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Physician Wellness Resources

Physician wellness, physician well-being, professional fulfillment, resilience, and burnout are all terms used frequently these days. SFMMS has recently re-established a Physician Wellness Committee to identify and evaluate the many resources currently available, identify unmet needs in the local physician community, and recommend strategies for SFMMS to address those needs and support our local physicians. As part of our Physician Wellness leaders work, they have created a list of resources and events for the SFMMS membership. Please see the resource list and events below!

Here are some of the resources available:

  • Physician Support Line: 1-888-409-0141 - a free confidential support line by volunteer Psychiatrists for US Physician colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Available 7 days a week, 5am - 9pm PST.  
  • SFMMS Physician Wellness Committee -  With the goal of nourishing and sustaining our physician members, during the fall of 2020, SFMMS gathered a physician workgroup to focus on the re-launch of our Physician Wellness Committee in 2021. This physician driven committee provides a variety of offerings focused on nourishing our members through social, educational, and professional development events. This group is also curating a list of local resources for our SFMMS members, this resource document, updated quarterly, can be found HERE. For more information, contact SFMMS Director of Engagement, Molly Baldridge at
  • American Medical Association Physician Health - the AMA offers articles and practical resources for address physician health and reducing burnout, including a 'burnout management tip of the week' you can subscribe to and receive in your email box each week.
  • MIEC Wellness - offering a toolbox of resources for physicians and their practice, whether it’s to improve the administrative efficiency of their office or access the appropriate wellness tools for themselves and other staff. The site also includes access to the Mayo Clinic's Well-Being Index and a confidential wellness tracking tool.

This list of resources will be updated regularly so check back often!

Upcoming Events

May 13, 6:30-8pm - Spicebox Kitchen with Dr. Linda Shiue

June 10th, 6:30-7:30pm - Salmon with Raspberry Buerre Blanc and Veggies with Dr. Anne Cummings & Chef Mark Novak

May 25, 6:30-8pm, reading “God’s Hotel” by Dr. Victoria Sweet. UPDATE: Dr. Victoria Sweet will be joining us for the evening! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from and ask questions of the author. Contact Molly Baldridge at for more information or to recieve the invitation to the SFMMS Book Club!

Tuesday, August 10th 6:30 - 8pm: Join us for our third meeting of the SFMMS Book Club, reading "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy.

Women in Medicine Saturday, July 10th 9am - 10amJoin us for our second SFMMS Women in Medicine on July 10th for an all-level virtual mindful yoga class. This class is specifically designed to nourish, heal, and grow in your community!

Previous Events

Women in Medicine (April 29th, 6:30-7:30pm): A guiding discussion from the book “Good Morning I Love You” by Dr. Shauna Shapiro. To view a recording of this event, click HERE (part 1) and HERE (part 2). 

Healthy and Delicious Cooking for Families with Dr. Emma Steinberg (May 6, 6-7:30pm): To view a recording of this event, click HERE. To read the recipe shared during the cooking demonstration, click HERE

Cookbook for this Session: Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes. Food justice activist and author Bryant Terry breaks down the fundamentals of plant-based cooking in Vegetable Kingdom, showing you how to make delicious meals from popular vegetables, grains, and legumes. The book is organized by ingredient, making it easy to create simple dishes or showstopping meals based on what’s fresh at the market. Bryant also covers the basics of vegan cooking, explaining the fundamentals of assembling flavorful salads, cooking filling soups and stews, and making tasty grains and legumes. With beautiful imagery and classic design, Vegetable Kingdom is an invaluable tool for plant-based cooking today.

Soup: the Unrecipe with Dr. Anne Kennard (April 13, 6:30-8pm): To view a recording of this event, click HERE. To read the recipe shared during the cooking demonstration portion of this session click HERE

Cookbook for this Session: Nourish: An Integrative Medicine Cookbook. Nourish is a new generation of cookbook, combining recipes for Food as Medicine, Herbal Medicine, and Mind-Body techniques to promote health in the body, mind, and spirit. Offering a wide range of Integrative Medicine topics including information on nutrition, cancer prevention, medicinal mushrooms, gut healing, and more, Nourish combines the latest scientific research with ancient wisdom for modern healing!Readers will learn how to reduce inflammation, tools for boosting the immune system, healing chronic disease, reducing environmental toxins, and promoting healthy relaxation and sleep.

The Mediterranean Diet with Dr. Nisha Patel (March 18, 6:30-8pm): To view a recording of this event, click HERE. To read the recipe shared during the cooking demonstration portion of this session, click HERE.

Cookbook for this Session: The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen. You will delight in this comprehensive cookbook for your journey in Mediterranean Cuisine that we chose as accompaniment to Dr. Nisha Patel's episode. Not only are there 500 user-friendly recipes embracing the Mediterranean cuisine concepts and applications in this cookbook, there are wonderful inserts with each recipe that describe the nutritional benefits of the ingredients. The book also contains several pages of nutritional contents for each recipe. Indulge yourself with this fun cookbook!

A Primer for Our Culinary Medicine Series with Dr. Marjorie Smith (March 9, 6:30-7:30pm): To view a recording of this event, click HERETo read the recipe shared during the cooking demonstration portion of this session, click HERE.

Cookbook for this Session: "Chef MD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine" by John LaPuma, MD. Dr. Marjorie Smith chose this cookbook for you to begin your journey in Culinary Medicine as an accompaniment to her episode “A Primer for our Culinary Medicine for Physicians Series”. Co-author Dr. John La Puma, a general internist and highly acclaimed chef, including he is a past recipient of the James Beard Award, is a pioneer in the establishment of culinary medicine as a specialty. He also was the first to teach culinary medicine at a medical school, and he holds culinary medicine conferences regularly. You can learn more about Dr. La Puma’s work by visiting his website,

To see a list of SFMMS and CMA general offerings or to view recordings of past events, visit our Events page.