- A regularly scheduled phone call or video chat between you and a practitioner who has expressed need. Flexibility and confidentiality would be required.
- A Peer Support would need to maintain a willingness to just listen and not judge what they hear.
- A Peer Support should offer practical or personal advice when appropriate, based on your experience as a health professional.
- These informal conversations should be a safe, positive space held for practitioners who may want to share what’s been happening since the outbreak began and may be looking for guidance or experience when practicing during these unique situations.
- A clinical counseling service
- A ‘helpline’
- An opportunity to provide legal or detailed practice management advice
- An opportunity to assist in diagnosing or treating patients
Interested in receiving support from a Peer Mentor? The Vermont Medical Society has received a number of messages from retired members who are asking how they can support YOU as the fight against COVID-19 continues to affect Vermont’s health care system. A Peer-to-Peer Support Network has been established and is now available to practitioners who would benefit from discussing experiences, concerns, or hopes in a safe virtual-space with a seasoned VMS member volunteer.Please click on the link below and we will provide you with the contact information and availability for VMS Members who have volunteered. You will have the opportunity to select a volunteer from this list and reach out directly to him or her. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X6G8RZM