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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, researchers, residents, and students. The AAMC has issued a statement on clinician well-being, and dedicated its June 2016 Leadership Forum to a range of topics addressing depression, resilience, burnout, and suicide in academic medicine. Additionally, the AAMC, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM) are working to help students and new doctors develop life-long skills to improve their own well-being. In 2016, those groups formed the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a network of 150 (and growing) organizations dedicated to promoting clinician well-being across all career stages and specialties. The following resources help explain and address the challenges.

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The Latest in Well-Being

Articles and Books

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Care-Centered Clinical Documentation in the Digital Environment: Solutions to Alleviate Burnout - The National Academy of Medicine (January 29, 2018)

To Care Is Human - Collectively Confronting the Clinician-Burnout Crisis - The New England Journal of Medicine (January 25, 2018)

Treating a silent epidemic among health-care workers - The Washington Post (January 23, 2018)

Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction initiative - The American College of Physicians (ACP) (2017)

Restoring Faculty Vitality in Academic Medicine When Burnout Threatens - Academic Medicine (November 21, 2017)

The Patients vs. Paperwork Problem for Doctors - the New York Times (November 14, 2017)

The Hidden Epidemic: The Moral Imperative for Academic Health Centers to Address Health Professionals’ Well-Being - The Blue Ridge Academic Health Group (Winter 2017-2018)

Wellness: What Organizations Are Doing About Burnout Hint It Takes More than Better Time-Management - Neurology Today (November, 2017)

Physician Burnout: The Root of the Problem and the Path to Solutions - NEJM Catalyst (June, 2017)

Organizational Commitment Statements from the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience - National Academy of Medicine (NAM)

More Articles and Books

Conferences, Programs, and Courses

The Inaugural National Summit on Promoting Well-Being and Resilience in Healthcare Providers

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

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

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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