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Well-being in Academic Medicine
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.
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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:
Creating a Culture of Wellbeing and Resilience highlights key statistics, quotes, trends and concepts related to wellness in academic medicine
Slides from presentations by Marsha Rappley, MD; Christine Moutier, MD; Colin P. West, MD, PhD; Anthony Suchman, MD; Aviad “Adi” Haramati, PhD; and Darrell G. Kirch, MD
- TED Talk video: “The Danger of Silence” by Clint Smith
- Video interviews from Christine Moutier, MD, Colin West, MD, PhD, and Aviad "Adi" Haramati, PhD
Conferences, Programs, and Courses
Learning Resources for Leading: Top Skills, Attributes, and Behaviors Critical for Success
This collection of resources is intended to help department chairs develop skills in setting expectations, working effectively with colleagues, developing leadership skills, and dealing with challenging responsibilities.
Stanford House Staff Wellness Survey, Courtesy of Stanford Medicine and WellMD
This evaluation was designed by Stanford School of Medicine to "understand the state of the medical staff and their most pressing concerns, as well as to provide a vehicle for assessing pilot studies and creating evidence-based interventions."
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Related Learn Serve Lead Sessions
Learn Serve Lead 2016: The AAMC Annual Meeting will include several sessions related to the topic of well-being in academic medicine:
- Mental Illness, Physician and Student Well-Being, and Support for Our Own
- When Breath Becomes Air
- Merging a Love for Medicine with a Love for Writing
- Emerging Solutions: Engaging Physician Faculty in Professional Burnout Prevention
- Emerging Solutions: Sources of Pain, Meaning and Joy Across the Medical Education Continuum
- Exploring Resilience: What We Know and What We Can Do
- Exploring Resilience: An Evidence-Based Institutional Response
- Exploring Resilience: Am I the Problem? Self-assessment to Promote Resilience and Break the Cycle
- Exploring Resilience: Valuing Well-being with Lessons from Other Industries
- Transforming Yourself to Build Resilience and Tackle Leadership Challenges
View more information about Learn Serve Lead 2016: The AMMC Annual Meeting
Being a Resilient Leader
Being a Resilient Leader is a two-day, interactive and unique workshop that will cover what it means to be a resilient leader and how to exercise leadership to achieve desired results, sustained impact, and long-term professional engagement and personal satisfaction. You will walk away with a new framework and practical tools for navigating your most difficult leadership challenges, along with increased self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and commitment.
Faculty Training in Mind-Body Medicine
Faculty Training in Mind-Body Medicine is an experiential program provides faculty at health professional schools with the training, tools, and strategic thinking necessary to implement mind-body medicine skills groups in their institutions.
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)
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, 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.
The AAMC provides executives, faculty, and administrators at member institutions with the skills required to lead and transform today’s dynamic academic medical centers.