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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 Chair Elect



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.

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:


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


Articles and Books

Links for books go directly to a description and purchase page on amazon.com. Article links go to the journal page where they originally appeared.

Fear of stigma or sanction keeps many doctors from revealing mental health issues, study finds by Katherine Gold (Sept. 2016)

Educating for Resilience and Humanism in an Uncertain Time by Darrel G. Kirch (Sept. 2016)

Creating a Safety Net: Preventing Physician Suicide by Christine Moutier (Sept. 2016)


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. 

Resilience 
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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