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Well-Being in Academic Medicine

“Our well-being, and the well-being of our teams, ultimately affects the health and well-being of our patients and communities.”

Marsha Rappley, MD
AAMC Immediate Past Chair

Well-being in academic medicine has emerged as a critical issue facing faculty, physicians, researchers, residents, and students. With this in mind, the AAMC dedicated its June 2016 Leadership Forum to a range of topics addressing depression, resilience, burnout, and increased suicide among physicians, residents, and students. The following pages contain resources to help explain and address the challenges.

Please let us know if you have any suggested books, articles, or other resources to share with your colleagues and we will consider including on these pages.

The Latest in Well-Being

Articles and Books

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Protecting interns and other physicians from depression and suicide - STAT News (July 24, 2017)

Lloyd Minor: How Medical Schools Can Better Fight Burnout - the Wall Street Journal

AAMC Statement on Commitment to Clinician Well-Being and Resilience 

How to Build Resilience in Midlife - the New York Times (July 25, 2017)

In a first for U.S. academic medical center, Stanford Medicine hires chief physician wellness officer - Stanford Medicine News Center (June 22, 2017)

Residency Programs Develop Strategies to Respond to High Burnout Rates - AAMCNews (July 3, 2017)

Unhappy Doctors: The Problem of Physician Burnout - The Saturday Evening Post (July/August 2017)

Doctor depression, suicide slowly coming out of shadows by the Chicago Tribune (June 6, 2017)

Health Thyself by University of Toronto Magazine

4 key strategies to mitigate physician burnout - Advisory Board (March 27, 2017)

Creating Learning Environments That Promote Physician Resilience by Darrell G. Kirch (March 2017)

Addressing Physician Burnout: The Way Forward by Tait D. Shanafelt, Lotte N. Dyrbye, and Colin P. West (Feb. 2017)

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Conferences, Programs, and Courses

Learning Resources for Leading: Top Skills, Attributes, and Behaviors Critical for Success

Stanford House Staff Wellness Survey, Courtesy of Stanford Medicine and WellMD

Related Learn Serve Lead Sessions

Being a Resilient Leader

Faculty Training in Mind-Body Medicine

AAMC Leadership Forum

The AAMC's 2016 Leadership Forum, held in Washington, D.C., included about 80 faculty, deans, CEOs, researchers, and others engaged in academic medicine and focused on wellness and resilience. The following are some key resources from the event:

Other Resources

Optimizing the Environment for Learning, Care, and Discovery
The AAMC’s Optimizing GME initiative provides an overview on a comprehensive approach to optimizing GME in a number of strategic areas. Included in that work are perspectives on improving the learning environment.

AAMC Statement on the Learning Environment
Having a respectful, inclusive, and robust learning environment plays a critical role in developing and sustaining a professional, capable, compassionate, and diverse health care workforce that will meet the health care needs of all. 

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, delivered these remarks during Learn Serve Lead: The 2014 AAMC Annual Meeting in Chicago. Also included in the Leadership Plenary session were related remarks by 2014 AAMC Chair A Lorris Betz, MD, PhD.

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Journal of Academic Medicine

Academic Medicine August 2013 cover

Academic Medicine, the official monthly, peer-reviewed journal of the AAMC, serves as an international forum for the exchange of ideas and information on undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.
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Leadership Development

The AAMC provides executives, faculty, and administrators at member institutions with the skills required to lead and transform today’s dynamic academic medical centers.
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