Effective Coping and Communication Skills (ECCS) Program for Physicians
Distressed physicians, including those who are felt to exhibit disruptive behavior, are an emerging issue for all who are concerned about physician wellness, positive outcomes in patient care, and creating healthy working environments for entire healthcare teams.
Dr. John Schorling, Dr. Kim Penberthy and Dr. Nassima Ait-Daoud from the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences have collaborated to provide a continuing medical education (CME) course for distressed physicians. The ECCS program was developed at the University of Virginia Health System because of the belief that these physicians could be helped in an educational environment.
The mission of the UVA Effective Coping and Communication Skills for Physicians Program is for all physicians, and especially those who are distressed or exhibit disruptive behavior, to have an opportunity to learn new behavioral skills to help them function optimally in increasingly complex medical environments, document specific behavioral changes and maintain their positions and privileges in their practices or hospital staffs.