At UC Davis Health we are passionate about the topic of clinician wellbeing, and the programs that are described here, while being initially introduced for physicians, apply to all healthcare clinicians, and to many other staff. The health of physicians, the most influential group of healers in our worldwide health systems, can no longer be ignored.

Anyone who wishes to become a professional athlete knows that they will need to take great care of both their body and their mind if they are to succeed at the highest level. They need to train and rest regularly, eat and sleep well, have continuous coaching, both for physical and psychological needs. They also need the support of trainers, family, friends, other athletes and team members as well as fans in order to regularly perform at their best, and at the highest level. And when they have an injury, or are not performing well, they need extra help and support, and possibly time off to recover. Clinicians are the same as athletes except that they have to perform at the highest level continuously and for years. They need all the same services that athletes require to provide top quality patient care, so our aim is to change the culture of the healthcare system and professions, and eventually have all clinicians treated in the same way as top quality athletes.

What is the current status of physician health? Overall from a physical perspective physicians look after themselves well and live on average two years longer than non-physicians in the general population. This is because, on the whole we apply the advice we give our patients to ourselves when it comes to the behavioral causes of medical illnesses. We tend not to smoke. We tend to eat reasonably and exercise regularly. As a result we tend not to be obese. The consequence is that we tend to have less chronic cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses than the general population, which leads to our relative longevity, despite the fact that we frequently treat ourselves and many do not regularly see a primary care practitioner.

Welcome to Slack

slackConnect with all your colleagues, staff and students, at UC Davis via our “HealthyUCDavis” Slack Channel. (Access Instructions: Google and Firefox work best. You will likely be asked to put in the “organizational url” when you login the first time. This is “ucdavis.slack.com”. You will then be asked for your ucdavis.edu email, and your HS password, and then you are in.)

Slack is a very easy to use and open social media platform and anyone with a ucdavis.edu email can join our Channel. Here we want to give everyone the chance to interact, to post ideas and tips about how to work in the era of covid-19, and beyond, and to reduce the causeway distance between all of us. So do please go online and find out what others are doing, and how they are handling the sudden changes involved in working at home, while maintaining social distancing (should be physical distancing, and social networking).

We look forward to seeing you on Slack.