Connection & Social Isolation

When we feel connected, our stress levels are lower, our health is better, and we’re more engaged in our work. We’re better able to serve our passion for helping people and are less likely to feel burned out. Supportive relationships matter. The resources below outline how the role of social connectedness plays in combating burnout among medical professionals.

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Stanford Wellness Fireside Chats

Focusing on what’s good in the world.  Watch a series of candid, 30-minute fireside chats focused on health, well-being, connection and self-care. See how Stanford experts are adjusting to life at home during this challenging time.

Resilience in Stressful Times and Connecting During Times of Trauma

This webinar covers strategies to support physician resilience while social distancing and caring for patients with COVID-19.

Physician Support Line Available to Help

The Physician Support Line (PSL), which was created in March 2020 to provide free, confidential peer-to-peer support for MD’s/DO’s navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, has now expanded to include support on any subject relevant to the many professional and personal intersections of the medical profession.

The line, 1-888-409-0141, is available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. It is staffed by over 700 volunteer psychiatrists from across the country and has recently been added to the American Psychiatric Associations’ COVID-19 recommended mental health resources.

What the support line offers:

  • Free physician to physician support (including medical students, residents and fellows).
  • Anonymity. They do not report to any institution or entity and do not ask you to disclose identifying information.
  • Training in various therapeutic modalities in navigating immediate stressors.
  • Additional mental health resources outside of PSL

Curi resource:

How to Increase Your Sense of Connection during COVID-19 (Part 4 of the Physician Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis article series)

News & Knowledge
All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.