Professional development and peer-support platform addresses staff distress, attrition, liability, and financial strain

BOSTON and SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – October 4, 2021 – UBERDOC and StressPal today announced a strategic partnership to bring StressPal Frontline: Essential Resilience Self-Care and Burnout Prevention, a continuing medical education program and robust peer-support platform, to UBERDOC’s physician members at a discounted rate.

“Physicians and their staff face complex systemwide issues that lead to distress, burnout and shortages, all of which impacts clinician wellbeing and patient safety, in a vicious cycle of stressors and stress-triggered responses. While the system won’t change overnight, the good news is that the science is here for effective, durable skill-building to protect individual resilience,” said Pennie Sempell, CEO and Co-founder of StressPal. “The practical, concise approach taken in StressPal Frontline allows learners to immediately apply leading cognitive and behavioral strategies, personalized at every step. During these uncertain times, we’re thrilled to help mitigate some of healthcare’s challenges by providing a special offer for UBERDOC’s physician members.”

StressPal Frontline’s accredited professional development training provides up to 4.0 CEUs for physicians, psychologists and nurses, plus 4.0 Interprofessional CE credits. The secure web-based platform allows groups of any size to acquire discounted bundles and customize its own peer-to-peer support for clinical and nonclinical staff.

“At UBERDOC, we believe in the importance of rapidly ramping up cultures of wellbeing for our physician members, and we’re thrilled to offer this crucial wellness platform and continuing medical education for physicians, nurses and health workers,” says Craig Zevin, chief operating officer of UBERDOC. “Through our alliance with StressPal, UBERDOC will be able to provide physicians with skills and dedicated peer support, shown to make a difference in work and life satisfaction, fulfillment, and interprofessional collaboration.”

To learn more about this partnership offering, visit StressPal.com or contact UBERDOC for details on the reduced-price offer for UBERDOC members.

About UBERDOC

Established in 2016, UBERDOC is a digital healthcare startup that connects patients and doctors for affordable, transparently priced care. The platform currently offers over 15,000 in-person and telemedicine appointments each week at transparent market prices. UBERDOC’s mobile-enabled tools also provide doctors with the ability to build custom “digital offices” that affordably and effectively serve their patients. The Boston-based, privately held company, founded by Paula Muto, MD, FACS, a vascular and general surgeon, is owned and operated by a majority female team.

About StressPal

A crucial component of building a culture of resilience in healthcare is adopting resilience-promoting digital health tools to support clinical and nonclinical teams impacted by rising stressors, loss and moral injury. In 2015, James Monroe, Ph.D. and Pennie Sempell, J.D. undertook the research and development of robust medical-grade tools strictly grounded in peer-reviewed, controlled research to help healthcare communities build flexibility and resilience.

StessPal’s science-based professional development and peer-support platform helps organizations rapidly and inexpensively scale professional development and interprofessional skill building with leading, easy-to-adopt intervention strategies. For more information visit https://stresspal.com/.

Pennie Sempell, JD and Tom Davis, MD present during the 11th Annual Coalition for Physician Well-Being Conference.

To find out more, visit www.forphysicianwellbeing.org.

StressPal (stresspal.com) is an online continuing medical platform that provides training in resilience self-care for clinicians and other healthcare workers. Now, physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other healthcare team members can get professional credit for using the system.

To read more, visit The Coalition for Physician Well-Being e-newsletter.

Program helps clinician participants build personal resilience and fulfillment; available with CME, CNE, APA and IPCE credits

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – April 20, 2021 – StressPal, a leader in evidence-based resilience training for clinicians, today announced that StressPal Frontline: Essential Resilience Self-Care and Burnout Prevention is a CE Activity, jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and StressPal for physicians, registered nurses, psychologists and healthcare teams.

Hospitals, healthcare systems and related healthcare facilities face systemwide challenges that lead to clinician distress, burnout, turnover and shortages, while struggling to address growing patient safety concerns. Developed by clinicians, StressPal Frontline is private and secure online continuing medical education that provides training in essential resilience self-care for clinicians and other healthcare workers. The program unifies leading intervention strategies in practical, focused learning for immediate application, in a video-rich experience that’s personalized by the learner. Participants will be better able to apply a choice of multiple evidence-based strategies (cognitive, behavioral, and physical) that are personally relevant, even in the heat of the moment, and ultimately enhance interprofessional team work.

“These indispensable healthcare professionals perform near herculean work. Unprecedented changes in the health field over more than a decade threaten the viability of organizations and place crushing burdens on providers. With determined and sustained effort across many fronts, leadership in collaboration with physicians can make meaningful steps towards creating cultures of resilience. A key strategy in this complex puzzle is providing excellent professional development tools,” said Pennie Sempell, CEO and Co-Founder of StressPal. “Fortunately, the science is here for how to mindfully strengthen and rebuild this valuable asset – individual resilience – aligned with what you value. We are thrilled to have StressPal Frontline offered as a CME activity and a missing piece of that puzzle.”

Credits available for the StressPal Frontline CE Activity are:

  • Physicians – maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • Nurses – 4.0 contact hours
  • Psychologists – 4.0 continuing education credits
  • Healthcare Team – 4.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education credits

Grounded in peer-reviewed research, this interactive program harnesses the brain’s complex capacity to change how the brain responds, adapts, learns and recovers from stressors and challenges, in more workable ways aligned with what one values. StressPal Frontline’s core training is grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with an innovative integration of cognitive behavioral models and mindfulness exercises. Compelling storytelling in a video-rich environment creates an immersive experience that is concise, engaging and easy to follow.

StressPal Faculty: James Monroe, PhD, Pennie Sempell, JD and Karen Knecht, MSN, RN-BC

To learn more about StressPal Frontline: Essential Resilience Self-Care and Burnout Prevention visit www.stresspal.com/program. Discounted team bundles are available.

About StressPal

Founded in 2015, clinician-led StressPal recognizes that the uniquely complex challenges facing healthcare communities, and all its stakeholders, requires collaboration across multiple sectors, and excellence in innovation of specialized, adjunctive “tools” for the organization’s toolkit as they tackle resolution and build cultures of resilience and well-being for clinicians, healthcare professionals and patients. StressPal innovates low cost, efficient, and medical-grade digital behavioral medicine tools with engagement and interactivity at its core. For more information visit https://stresspal.com/.

Pennie Sempell, co-founder and CEO of StressPal joins Dr. Kevin Pho, host of the KevinMD.com Podcast for an interview focused on how to protect your resilience.

To read the full article, visit KevinMD.com.

Pennie Sempell has spent much of her adult life answering this question: How do I boost my resilience? In this interview with John Jurica, host of the Physician NonClinical Careers podcast, she explains what she and her colleagues have developed to address that very challenge.

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Host Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick talks to the CEO of StressPal, Pennie Sempell. She has a tremendous background in using technology to address the mental health needs of healthcare providers to improve performance and reduce burnout. Their discussion focuses on resilience training for clinical and administrative staffs at hospitals and health systems.

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Our final group of thought leaders bring us insights on 2021 as we will continue to struggle to control and eradicate COVID-19. The continued strain on healthcare communities, medical professionals, healthcare staffing, and resource allocation that the pandemic has brought about may not go away for most of next year.

To read the full article, visit HealthITAnswers.

A rustling of leaves was heard in the deep underbrush. The hunter froze in place, his fingers stiffening around his bow, poised for attack or flight. He bolted, leaping across the rocks as the cougar emerged, just missing its prey. Not stopping until he reached his destination, the hunter collapsed by the fire and fell asleep. This analogy showcases the survival response and a natural, rapid recovery.

To read the full article, visit KevinMD.com.

The Physicians Foundation’s 2020 Survey of America’s Physicians: COVID-19’s Impact on Physician Wellbeing finds that nearly 1 in 4 physicians (22%) know a physician who committed suicide and the majority (58%) express feelings of burnout. The full report is available to download.