As leaders in healthcare, we dedicate our lives to taking care of others. Physicians Working Together was created to help eliminate the isolating issues that we face as physicians. We are an umbrella organization for information, advocacy, networking, collaboration, community outreach and support for one another. Our mutual support for each member will strengthen our ability to provide quality patient care.
PWT WORKS HARD TO create SOLUTIONS TO the CHALLENGES THAT MANY OF OUR PHYSICIANS FACE.
Physicians Working Together started as a Facebook group in 2015 by Kimberly Funches Jackson MD, a family medicine physician based in Alabama and Georgia.
National Physicians’ Week launched during the week of March 25-31, 2015, to honor the healers dedicated to the art of medicine. In 2017, National Physicians Week focused on the shortage of physicians in the United States against a growing landscape of minorities joining the ranks of doctors across the country at a time when it needs it most. In 2018, we streamed our very first Virtual Conference with physicians across the country. The attending PWT members exchanged ideas that will strengthen our organizational effort to improve the state of our healthcare system. During National Physicians Week 2019, PWT will create more awareness around the growing rate of physician's suicide and the cycle of antecedents within the profession that are causing the epidemic.
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TOGETHER WE ARE BEST, EVERY MEMBER LEADS.
When compared with the general population, physicians are nearly twice as likely to commit suicide. Although it is impossible to estimate with accuracy because of inaccurate cause of death reporting and coding, the number most often used is approximately 400 physicians/year, or perhaps a doctor a day. medscape.com
Physicians are highly underrepresented in the war on healthcare. Nevertheless, from training to practice we adhere to our responsibilities as caregivers with a sense of honor. Behind closed curtains, physicians are pounded by the increasing list of guidelines and policies that are limiting the full integrity of the healthcare system.
We do our best to meet the expectations of both the healthcare system and our patients, but the juggle is becoming a stress factor that has caused many doctors to leave healthcare altogether.
In many cases, the ever-changing health care policy demands create longer hours, more paperwork and less time for patient interaction. Patients are not privy to the extent of the doctor's experiences beyond the exam room. It's our job to leave our issues on the other side of the exam room door because patients deserve us at our best.
Physicians are in the middle of a silent war on the front lines of healthcare. We serve in a constant battle for our patients, staff, and we spend much of our time defending the honor of our medical profession and accolades. We are seeing a vast increase in the post-traumatic effects of physician burnout and our list of fallen soldiers in medicine continues to grow.
The healthcare model has migrated into a systematic business structure where physicians have a minuscule amount of input on how they provide care. Physicians are forced to spend less time with patients and more time on paperwork.
PWT Member Testimonials
PWT is powerful a forum for physicians from all specialties across the United States to come together and voice their concerns and raise awareness. This is why I joined. We cannot do it alone and our voices need to be heard.
— Dr. Jason Hoover, Radiologist
Phenix City, Alabama
“Physicians Working Together” is poised and ready to tackle the pressing adversities in our community of healthcare healers/leaders. By standing in unity with our fellow physicians, we will be mentally and physically prepared to serve our beloved patients and communities.
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