An excerpt from Ed’s Update (12/23/2014)

Dear Colleagues,

I ran across an article that I wanted to share with you. It’s a blog response to a recent Wall Street Journal article describing some results of a national physician survey that showed only 6% of respondents currently feel positive about their morale.

As I have said in my area visits, we are not immune from the challenges that face physicians nationally. And at the same time, I believe we are in a better position to solve for those challenges than anyone.

As a self-governing medical group, we enjoy the privilege of knowing we practice ethical medicine in a collegial and collaborative environment, with a future secured by our performance in a model of care delivery that puts the patient first and cares for them across the continuum.

For all the challenges, ours is a noble profession, and there is no better place to practice medicine than Permanente. I thought this was a worthwhile read because it offers insights into what is happening nationally as well as thoughts for creating resilience when we feel depleted.

Read the blog response here.

Read the Wall Street Journal article here.

Warm regards,

Ed Ellison, MD
Executive Medical Director, SCPMG

“You cannot add to the peace and good will of the world if you fail to create an atmosphere of harmony and love right where you live and work.”
~ Thomas Dreier

(With thanks to Downey’s Ted Chen, MD, for bringing this thoughtful quote to my attention).