This fall, the Southwest Florida Physicians Association (SWFPA) contributed $20,000 to support the Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) Physician Wellness Program, the 4th year SWFPA has supported this initiative. These contributions help the Program sustain the health and well-being of community physicians, which in turn helps them care for their patients and can increase the number of physicians practicing in Southwest Florida.

The Physician Wellness Program features confidential, convenient, cost-free access to professional psychological services for all Medical Society physician members. Since the Program’s inception in February 2017 through September 2021, CCMS has provided over 450 psychological sessions to physicians. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CCMS has also extended these services to physicians in the county who are not currently members. Physicians who would like to participate can visit to learn more.

“The CCMS Physician Wellness Program is critical in addressing the growing concern of physician burnout, particularly during the pandemic,” said Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio, board president of the Medical Society. “Supporters like SWFPA are integral in helping us maintain this service for our community, for which we are very grateful.”