Open Letter to Physician Well-Being Committees, Medical Licensing Boards and Disruptive Physician Resource Organizations
As healthcare organizations struggle to meet the January 1, 2009 deadline for establishing policies for the handling of “disruptive physicians”, one glaring problem needs to be addressed. Currently, there are no published resource directories for acceptable intervention programs for disruptive physicians any place on the internet.
When physicians are mandated to attend an intervention program to address issues such as anger, stress or other issues associated with disruptive behavior, it is extremely difficult to find these needed resources. There are no resources listed on the websites of the national or state medical organizations, nor are any resources listed on the sites of state Medical Licensing Boards. The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) does not currently provide a resource directory containing intervention programs for disruptive physicians.
A number of medical schools, including Vanderbilt University and the University of California at San Diego, offer nationally recognized programs for disruptive physicians. However, these programs are very small and generally have long waiting lists. UCSD offers it’s PACE Program four times a year with 8 physicians in each course. It is currently full through July 2009. Vanderbilt University is also limited in the total number of referrals it is capable of handling. According to its website, Vanderbilt is full through March 2009.
Physician Well-Being Committees, Credential Committees, Risk Management Officers, H.R. Managers, and those responsible for making referrals to programs for disruptive physicians need to have easy access, via the internet, to credible Executive Coaching/Anger Management programs for physicians.
The JCAHO may be the most logical organization for establishing a directory of resources for physicians and making such a directory available to all of the stakeholders.
Anderson & Anderson is the nation’s largest provider of On-site Executive Coaching/Anger Management for physicians. The Anderson & Anderson coaching curriculum and workbook is consistent with the new, 2009, JCAHO standards for “disruptive physicians”. This program is available on-site anywhere in the United States. Coaching can be scheduled on a short notice for any day of the week.
For more information, please call Anderson & Anderson at 310-207-3591.
George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Anderson & Anderson, A.P.C.
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