NAM News - September 6, 2023
In This Issue

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day: NAM's focus on physician well-being through PROSPER

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (#NPSADay) is September 17. We can all help prevent physician burnout and suicide by learning the signs, starting the conversations, understanding the underlying barriers, and sharing the resources that can help those in distress seek mental health care.
  • Burnout - In response to the growing concern of burnout among physicians, the Nashville Academy of Medicine and the Medical Foundation of Nashville have launched PROSPER to provide resources and support and to encourage Middle Tennessee physicians to reach out before they are in crisis.

  • Vital Signs - Click here to learn the vital signs if you or someone you know is struggling

  • Crisis - Tennessee Crisis Hotline - 1-855-274-7471

Student and Resident Social - September 27th

Join NAM members, medical students, residents, and fellow leaders from Nashville for a free evening of networking, drinks and light hors d’oeuvres on Wednesday, September 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thank you to our host and Presenting Sponsor – Kenect Nashville! We will be gathering on their beautiful, private outdoor amenity deck with sunset views. 
Register Here for September Social

Women in Medicine Month

September is Women in Medicine Month!
From clinics to classrooms, female physicians, residents, and medical students lead with purpose and inspire those around them every day. NAM is thankful for all of the strong female leaders we have in our membership, on our board and in leadership positions in NAM and TMA.

37th Geriatric Update Conference: Moving Forward post Pandemic

October 6, 2023 - Hosted on Zoom by NAM Board Members, James S. Powers, MD and Parul Goyal, MD.
The pandemic has exposed gaps in care important to quality of life, social determinants of health, culturally sensitive care, health inequities, and person-centered care. The proposed curriculum will address COVID-19 response and recovery, health promotion, community health collaboration, provider resillience, and telehealth implementation through a lens of health equity and diversity, leveraging existing partnerships and trusted messengers. 

Mental Health, Recovery, and Suicide Prevention Summit

September is National Recovery and Suicide Prevention Awareness month. A time for many people to reflect on those they have lost, their friends and family, or even their own personal struggle with suicide or substance use disorder. It is important to prepare ourselves as best we can with the knowledge of what to do if one of our patients or someone in our lives experiences a suicidal crisis.
It is with this thought in mind that the Tennessee Pharmacy Recovery Network, the Tennessee Medical Foundation, the Tennessee Dental Wellness Foundation, and the Tennessee Professional Assistance Program have teamed up to develop the first Tennessee Interprofessional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Summit. The summit will offer 4 hours of education aimed at promoting education on mental health, resiliency, recovery, and tools you can use to help someone who may be having suicidal thoughts.

Click here for more information. 
Thank you to
our sponsors:
Burke Financial Group, LLC
Board of Directors:
  • Gregg Shepard, MD 
    Board Chair
  • Michael Beckham, MD
  • Carl Willis, MD
  • Laura Lawson, MD
  • Christin Giordano McAuliffe, MD
  • Parul Goyal, MD
  • George "Trey" Lee, III, MD
  • Matthew Pollard, MD
  • James Powers, MD  
  • Adrian Rodriguez, MD
  • Nicole Schlechter, MD 
  • Duane Smoot, MD

Contact Us:
General Inquiries
Phone: (615) 712-6236  
Project Access Nashville 
Specialty Care
Phone: (615) 712-6237
Rebecca Leslie, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Nikki Ringenberg, MPA
Senior Director

Taylor Crawford, MPH
Director of Strategic Projects
and Operations

Jessica Miller, MS
Director of Physician and Community Engagement
Anastacia Volz, MPA
Executive Director of Project Access
Nashville Specialty Care
Erica Brahan
Assistant Director of Project Access
Nashville Specialty Care
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Physicians Ball Tickets are on sale now!

You're invited to join us October 21, 2023 for the Medical Foundation of Nashville's Physicians Ball!

The ball will include dinner, a live band, dancing, and a silent auction as we celebrate the healthcare community and raise funds to support the work of MFN to support health access, promote healthy lifestyles, and champion health and medical education.
Take a look at the options for joining this event:
We would also love to speak with you about having your business become a sponsor of the Physicians Ball!  If you'd like more information, please let us know by emailing here
Kroger Community Rewards:
Once logged into your Kroger account you can search for Medical Foundation of Nashville either by name or JR590 and then click Enroll. Learn more or click the image to the right.
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