BOSTON – (February 18, 2020) – Physician and nurse leader burnout is a public health crisis that demands action across the entire healthcare ecosystem. Burnout not only affects clinicians, but also the entire health system and the patients who depend on quality medical care. At the first annual Physician Burnout Symposium, we will gather thought leaders and stakeholders for a two-day conference to address the many facets of burnout, such as time constraints, technology and regulations. Attendees will gain actionable solutions to implement in their health systems.

The Patient Experience Symposium is partnering with the Sharp Index, a nonprofit dedicated to improving physician well-being and ending physician suicide, to share different voices about how to address and reduce burnout and restore joy in practicing medicine. In addition to the symposium, the Sharp Index will host an annual awards reception on June 23, 2020 at the same venue.

“When our physicians struggle, we all lose. We can’t have good health without them,” said Janae Sharp, founder of the Sharp Index and a suicide loss survivor. “It’s critical that our leaders come together to identify and implement the solutions to the physician burnout crisis. This conference will help them do exactly that.”

A critical topic covered at the conference is clinician suicide, and we are very happy to have the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) partnering with us for our inaugural event.  The AAS promotes the research of suicide and its prevention, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. 

“It’s critical to take care of those who take care of us,” said Colleen Creighton, CEO of AAS. “The demands and expectations of our physicians, medical students, those in residency and those reaching the end of their careers, have grown exponentially over the last few decades. We know there is a suicide crisis in the medical profession and having the conversations highlighted at this conference is an important way to save more lives.”

The Physician Burnout Symposium will consist of a half-day of pre-conference workshops focusing on technologies and innovations that help reduce burnout, enabling conference delegates to dive deeper before the main conference begins. Some expert speakers include:

  • Paul DeChant, MD, MBA, CEO/Principal of Paul DeChant, LLC
  • Ron Paulus, MD, President and CEO, RAPMD Strategic Advisors
  • Todd Dunn, Director of Innovation: Intermountain Healthcare Transformation Lab at Intermountain Health
  • Dese’Rae L. Stage, Artist, Mom, Suicidologist, Activist
  • Elisa Arespacochaga, VP, Physician Alliance, American Hospital Association
  • Vivek Garg MD, Chief Medical Officer, CareMore Health
  • Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera Communications, Inc.
  • Kevin D. Hopkins, MD, Primary Care Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic
  • J. Bryan Sexton, MD, Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, President, American Association of Suicidology

“We are very excited to be working with The Sharp Index and American Association of Suicidology on this important topic to help reducing clinician burnout while enhancing healthcare organizations’ performance and viability.”, stated Conference Director and President of ICDevents, Bill Doherty.

To see the full agenda and to register, visit

About ICDevents: 

International Conference Development, LLC (ICDevents) produces high-quality conferences and tradeshows in a broad range of industries. Utilizing intensive, detailed market research, ICDevents creates targeted events designed to encourage companies to send their entire teams to problem-solve, network, and brainstorm with other industry leaders, consultants, and suppliers.

About Sharp Index:

The Sharp Index is a nonprofit dedicated to reducing physician suicide through awareness, best practices, and data science. We advocate for the use of human-focused and data-backed solutions to achieve greater physician well-being and stronger patient care. Together we can create a system to heal the healers. We are interested in conversations that bring more attention to solutions that improve physician well being and empower each individual to make a difference. We also look at system change and raise awareness about improving this complex problem. You can learn more about the Sharp Index at

About American Association of Suicidology (AAS):

Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, PhD, AAS promotes the research of suicide and its prevention, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention. You can learn more about AAS at


For more information about The Physician Burnout Symposium, contact Bill Doherty, Conference Director at or visit