whenever you need them.” 

Many physicians having workplace or situational concerns would benefit from true peer-to-peer support from a physician wellbeing expert. Doc2Doc provides pre-clinical assistance to any Colorado medical licensee or medical student without lengthy documentation or extensive evaluation. Those with any further concern or health condition continue to have access to experienced peer support through Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP). Doc2Doc is meant to supplement the comprehensive evaluations offered by CPHP.  

“CPHP is thrilled to collaborate with CMS on this venture,” said CPHP Executive Director Sarah Early, Psy.D. “Physicians are most comfortable seeking support and assistance from other physicians. Doc2Doc is a resource that is palatable to doctors, in which physicians are directly assisting their peers.”  

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