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SDSMA Announces Launch of Physician Well-Being Program

A confidential program for all South Dakota licensed physicians and residents

Burnout among physicians is as high as 62 percent in some specialties and is a major issue that has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Early intervention and evaluation offer the best opportunity for a successful outcome and for preventing the health condition from needlessly interfering with medical practice.

South Dakota physicians in need of support for their health and well-being now have a confidential and professional resource. The South Dakota Physician Well-Being Program is a responsive, high-quality program for physicians and residents in need of support.

The program offers confidential, peer and crisis support as well as assessment to identify appropriate individualized services and resources.

The South Dakota Physician Well-Being Program is provided by an external vendor, Midwest Health Management Services, which has extensive expertise in education, outreach, and support of physicians who have overcome mental health and substance abuse concerns. We are located at 4109 S Carnegie Circle, Sioux Falls, SD. Our building is north of the Sanford Wellness Center on Oxbow and west of the Caille Siouxland Library. The South Dakota Physician Well-Being Program is confidential and independent of the licensing board, state government and employers.

Well-being resources include the following:

  • Career fatigue

  • Grief and loss

  • Financial stressors

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Depression

  • Substance abuse

  • Behavioral concerns

  • Work/family balance

  • Personal and family stressors


The SDSMA together with Avera Health, Monument Health and Sanford Health have developed this program to provide support for physicians who too often have been told to rely on reducing stress. The program is committed to supporting the well-being and health of physicians, enabling them to continue to provide high-quality patient care.

  • Confidential

  • No insurance billing

  • No medical record

The SDSMA and its Committee on Physician Wellness have spent the last two years tackling the goal of improving physician wellness and reducing burnout in recognition that physician well-being is essential for high-quality patient care. Healthier physicians means healthier patients, and physicians leading more satisfying lives.

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