President’s Perspective – November/December 2021

Pino D. Colone, MD

MSMS President


The subject of physician burnout is nothing new to the readers of this magazine. Much ink has been spilled over the topic and its adjacent themes in this publication in recent years, and for good reason. Nearly 50 percent of physicians suffer from burnout. Nearly 30 percent of those suffering want to quit the practice of medicine all together. Most troubling of all, suicide rates among physicians are twice that of the general population. Clearly, few problems in medicine are more universal or pressing. Statistics like those demand more than just our attention—they demand solutions.

Thankfully, that’s exactly what we have to offer in this November/December 2021 edition of Michigan Medicine®.

In this edition, we introduce you to SafeHaven™—the Michigan State Medical Society’s new, comprehensive, and confidential health care provider well-being program offering clinicians a host of resources designed to aid in addressing career fatigue and behavioral health concerns. And with a pandemic still raging, a physician shortage looming, and the stressors and burdens on providers only growing, it’s an offering that couldn’t have come at a better time.

You’ll hear about to tools and resources SafeHaven™ provide to its clients, what makes the SafeHaven™ approach to physician wellness unique, and most importantly, what makes it successful.


Pino D. Colone, MD, MSMS President