Physicians Thriving at Work

By Dr. Carrie Horwitch
We know how challenging these past few months have been for our profession. It is important that we continue to work toward reducing moral distress and burnout among physicians and other clinicians. 
The new KCMS Wellness Committee is one avenue to help accomplish these goals (see flyer below)

In addition, the Washington State Medical Association and WSMA Foundation have this as a key strategic priority through the Healthy Doctors, Healthier Patients programs. 
WSMA Resources for Physician Well-being

White Coats Black Lives Essay

Dr. Meaghan O’Malley shares her thoughts of what the Seattle White Coats Black Lives rally meant to her.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, my husband, two daughters, and I
masked up, put on our white coats, and joined 7,000 other healthcare
workers and friends in a march from Harborview Medical Center to
Seattle City Hall as part of #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives. What
transpired that morning was incredibly moving, powerful, and will not
easily be forgotten...
Complete White Coats Black Lives Essay
Spreading the Word
By Nancy L. Belcher, Ph.D., MPA, CEO KCMS
KCMS is working to continually improve the practice of medicine. We are proud of our accomplishments, but we need to get the word out. Please consider forwarding our newsletters to your friends and colleagues.
If you aren't already a KCMS member please join, or encourage your colleagues to join!
Swedish Hospital Announcement:

New CMO for Swedish Cherry Hill

By Lynn Welling, MD - Regional Chief Clinical Officer, Swedish Health Services
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Zachary Litvack as the permanent CMO for Swedish Cherry Hill. Dr. Litvack is currently interim CMO and was competitively selected from a distinguished field of local and national candidates. He will continue working with leaders at Cherry Hill in its never-ending pursuit of excellence. He will assume duties immediately. 
Letter from Dr. Lynn Welling

Free Upcoming Webinars - The first one is TODAY!

rethink Media is providing free professional training webinars on different topics, including interviewing skills, writing Op-eds/LTE's, and planning for local media.
Writing Op-Eds/LTEs Jun 30, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time
Planning for Local Media Jul 7, 2020 03:00 PM in Pacific Time
Interview Skills Jul 9, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time
Click Here to Register
If you would like to join us please contact Czarina Manzano for dial-in details.

CME Webinar: Eliminating Disparities in Healthcare

King County Medical Society is working to create a CME about the racial inequities experienced in healthcare as a patient and as a provider.
Until we are ready to announce that CME, we did find an opportunity to learn more about this critical topic. Rockpointe is hosting a live CME Webinar titled "Eliminating Disparities in Healthcare: What Can You Do?" on Thursday, July 9th at 10 a.m. PT. 
Their CME seeks to address the issue in a one-hour-long program that will provide physicians with an understanding of the causes of healthcare disparities and tools to help achieve healthcare equity. Webinar content will also be available as an on-demand, CME web course. 
Click Here for CME Registration

New King County Medical Society Members

On behalf of the Society, we are thrilled to welcome our newest members! To help you get to know them better, we have provided a link to each of their bios.
John S Bramhall, MD, PhD is a board-certified anesthesiologist and associate medical director of Harborview. Read more.
Gordana Juric-Sekhar, MD, PhD is a board-certified pathologist at UW Medical Center and a UW Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology. Read more.
Richard Repass, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist. He is the founder of Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment in Mercer Island. Read more.
Laligam Sekhar, MD is a board-certified neurosurgeon at Harborview, vice-chair of UW Neurological Surgery, and a UW professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology. Read more.
Caitlin A Smith, MD is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Washington and an attending pediatric surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital. Read more. 
Susan E Warwick, MD is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente Washington. Read more.

The Time for ‘The Talk’ Is Now

by Dr. Laura Schellenberg Johnson
Dr. Johnson is a palliative care and internal medicine physician practicing at EvergreenHealth.  Johnson recently shared practical information with NY Times readers on having "The Talk" to clarify priorities and decision-making in healthcare during the pandemic. 
With cases on the rise in WA state, this is an excellent time to continue these discussions.  Johnson's story includes checking in with her own mother regarding ventilators and COVID-19.
Dr. Laura Schellenberg Johnson

In Memoriam

Neil Elgee - Obituary

Frank Sennewald - Obituary

Richard Mills - Obituary

Michael Lippman - Obituary

Frans Koning - Obituary  

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