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McLean named director of the Office of Physician and Faculty Wellness

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Dr. Ron McLean has been named director of Penn State College of Medicine’s new Office of Physician and Faculty Wellness. He began work on Nov. 12.

The Office of Physician and Faculty Wellness offers direct clinical care to all faculty and residents, referring cases to local providers as necessary, promoting personal health, connectivity and peer support, emphasizing work-life integration and much more.

“Dr. McLean comes to us as the pressures facing physicians and faculty nationwide appear to be peaking,” said Dan Shapiro, vice dean for faculty and administrative affairs. “With burnout rates climbing and high rates of depression and substance use, we are eager to provide a psychological safety net and a workplace that values and emphasizes wellness.”

Throughout his career, McLean has created and worked in wellness offices and is also a seasoned clinician and therapist. Since 1997, he has served as an employee assistance consultant, providing Employee Assistance Program and mental health services for a variety of workplaces, such as Johnson & Johnson world headquarters and Cigna Behavioral Health. He also worked as director of counseling services for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and taught at Kean and Hofstra universities.

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