In the May 24,2021 edition of the Daily Herald, the article, “Hospital execs describe COVID’s toll on mental health of front-line personnel,” reported that US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hosted a round table discussion with health care professionals to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of front-line medical workers. Dr. Barbara Jericho pointed out to the group one of the major challenges of physicians seeking mental health care is that applications for medical licenses and their renewals come with inquiries into physicians’ mental health, including whether they’ve sought help. COVID has brought this problem to the forefront. Dr. Jericho offered a possible solution with a re-wording of the inquiry for Congressman Krishnamoorthi to consider.
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Barbara Jericho, MD, FASA
Immediate Past Chair, American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Ethics
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
University of Illinois at Chicago