Activity ID



January 24, 2022

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Massachusetts Medical Society


MedPEP, the Medical Professionals Empowerment Program, is a Free podcast series jointly provided by Physician Health Services, Inc. (PHS) and the Massachusetts Medical Society.  PHS is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being and effectiveness of physicians and medical students.

Regulations, technology, organizational complexity, and the explosion of medical knowledge have created a perfect storm for most practicing health professionals. Physician burnout rates now exceed 50%. MedPEP’s star, Dr. Marie Curious, is a young, primary care internist who has started to fantasize about leaving the profession that she loves. On her MedPEP journey, Marie joins Dr. Les Schwab and a group of specialized physicians, coaches, and other experts, who offer a broad range of practical techniques to help her survive and thrive in today’s tough medical environment. The territory they cover includes nutrition, exercise, getting along with difficult colleagues, dealing with bureaucracy and bosses, multi-tasking, system improvement, meditation, and addiction. The MedPEP journey helps Marie, and other health professionals facing similar challenges, gain insight into practical methods for empowering themselves as well as their teams, employers, and the broken system.

In this episode, Dr. Curious meets physiatrist and lifestyle medicine guru Eddie Phillips, MD. Marie describes the draining of cognitive, emotional, and physical energy engendered by rapid multitasking and juggling in the clinic. In response, Dr. Phillips emphasizes the importance of physician self-care to counteract energy depletion. Health professionals should practice what they preach when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, stress management, nutrition, physical activity, and substance use. He then offers multiple tips on how to incorporate good lifestyle practices into one’s daily life. Marie is encouraged both to exercise while interacting with her young children, and to derive joy and pleasure from these healthy interactions. Another way to counter energy depletion is to focus on the joy one derives from helping patients. Finally, Dr. Phillips advises Marie to improve her lifestyle practices by making small changes, building and growing incrementally. Drs. Schwab and Phillips inspire Dr. Curious to test out a lifestyle improvement before the next episode.

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Educational Objectives

Emphasize the importance of self-care and the application of self-care practices to mitigate the cognitive, emotional, and physician energy depletion experienced in the course of everyday clinical practice.
Outline beneficial lifestyle practices that clinicians may integrate into their everyday lives, including regular, positive and meaningful interactions with family, patients and staff.


Professionalism, Physician Wellness, Healthy Lifestyle, Self Care


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Physician Well-being activity

Organizational Culture of Wellness, Personal Resilience

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient, Physician Executives, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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