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Doctors’ health: taking the lifecycle approach

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 26 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7086
  1. Michael Peters, head of Doctors for Doctors Unit1,
  2. Omar Hasan, vice president, improving health outcomes 2,
  3. Derek Puddester, director of physician health3,
  4. Antony Garelick, co-director of Mednet4,
  5. Christopher Holliday, director of population health2,
  6. Thomas Rapanakis, service coordinator1,
  7. Amber L Ryan, research associate2
  1. 1BMA, London WC1H 9JP, UK
  2. 2American Medical Association, Chicago, IL, USA
  3. 3Canadian Medical Association, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  4. 4London Deanery, Tavistock Centre, London, UK
  1. mpeters{at}

Next international conference on physician health to target transitions

The importance of the health of medical workforces is increasingly recognised, and poor health can compromise performance and adversely affect standards of care.1 As demands on doctors continue to increase, so too do their levels of stress related illness.2 3 To provide a forum for discussion of these matters, the BMA, Canadian Medical Association, and American Medical Association co-sponsor biennial international conferences on physician health. The 2014 conference will focus on transitions in the life of the doctor, considering their impact on the doctor’s professional and personal life (box).

Details of next year’s international conference on physician health

The International Conference for Physician Health 2014 will take place on 15-17 September in London. Further information including registration and abstract submission details is available at

Transitions are major stressors in most people’s lives.4 They can occur in many guises and are often accompanied by unease, enhanced vulnerability, and a degree of identity confusion. However, transitions may also be empowering and positive experiences, and a time for growth. Rates of referral to services for doctors are higher at …

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