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ACGME Joins National Academy of Medicine’s 'Action Collaborative' to Promote Physician Well-Being

In response to alarmingly high rates of depression and suicide among US health care workers, the ACGME is joining NAM as it launches a new, wide-ranging “action collaborative” of multiple organizations working to promote physician well-being and resilience. The initiative will identify priorities and collective efforts to advance evidence-based solutions to reverse trends in clinician stress and improve patient care and outcomes.

The ACGME has been fully engaged in this issue for the past two-and-a-half years, and we look forward to collaborating with the NAM to bring the issue to the attention of the medical community in earnest. There is a need for those of us involved in the formal educational space to work with stakeholders in the undergraduate and graduate education clinical learning environment to better understand the causes of clinician burnout and depression and advance evidence-based solutions that reverse these troubling trends.
Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP
     Chief Executive Officer, ACGME and ACGME International
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ACGME Symposium on Physician Well-Being

The ACGME’s second Symposium on Physician Well-Being: Commitment to Change, held November 29, 2016, brought together 150 stakeholders from inside and outside the medical continuum, including board members, administration, staff, health care professionals and leaders, friends and family of physicians, and learners. Read More

The ACGME holds an annual Symposium on Physician Well-Being to engage an ongoing discussion necessary to initiate transformational changes in this critical area of focus.

Attendees of the first Symposium identified six areas of impact:

  • Building Awareness
  • Influencing Change
  • Disseminating Information
  • Collaborating throughout the Continuum
  • Stimulating Research
  • Effecting Culture Change

It is the hope that this annual symposium will positively impact change to improve well-being for residents, faculty members, and practicing physicians.

Partner Resources

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Mental Health Awareness in Osteopathic Medical Education

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Well-being in Academic Medicine

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Physician and Medical Student Depression and Suicide Prevention

American Hospital Association (AHA)
The Impact of Emotional Intelligence and Resiliency on Health Care Performance
Forum Focus – Recognizing and Addressing Physician Stress and Burnout to Improve Satisfaction and Patient Care

Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC)
2017 Annual Meeting focusing on resiliency and well-being

American Medical Association (AMA)
Physician Health
5 things institutions can do to prevent resident burnout
Articles on physician wellness in AMA Wire
“Steps Forward” CME modules
Physician wellness: preventing resident and fellow burnout
Preventing physician burnout
Improving physician resiliency

American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Watch: Medical students discuss mental illness

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Mental Health

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741

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