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Get Confidential, One-on-One Peer Support

We as physicians all recognize the external and internal challenges that can interfere with our capacity to provide the best care for our patients and also care of our own wellbeing. Connecting to the intrinsic meaning and purpose of our work as physicians can be very difficult when we are under stress. Sometimes it is helpful to talk to another physician who understands our experiences and their potential negative effects on our work and home lives. Our colleagues may understand circumstances in a way that even our caring family members and friends may not.

The purpose of the Physician Resource Network (PRN) is to provide Stanford physicians and trainees with timely confidential, independent, legally-protected collegial support and resources to help deal with clinical, professional and/or personal challenges.

We connect Stanford Medicine physicians one-on-one with trained colleagues who can informally listen, provide perspective and resources, as well as identify options for getting help. We serve Stanford Medicine physicians who are faculty, residents and fellows, PCHA physicians and UMP physicians.

Physicians seek out PRN Support for a variety of reasons and this program exists to help our colleagues begin to navigate potential challenges of their lives, including:

  • Stress over difficult clinical events 
  • Concerns over risk management issues and potential litigation
  • Workplace conflicts
  • Work-home-life issues
  • Caregiving (children and elderly)
  • Burnout
  • Patient issues
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Moral distress and vicarious trauma
  • Microaggressions and mistreatment from others
  • Personal or family concerns
  • Impact of the pandemic
  • Challenges with self-compassion
  • Career difficulties
  • Imposter phenomenon  

PRN peer supporters are Stanford Medicine physicians from a variety of specialties and practice settings who have volunteered to be trained as peer supporters. Although the program is endorsed by medical and administrative leaders, PRN Support is independent from the hospitals, medical school, PCHA and UHA.

The Process

  • Email prnsupport@stanford.edu. (Emails to this address are seen only by the PRN Support Program Director.) 
  • You will be paired with someone whose career background is like yours. 
  • A peer supporter will contact you to meet in-person or by phone.

Peer Supporters

It is best that you email prnsupport@stanford.edu rather than reaching out to peer supporters directly to ensure a timely response, as some peer supporters may be temporarily unavailable.

Anita Honkanen, MD

Anesthesiology

Al'ai Alvarez, MD

Emergency Medicine

Beverly Joyce, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology PCHA peer supporter 

Amina Ahmed, MD

Pediatrics                            PCHA peer supporter

Hannah Boal, MD

Pediatrics                            PCHA peer supporter

Jasmin Makar, MD

Pediatrics                            PCHA peer supporter

Amy Oro, MD

Pediatrics                            PCHA peer supporter

Kali Zivitz, MD

Pediatrics                            PCHA peer supporter

Lars Osterberg, MD

Medicine   

Eva Weinlander, MD

Medicine   

Dr. Christy Sandborg is the PRN Support Program Director and will help shepherd your requests and questions.  Please contact her through the PRN Support email prnsupport@stanford.edu

FAQs

Thank you for caring about your colleague!  Please tell them that you are concerned and let them know about the PRN Support program.  We believe it is best if people self-refer.

Contacts

To Access the Program

Email: prnsupport@stanford.edu
You will hear back within 24 hours.


Program Director

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Christy Sandborg.

Business Card

Keep or take a phone picture for reference or referral to a colleague. Business cards can be delivered via ID mail on request to prnsupport@stanford.edu.

Flyer

Post in work areas; printed flyers can be delivered via ID mail on request to prnsupport@stanford.edu.