Letter from Dr. Williams

Dear Physician Colleagues,

There is a Bhutanese saying that states, “To be truly happy, one must contemplate death five times a day.” Yikes! Dark and dreary? At first, yes, but the real message has to do with balance, setting priorities and appreciating the here and now.

Thanks to an app called WeCroak, I am now reminded of my “impending death” five times a day. The app randomly alerts me throughout the day with a reminder that we croak, followed by a simple quote for reflection. I am certainly not here to promote mindfulness apps, which there are many, but my recent experience has provided me some room for pause. I have found the messages to be quick and the timing uncanny. Morbid? Perhaps–but it almost always brings a smile to my face.

Of course there is some irony that the very device that constantly connects us to work and leads to over-stimulation and stress can possibly be used to provide some relief. However, my device, which is always with me, helps me make time to pause and reflect, which I plan to do a lot more of in 2018.

Along those lines, I wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on the progress we made in 2017 around the Physician Wellness program. Together, we:

  • Launched the Wellness Buddy Program (mentorship program)
  • Launched the Second Victim You Matter Program
  • Secured individual and group psychologist support and created a physician hotline
  • Continued with the annual Steps Challenge
  • Implemented Doctor Wellness Fairs
  • Launched choa.org/physicianwellness
  • Launched Wellness Wednesdays at the Pediatric Center

In 2018, we will continue to build on these programs, which provide an opportunity for anyone to become involved in some way with Physician Wellness here at Children’s. We will continue to promote and grow the You Matter Program and the Wellness Buddy Program, and continue to bring wellness tools and tips to you.

One of the most exciting events in 2018 will be the first Physician Wellness Conference which will take place at Barnsley Gardens Resort on May 12. Led by Tony Cooley, M.D., the conference will include guest lecturers and great conversation. More information coming soon!

The Wellness committee is determined to continue to create offerings that meet the unique needs of each individual. We hope you are able to embrace some of our programs even more in 2018.


Joe Williams, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P.
Chief of Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial 
Physician Wellness Advisory Board Chair

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In 2015, the Physician Wellness Advisory Committee was formed to advise on wellness programming to support the physical, emotional and mental well-being of physicians here at Children’s. The committee is chaired by Joe Williams, M.D., and he is joined by nine other physician colleagues including Anthony Cooley, M.D., Kurt Heiss, M.D., Lucky Jain, M.D., Jim Josie, M.D., Andrew Reisner, M.D., Tim Schrader, M.D., Yasmin Tyler-Hill, M.D. and Mark Wulkan, M.D. Examples of current Physician Wellness programs and resources include:

For more information about Physician Wellness at Children’s, contact Kathleen Smith, senior wellness program coordinator.

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