PBCMS Physician Well Being Summit 

PBCMS physicians and health care professionals joined together on October 19, at the Atlantis Country Club for educational sessions and discussions focused on building resilience and promoting physician wellness.  

Special recognition to all who worked to make this program a success

Our Program Committee led by Shawn Baca, MD 

  • Geni Abraham, MD
  • Stephan Pasternack, MD
  • Henry Pevsner, MD
  • Scott Rice, MD
  • Bruce Saltz, MD
  • Abbey Strauss, MD
  • Michelle Lizotte Waniewski, Ph.D.

Our Speakers, Moderators & Panelists


  • Rebekah Bernard, MD
  • Mariel Kagan from the Doctors Company
  • Bruce Saltz, MD
  • Kevin Taylor, MD from the AMA Steps Forward  

Michelle Lizotte-Waniewski, PhD and Sarah Steele 


  • Geni Abraham, MD, FACP
  • Stuart Bagatell, MD
  • Gary Birken, MD
  • Daniel Goldman, MD
  • Jay Goldman, DMD, LCSW
  • Berry Pierre, DO
  • Delight Thompson, PsyD.
  • Patricia Shutt, Psy.D. 

Our Sponsors

  • Geni Abraham, MD , FACP
  • Shawn Baca, MD
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • HealthFirst
  • Palm Health Foundation
  • Patricia Shutt, Psy.D
  • The Doctors Company 

A special recognition to Dr. Stefan Pasternack and The Ernst & Gertrude Tichio Charitable Foundation for their continued support of the PBCMS Physician Wellness Program.

Prevention of Medical Errors course (Florida version) on The Doctors Company’s On-Demand CME Catalog.  With the link that follows members who may not have been able to participate in the educational program on Saturday, October 19th, will be able to participate on-line and achieve the two hour CME Credits.  Additionally, the CME Credits will be reported to CE Broker on their behalf. 

The link to the On-Demand Catalog is as follows: https://thedoctors.rievent.com/a/29534PASj4rd


Wellness Introduction Shawn Baca, MD
The Prevention and Treatment of Physician Burnout  Rebekah Bernard, MD
Promoting Physician Wellness through Health System Change Kevin Taylor, MD, MS, FACP
Resilience, Burnout, Depression Bruce Saltz, MD
Event Photos


Promoting Physician Wellness

The practice of medicine is a highly stressful profession. Physicians carry a high degree of emotional tension, and they tend to seek help to lesser degree and at a much later stage than other professionals. Thus, Physician Burnout is of great concern to the medical community. Physician Burnout manifests itself with early retirement, disengagement, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. The PWP program will offer any PBCMS member 6 complimentary, confidential counseling sessions during a calendar year. The PWP is a self-referred program designed for physicians to be proactive to address and prevent burnout.


Physicians are often concerned about confidentiality and privacy. PWP Psychologists are experienced in counseling physicians. These licensed professional mental health counselors have been vetted by PBCMS physicians. They are generally available quickly but a 24/7 support line is always available. With flexible hours and locations you will have convenient access to services. No information will be disclosed to others without your written consent. No insurance will be billed and PBCMS will not be given any information about those who utilize the program. PBCMS will pay a monthly bill based upon the number of sessions provided.



PWP psychologists and licensed mental health counselors have a great deal of experience in counseling physicians. They have been thoroughly vetted by PBCMS physicians. They are generally available quickly, and 24/7 support line 800-530-9757 is available. With flexible hours and locations, physicians have convenient access to services. 

Click here to see the participating therapists

Active Members 

How to Schedule an Appointment

A confidential call line assists physicians in scheduling your appointment. The program will maintain a current membership roster to determine eligibility. Call the support line at 1- 800-530-9757.


How You Can Help

PBCMS has joined a growing number of medical societies nationwide who are working together to develop best practices to address physician wellness. PBCMS is accepting contributions to operate and endow this program to serve our physicians in perpetuity. Your contribution to PBCMS Services James Byrnes, MD Education and Physician Wellness Fund are a 501c.3 tax deductible contribution. More significantly, physicians are investing in the health of their esteemed colleagues. Contributions can be made online at www.pbcms.org or mail checks to 3540 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 101 West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

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