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2024 LMS President’s May Video Message: Lexington Medical Society Physician Wellness Program – Safe Harbor to Address Stress and Mental Health

This month we want to focus on the need for physicians to prioritize their own wellbeing and mental health. The Lexington Medical Society Physician Wellness Program (PWP) is a safe harbor for physicians to address stress and mental health issues in a confidential manner.

In this video we will hear from Dr. Steven Smith, psychologist at the Woodland Wellness Group, talk about the importance of prioritizing our health- both physical and mental. Through the LMS PWP, Dr. Smith and his partners at the Woodland Wellness Group have counseled hundreds of LMS physicians- active and retired- as well as residents and medical students. Physicians receive eight free counseling sessions per calendar year. These sessions can be in-person or tele-therapy.

The Physician Wellness Program is completely confidential; no insurance is billed and LMS does not know who receives counseling through the program.

We all know that being a physician is stressful. If you need to talk to someone, we encourage you to reach out to the physician wellness program. Take care of your patients by taking care of yourself.

The LMS Foundation is able to provide support to these non- profit organizations through events like the annual LMS Foundation Golf Tournament, occurring on May 29th at the University Club of Kentucky. You can be a part of this support by registering for the golf tournament below.    

Link to register for the 2024 LMS Foundation Golf Tournament

Don’t play golf or don’t have time to play in the tournament, you can still donate to the LMS Foundation at the link below and help support Lexington-area, medical-related, non-profit organizations. 

Link to donate to the LMS Foundation 



Angela Dearinger, MD
LMS President