#34 – Provider Wellness – Christine Hein, MD

I caught up with Christine Hein, MD recently to talk about healthcare provider wellness.

Dr Hein is an emergency medicine physician and Director of the Provider Well-being and Peer Support program at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

I was also very honored to have a special guest on this episode:  Ms Abby Irish, Dr Hein’s daughter.

Abby is currently in 8th grade and recently completed a surgery summer camp in Boston. She has a strong interest in becoming a physician and sat in to both listen and contribute to our conversation on provider wellness.  I’m so thankful for her participation and unique views of both her mom’s career and medicine at large!

Christine Hein, MD Bio:

Dr Hein completed medical school at Dartmouth in 2001 followed by her residency in emergency medicine at Maine Medical Center where she was Chief Resident in her final year.  She currently serves as the Associate Medical Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of Provider Well-being and Peer Support at Maine Medical Center as well as the Director of Emergency Medicine for MaineHealth.  She is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and is well-respected as a medical educator, receiving in 2009 the American College of Emergency Physicians National Teacher of the Year award.  Her research interests include burnout, resiliency, critical care and women’s issues in medicine.  Outside of work, Dr Hein is married, has five children and is an avid marathoner, completing over 23 marathons including posting highly competitive times in the Boston Marathon.


“Three-hundred to 400 physicians each year in the United States commit suicide… essentially two medical school classes of physicians each year.”  Christine Hein, MD

“I think that it has professionally been probably the most satisfying experience of my career – to be involved in [Provider Wellness].”  Christine Hein, MD

“[Resilience is] the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive forces.”  Christine Hein, MD



AANA Health & Wellness and Peer Assistance Website

Attending:  medicine, mindfulness and humanity Ronald Epstein, MD

TEDTalk:  Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong by Johann Hari

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Raj, K. S. (2016). Well-being in residency: a systematic review. Journal of graduate medical education, 8(5), 674-684.

Swensen, S. J., & Shanafelt, T. (2017). An Organizational Framework to Reduce Professional Burnout and Bring Back Joy in Practice. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 43(6), 308-313.


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