A Message to Healthcare Professionals During the COVID Crisis

It’s been amazing to see communities across Tennessee come together to help their neighbors in time of need, particularly in the healthcare community. We know health facilities and professionals in some areas are under intense pressure and that could continue for the next several months. For those who are struggling, even as they provide care for…

Practical Tips for Mental and Physical Health in the COVID-19 Crisis

“The single most useful thing anyone can do in any type of crisis – Corona-related or otherwise – is to: focus on what’s in your control.” This and other tips are included in “FACE COVID,” a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy…

TMF Utilizes Video Conferencing as Precautionary Measure

As a precaution to limit potential workplace exposure to COVID-19, the TMF will be utilizing video conferencing until May 1. In-person visits with staff will instead be conducted using the GoToMeeting online platform throughout March and April. The TMF will be contacting participants regarding currently scheduled meetings. Please call or email with questions about upcoming…

Register Now for the 2020 Caduceus Retreat

Registration is now open for the 2020 Caduceus Retreat, titled, “Mindfulness Techniques for Anxiety and Relapse Prevention.” Our Caduceus Retreat speaker is Katie Hirst, MD, a sought-after speaker on addiction and psychologically-informed mindfulness. TMF’s 34th annual retreat is scheduled for Friday, June 12, through Sunday, June 14, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin,…

TN PSQ Offers Confidential, Voluntary Mental Health Screening and Connection

The Tennessee Medical Foundation Physician’s Health Program has launched a new mental health resource for use by licensed health professionals it serves across Tennessee. The Tennessee Professional Screening Questionnaire, or TN PSQ, is an online self-screening tool that is now available statewide at tn.providerwellness.org. The TMF and its partnering organizations, including the Tennessee Board of…

New Mental Health Resource Coming Next Month

Increasing mental health referrals to the TMF Physician’s Health Program have led the Foundation to develop a new online mental health resource for use by licensed health professionals across Tennessee. The resource, an online screening tool, will be available statewide through the TMF and other healthcare partners beginning February 2020. The TMF will be the…

Experience Knoxville During the IDAA Meeting/Caduceus Retreat!

TMF participants attending this year’s annual Caduceus Retreat in Knoxville are being encouraged to experience the city while they are in town for the joint session with the IDAA Annual Meeting. Suggested activities during the July 31-August 4 session: Remember to go to the Farmers’ Market on Market Square on Saturday morning! Remember to rent…

2019 Caduceus Retreat Joins IDAA Annual Meeting in Knoxville

The 2019 Caduceus Retreat will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Meeting of IDAA (International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous), scheduled July 31-August 4 at the Knoxville Convention Center. The Caduceus Retreat segment of that meeting will be held August 2-4. “This year’s meeting offers our TMF Physician’s Health Program participants a chance to…

TN Physician: I’m “Living Proof” the TMF-PHP Works

“When medical professionals come to the TMF for help, they’re not on a winning streak – their lives and careers are storm-tossed and so many of them are in danger of drowning.” That comment is from a Tennessee physician who says he was one of those who was in danger until concerned friends contacted the Tennessee…

Physician Burnout, Part IV, Published in SVMIC Newsletter

The causes and consequences of Physician Burnout Syndrome (PBS) are the topic of Part IV of TMF Medical Director Dr. Michael Baron’s article series in the The SVMIC Sentinel. “Physician Burnout: Other Viewpoints” was published in the October issue of the SVMIC newsletter. Read the article in The SVMIC Sentinel. Read Part I, Part II, or Part…