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Why Try This?

Physicians can greatly improve their frame of mind by teaming up with one of our psychologists. Are stressed physicians sick? No. They are experiencing a normal reaction to a difficult situation.

It can be difficult to talk to colleagues.  Too risky to talk to employers. Complicated to talk to a spouse or partner. Start fresh with a conversation that is:

Our psychologists understand physician issues.
KavuMD   is independent of all healthcare employers. There is no waiting room in which to be recognized. Only the treating psychologist knows your name.
Schedule video-call appointments at a time and place that’s convenient.
We pay for two initial sessions for members of a subscribing organization.

Make An Appointment

If you are a member of Physicians Insurance, your first two sessions are complimentary.

1. Choose a provider and book an appointment.

Our state-licensed psychologists can meet with you via video conference, or in person.  Your choice!

2. Make the commitment to follow through. 

If the psychologist you chose isn't a fit, try another; our provider network is always growing.



An athlete turns to a coach. A patient turns to you.  If you're a doctor who wants to make some changes, turn to our psychologists. There is no substitute for going one-on-one with an expert that understands you. But if you are more in the DIY camp, or want some supplementary information, here are some great resources:

Want improved peace of mind?
Palouse offers an excellent, free online mindfulness course. If you're like most physicians you probably question whether mindfulness training works.  Talk to some colleagues that have been through the training - most likely you will be pleasantly surprised.
If you're in Boise, you're lucky!
The Ada Medical Society's Physician Vitality program provides free tele-counseling to its members as well as initiatives to improve the healthcare workplace.  
Want to make organizational change?
Stanford's WellMD Center has brought together the leading experts on improving physician fulfillment and offers in-depth resources to make organizational changes.

Stop blaming the physician!

Take a Mindfulness Class.
Join an ONLINE class teaching the fundamentals of mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction! Four Wednesday evenings from 10/16 - 11/06, 6 - 8:30 pm PST with 1 all-day online retreat on 11/2 from 10am - 4pm PST. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Join Us


If you work with physicians and are passionate about helping them, then join us. If you don't have experience with teletherapy, we will help you get started.

Subscribing Organizations

If you are a medical society, association, clinic, practice, hospital, health system, or any organization that would like to offer our services to your members, contact us for details.


We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.  Your donation will directly help not only the physicians, but also the health of their respective communities. Donation information is here: Donate.

About Us

The KavuMD   Project is an initiative of the Physicians' Wellness Alliance (PWA).  The PWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the well-being and professional fulfillment of physicians and allied health professionals.  Reducing burnout among physicians not only improves their lives but also that of their staff and the health of their community.  Are our services a cure for physicians' burnout?  No, they are not.  That will come with organizational change, and the PWA works on that as well.  The KavuMD   Project is a safety net to be available as we work on causes of burnout. To learn more about the PWA visit: http://www.physicianswellnessalliance.org
Why did we name this project KavuMD  ?  KAVU is a term used in aviation meaning "clear above visibility unlimited.”  Physicians, like pilots, have ultimate control over where they are going.  Sometimes they just can't see ahead. We are here to help them get to clear skies.
Before we started the KavuMD  Project, we spoke with programs across the country and in Canada.  There are too many people to thank for openly sharing their programs, but two in particular were inspirational to our work. A special thank you Candice Barr who created the  “Barr Model,” implemented by the Lane County Medical Society in Eugene, Oregon and other medical societies; and Carol Wang of the Metro Omaha Medical Society.