December 8, 2023

IN THIS ISSUE: Battling Burnout and Seasonal Depression: The Winter Struggles of Doctors | Join the CMA for at Columbus Blue Jackets Game | Episode 14 of the Doctors in the House Podcast | Help PCC with the Operation Clean Cheeks Diaper Drive | Ohio Legislature Updates | Consider Giving to the CMA Foundation | Welcome to our New Members and Best Wishes to the Newly Retired Members

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Battling Burnout and Seasonal Depression: The Winter Struggles of Doctors

The medical profession has long been associated with unwavering dedication, resilience, and an unmatched commitment to saving lives. However, as the healthcare landscape has evolved and faced new challenges, doctors have found themselves dealing with unprecedented levels of burnout and seasonal depression, particularly in the winter months. Read more about how physicians face a unique struggle when it comes to Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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Doc to Doc: The CMA Peer Support program is designed to provide access to an empathetic network of physician peers who have been professionally trained to support colleagues in need. The goal is to ensure Central Ohio physicians feel emotional and psychological support from those who have walked in their shoes. 

Here's how we can help physicians seeking additional support: 

  • Connection with a physician Peer Supporter who has received training from the leading national leading expert – Dr. Jo Shapiro of Harvard;  
  • 100% confidentiality and physician-centric 
  • Quick availability to respond to your request. 

Learn More about the Doc to Doc program by clicking here.

Doctors in the House - Episode 14

Dr. Anita Somani talks with Malcolm Porter about the results of the November election and upcoming legislation you should know about.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Healthcare Appreciation Night - CMA Seating Block - RSVP Before Deadline on 12/15!

Join your local physician colleagues and their families at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, January 2nd at 7 pm for the Columbus Blue Jackets Healthcare Professionals Appreciation Night! The deadline to RSVP is Friday, 12/15 at noon.


The Blue Jackets will take on the Boston Bruins!

The CMA has reserved a seating block that includes:

  • Specially priced tickets of $42/per person in the Upper Side area
  • One Pair of exclusive CBJ compression socks for every two tickets purchased
  • $5 food/beverage voucher for every two tickets purchased
Learn More and RSVP
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Physician CareConnection's Operation Clean Cheeks: Diaper Drive

Join PCC in making a difference in the lives of little ones with Operation Clean Cheeks! They're on a mission to ensure that every baby deserves a clean and healthy start. Help us achieve this goal by contributing to our diaper drive.

Diapers are a basic necessity for babies, yet many families struggle to afford an adequate supply. Operation Clean Cheeks aims to alleviate this burden and provide relief to parents facing financial challenges. By participating in this diaper drive, you're not just giving diapers – you're giving the gift of comfort, hygiene, and peace of mind to both parents and their precious little ones.

Donating is easy! You can support Operation Clean Cheeks by either:

  • Visiting our Amazon Gift List and making a purchase online - click button below
  • Dropping off diapers in person at the CMA offices during our designated drop-off hours.
Donate Today

Sending Our Best Wishes to These Newly Retired PhysiciansOhio Legislature Wrapping Up for 2023

The Ohio House and Senate are having intermittent session and committee meeting sessions this month. The current legislative session will continue through the 2024 calendar year.

 A few updates

  • Issues 1 and 2 that passed in November became effective this week on December 7
  • Issue 1 on abortion rights was a constitutional amendment. As such, change will occur one of three ways: (1) court cases will be filed against specific provisions in Ohio law (2) the legislature could act to change laws it deems to be now unconstitutional (3) individuals and organizations could alter their actions, in anticipation of defending their actions if challenged by others. The process(s) and outcomes from the passage of Issue 1 are yet to be determined.
  • Issue 2 was not a constitutional amendment, but rather a new law that was passed by voters. As such, the legislature can amend what was passed whenever they see fit. The Ohio Senate has passed a bill this week that alters what was passed by voters in several ways, including immediate recreational sales at medical marijuana dispensaries, lowering THC concentrations, and changes to the taxing/funding provisions. However, the Ohio House did not take up this proposal before adjourning for the week. They may or may not consider a version of this bill next week. Governor DeWine is pressing for legislative action, but the outcome is not clear.
  • SB 60 is getting hearings. This bill is perhaps a well-intentioned attempt to increase the capacity of mental health services in the state by creating a new classification of provider, Certified Mental Health Assistant. (This classification would appear to be the first of its kind in the country.) However, the the language of Senate Bill 60 is extremely broad and vague. There are concerns that the provisions of SB 60 would adequately prepare the CMHA for the scope of practice it would authorize, or ensure protection of the patients CMHAs would be licensed to serve patients and would grant prescriptive authority – including the ability to prescribe controlled substances. Physicians are raising questions and seeking closer legislative attention to this proposal.
  • HB 68 is the bill that deals with gender transition services for adolescents. Physician groups, including the CMA, raised objections to the legislature inserting itself directly into the practice of medicine with absolute provisions around medications and treatments that would apply in all circumstances for all patients and leave no discretion for physicians regardless of their patients' circumstances. 
  • HB 291 is getting hearings and is an effort sponsored by Dr. Beth Liston which would prohibit insurance companies from switching medication formularies in mid-year of a patients insurance contract. Physicians, including the CMA, support this legislation. In addition to fairness and access implications for patients, physicians have encouraged stakeholders to look beyond particular drug cost changes to the total cost of care and implications for patients outcomes when medication switching is forced for non-medical reasons. Hearings on this bill continue.

CMA members who have questions about these issues, or any other issues, should contact Lisa Oyer at the CMA, or the CMA's public policy consultant Malcolm Porter.

Sending Our Best Wishes to These Newly Retired Physicians

Sterling Hedrick, MD | Columbus Arthritis Center

It is with mixed emotions that we share the news of Dr. Sterling Hedrick’s recent retirement from the Columbus Arthritis Center.

Dr. Hedrick began practicing at the Columbus Arthritis Center in 1980 and has been instrumental in the growth of the practice over the years, including serving as a mentor to the Physician Assistants on staff. Serving as the President of the Board of Directors, his leadership allowed Columbus Arthritis Center to become one of the largest Rheumatology private-practices in the Central Ohio area.

His wisdom, leadership, and expertise have been an inspiration to the physicians and staff at the Columbus Arthritis Center. His ability to comfort, diagnose, education, and heal have been nothing short of remarkable. We will cherish his leadership and commitment to the Columbus Arthritis Center for years to come.

Karen King, MD

Northwest OBGYN

Stephen Vijan, MD

Central Ohio Urology 

David Stewart, MD

Central Ohio Urology

James Beattie, MD

Columbus OB/GYN

A big welcome to these new members from Emergency Services Inc.

Chase Foy, MD

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Services, Inc.

Daniel Grace, MD

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Services, Inc.

 Bradley Gehring, MD

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Services, Inc. 

Eric Hand, MD

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Services, Inc.

Benjamin Hedges, DO

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Services, Inc.

Kamilah Walters, MD

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Services, Inc.

And another big welcome to these other new members as well!

Melissa Tornero-Bold, MD


Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Blessing Igboeli, MD


OSU Wexner Medical Center

Jacqueline Amico, MD

Internal Medicine

Amico, Stock & Associate, inc. 

Mianna Armstrong Gilmore, DO

Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Associates in Central Ohio OBGYN

From our Endorsed Service Provider: Sedgwick

Client education program for workers’ compensation

Sedgwick offers a comprehensive, webinar-based education program to current clients, covering a variety of topics within the workers’ compensation industry. These training webinars are free to member clients of Sedgwick.

Sedgwick’s workers’ compensation educational series is designed to familiarize yourself with Ohio’s workers’ compensation system and show you how to maximize your program.

Webinar topics include:

  • Navigating Ohio workers’ compensation
  • Overview of the True-Up process
  • How much is this going to cost me and what can I control?
  • Best practices for an effective WC program
  • Coordinating your approach to claims management

Sedgwick offers these educational programs once or twice monthly. The programs are designated for both private and public employers, private employers only or public employers only. Additionally, all sessions qualify for 1-hour of the 2-hour Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation safety training requirement for group and group retrospective-rated employers (unless otherwise noted).

Sedgwick will be offering OSHA/PERRP Recordkeeping webinars in December 2023 and January 2024. For questions or to register, please email

  • OSHA Recordkeeping (private employers) will be offered:
  • December 12, 2023 – 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • January 16, 2024 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • PERRP Recordkeeping (public employers) will be offered:
  • December 12, 2023 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • January 16, 2024 – 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Sedgwick will be releasing their 2024 education program schedule in January. Look for future communications with the dates, times and topics for the 2024 series.

If you have any questions, contact our Sedgwick program manager, Dave Deyo, at 614-376-5401 or

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