The National Capital Physicians Foundation is dedicated to advancing the practice of medicine and improving population health in the National Capital Region through education, research and innovation.


Montgomery County Medical Society physician leaders and staff envisioned the opportunity to have a greater impact in the community. They recognized that only through a educational and charitable foundation could they take advantage of the many opportunities for public and private grants to support outreach, educational, research and innovation initiatives. In 2016, this vision became a reality through the formation of the National Capital Physicians Foundation. This foundation was created by physicians for physicians and their patients to support causes which help our community and contribute to healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.


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New Foundation Initiated by Montgomery County Medical Society Offers Counseling to Physicians Suffering From Stress & Burnout


In a 2014 study conducted by Mayo Clinic & the AMA, 54.4% of physician respondents indicated they were exhibiting at least one symptom of burnout. In MCMS’s 2016 Physician Practice Survey, 53.7% of physician respondents indicated they are experiencing moderate to high levels of burnout. 70 physicians indicated they would use an early intervention, confidential, no cost physician counseling service if offered.


This information led Montgomery County Medical Society to initiate the formation of The National Capital Physicians Foundation (NCPF) which is a 501(c)3 educational and charitable tax-exempt foundation. The organization’s first initiative is dedicated to physician health and well-being. Healthy physicians = healthy communities.


As a result, initial efforts of the National Capital Physicians Foundation are focused on development of PRN, the Physicians’ Resources Network, which has initiated a Physician Well-being program, which includes confidential counseling provided by MSWs and PhD psychologists. Modeled after a successful physician counseling program in Eugene, Oregon, this service is now available to all physicians who are practicing in Montgomery County. NCPF President, Robert B. Karp, M.D., said, “We anticipate broadening the availability of counseling services to additional physicians throughout the National Capital area as funding is received.” At present, PRN funds three visits with therapists who have residence-based practices.


Physician stress is increasing. In MCMS’s 2017 survey, the percentage of physician respondents indicating moderate to high levels of burnout went from 53.7% to 62.5%. Louis Ari Kopolow, MD, is the Medical Director of PRN, and indicated, “The Foundation’s program is focused on early intervention long before impairment or suicide, and it has worked cooperatively with The Center for a Healthy Maryland’s Physician Health Program in its development.”


The program could serve as a model for the rest of the state. While education and awareness is important, PRN is a direct way to help physicians learn resilience and personal and professional balance.

To learn more about the program, to access counseling, or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact PRN at 301.921.4300, ext. 300, or go to