The Medical Professionals Empowerment Program (MedPEP)

MedPEP, the Medical Professionals Empowerment Program, is a free podcast series. The series consists of 20 one-hour podcast episodes. Learners may choose to listen to individual podcasts, but will derive the most benefit by listening to all episodes in consecutive order.

Regulations, technology, organizational complexity, and the explosion of medical knowledge have created a perfect storm for most practicing health professionals. Physician burnout rates now exceed 50%. MedPEP’s star, Dr. Marie Curious, is a young, primary care internist who has started to fantasize about leaving the profession that she loves. On her MedPEP journey, Marie joins Dr. Les Schwab and a group of specialized physicians, coaches, and other experts, who offer a broad range of practical techniques to help her survive and thrive in today’s tough medical environment. The territory they cover includes nutrition, exercise, getting along with difficult colleagues, dealing with bureaucracy and bosses, multi-tasking, system improvement, meditation, and addiction. The MedPEP journey helps Marie, and other health professionals facing similar challenges, gain insight into practical methods for empowering themselves as well as their teams, employers, and the broken system.

Episode 1 - MedPEP Season Premiere

Episode 2 - Let's Get Physical

Episode 3 - Self-Care is Not Selfish

Episode 4 - Mindful Medical Practice

Episode 5 - Managing Your Energy

Episode 6 - Holding Your Own in Difficult Conversations

Episode 7 - Stop Running on Empty

Episode 8 - When the Going Gets Tough - Recalibrate

Episode 9 - Medicine is a Team Sport

Episode 10 - Conflict Management

Episode 11 - Peer Support

Episode 12 - Removing Barriers and Frustrations

Episode 13 - Changing the System that Destroys Careers

Episode 14 - Loosening Burnout's Grip with Empathic Care

Episode 15 - Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Episode 16 - What Patients Say, What Doctor Hear

Episode 17 - Looking for Relief in the Wrong Places

Episode 18 - Managing Unrealistic Expectations

Episode 19 - Career Development

Episode 20 - MedPEP Season Finale

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, physicians-in-training, and other health care leaders, professionals and students.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Utilize a variety of tools and techniques that enhance personal well-being and self-care in the course of their practice lives
  • Improve their ability to effectively manage stressful interactions with other team members, patients and administrators
  • Appreciate the role that professional coaches may play in improving the performance and satisfaction of practicing physicians, and gain comfort in getting help when it is needed
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 20.00 Risk Management
  • 20.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Format and Estimated Time to Complete: This activity features 20 hours of content consisting of podcasts, reflective statements and an evaluation.

Exam/Assessment: Complete a reflective statement after each podcast to earn 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM for that podcast.

Disclosure Statement: All individuals in control of the content for an MMS accredited continuing education activity must disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the past 24-months. The following individuals disclosed relevant relationships with ineligible companies.

Elizabeth Frates, MD
Scientific Advisory Board, Jenny Craig
Medical Advisory Board, obVus Solutions
Owner, Wellness Synergy, LLC

Gail Gazelle, MD, MCC
Owner, Gail Gazelle Coaching

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the beginning of this activity in accordance with ACCME and MMS policies. For this activity, all other individuals in control of content did not disclose any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Activity Term:
Original Release Date: January 24, 2019
Review Date (s): January 24, 2021; January 24, 2022
Termination Date: January 23, 2025

Steven Adelman, MD       Jeff Auerbach, PhD           Paul DeChant, MD           Diana Dill, EdD                 Beth Frates, MD


Gail Gazelle, MD              Mark Green, MD              Cathy Lanteri, MD            Jane Liebschutz, MD        Margaret Moore, MBA


Alan Morse, PhD              Danielle Ofri, MD            Eddie Phillips, MD            Helen Riess, MD             Les Schwab, MD


Diane Shannon, MD        Jo Shapiro, MD





Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Physician Health Services, Inc. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 20.00 Category 1 credit for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

MOC Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, this activity has met the requirements as a Lifelong Learning CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

Available Credit

  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 20.00 Risk Management
  • 20.00 Participation
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To participate in this CME activity:

(1) review the learning objectives, disclosure statement, and accreditation statements;

(2) navigate through all course pages and listen to podcasts;

(3) complete exams/assessments and evaluation;

(4) be sure to CLAIM your credit; and

(5) view/print certificate.

If you need to stop in the middle of a course, you may return to the course at any time to finish.

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