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    Well-Being and Emotional Resiliency in Academic Medicine

    Well-being in academic medicine is a critical issue facing faculty members, clinicians, researchers, residents, and students. The pandemic has only heightened the need to solve problems around well-being in academic medicine, but the AAMC addressed these issues long before. Among other initiatives, the AAMC was an early participant in the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a network of organizations dedicated to promoting clinician well-being across all career stages and specialties.

    The well-being resources on this page have been curated by the AAMC with the help of the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS). Please email Eric Weissman, senior director of CFAS engagement, if you have any books, articles, or other resources to share with your colleagues and we will consider including them on these pages. To engage with the AAMC’s faculty well-being initiatives in more depth, contact Catherine Florio Pipas, MD, chair of the CFAS Faculty Resilience Committee and member of the CFAS Ad Board.

    The Latest in Well-Being

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    Getting Help

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
    • Physician Support Line: 1-888-409-0141
    • Mental Health America: a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all.
    • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Interactive Screening Program: Institutions can implement this online program utilized by mental health services.
    • Preventing Physician Suicide: an online module from the American Medical Association’s (AMA's) Steps Forward initiative (0.5 CME credits).
    • Validated Instruments To Assess Work-Related Dimensions of Well-Being: from the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience.


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    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.
    • Physician and Health Professional Well-Being
      This course from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Ardmore Institute of Health was created to describe and apply approaches that support health professionals in achieving and sustaining a total healthy lifestyle, including eating a whole food, plant-based diet, being physically active, and engaging in mindfulness and positive psychology activities.

    • Faculty Training in Mind-Body Medicine
      Originating at Georgetown University School of Medicine, this experiential program provides faculty at health professional schools with the training, tools, and strategic thinking necessary to implement the course in Mind-Body Medicine Skills at their institutions. During a three-day weekend retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, participants will be introduced to meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breathing techniques, and other mind-body approaches that can alleviate stress and foster self-awareness and self-care.