Program for Distressed Physicians

Currently, all courses including follow ups will be held in person. It will be held in a room with proper social distancing and meals will be ordered individually.

2023 Course Dates Please email Casey Wetherington at if you are interested in a course.

2022 Course Dates

Please click on the date below that you would like to attend, follow the link to register for the distressed physicians course. The cost of the course will be $6,000 due to rising cost of hosting events, and we would like to keep the course held to the same standard as you would’ve gotten in previous courses.

September 21, 22, 23, 2022 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Follow Up Dates: 10/21/22, 12/16/22, 3/24/23

October 26, 27, 28, 2022 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Follow Up Dates: 12/2/22, 1/27/23, 4/28/23

December 7, 8, 9, 2022 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Follow Up Dates: 1/6/23, 3/10/23, 6/2/23

If you have any questions, please contact Casey Wetherington at (352) 265-5300 or at

Course Description

The Program for Distressed Physicians is a three-day CME course (with three additional 1-day follow-up sessions) developed to address the specific needs of physicians whose workplace behavior has become problematic. This course combines didactic presentations, role-play with focused feedback, group feedback from peers and colleagues, plus review of workplace/family complaints. Participants will receive training in alternative behaviors and explore cognitive distortions that relate to their problems. The course will focus on the problems identified by specific complaints. The solutions are reinforced by role-play, feedback, testing, and group accountability.

This three day course includes components examining:

  • Teach new skills in the recognition and expression of emotions that lead to disruptive behavior.
  • Provide a syllabus of selected readings and resources for the distressed physician.
  • Teach the range of disruptive behavior.
  • Provide strategies for the prevention of inappropriate behavior.
  • Provide follow-up and support in maintaining behavior changes.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the course based on feedback from the workplace monitoring system.

Program Agenda

Target Audience


Speaker Disclosure

Dr. Martha Brown, Dr. Elizabeth Jenkins & Dr. Karen Nicholson declare that they do not have any financial disclosures. No one else in a position to control the content of this activity has any financial relationships to disclose.


Upon the completion of this program, the participant should be able to:

  • Know and understand the issues around disruptive behavior and promote prevention treatment of physicians.
  • Discuss healthy boundaries and appropriate expression of emotions among staff colleagues and patients.
  • Identify the risk factors and development of the distressed physician.
  • Understand the socialization of physicians and medical school and residency that contribute to maladaptive behavior patterns.
  • Identify family or origin issues that may contribute to behavior problems.
  • Identify personal risk factors by completing assessment instruments.
  • Identify relapse prevention strategies.
  • Discuss disruptive behavior from the viewpoint of staff, patients, colleagues, and administrators.


The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 48.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Refund Policy

The cost of this course is $6,000.00 and includes the initial three days, the three one day follow up sessions, all course materials and breakfast and lunch each day.  Travel and accommodations are not included.

If you must cancel your registration, the UF CME office will refund your registration fee, less $500.00, provided you notify us 30 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds will be made after that time. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for justifiable emergencies. Registration may be transferred to another course date provided the request is made more than 30 days prior to the start of the course you are registered for. In the event of cancellation or rescheduling of this CME activity due to unforeseen circumstances, registration fees will be refunded in full. UF is not responsible for non-transferable, non-refundable airline tickets, or hotel accommodations purchased in connection with attendance at this CME activity .

We gratefully acknowledge the Center for Professional Health At Vanderbilt University Medical Center for graciously sharing their course materials with us.