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ACGME Tools and Resources for Resident and Faculty Member Well-Being

The ACGME’s Task Force on Physician Well-Being Tools and Resources Subcommittee created this compendium of materials and other references for residents and faculty members as a resource for well-being, wellness, and related tools. It is the Task Force’s hope that these resources will support the elements in Section VI of the ACGME’s Common Program Requirements. The requirements emphasize that psychological, emotional, and physical well-being are critical in the development of the competent, caring, and resilient physician.

The Task Force assembled this list of resources to help programs and institutions identify solutions that best meet local needs. Neither the ACGME, nor the Task Force, endorse the use of any specific tool or resource.

These resources can be used as part of program and institutional efforts to improve faculty member and resident/fellow well-being. Resources can support, but cannot take the place of local commitment to fostering well-being, and to assessing and assisting residents/fellows, faculty members, or others in distress.

All of the tools and resources included have been reviewed for relevance in graduate medical education settings. This compendium includes open access (free) resources, as well as proprietary (fees may apply) programs, tools, and materials.

We invite program and institutional representatives to submit descriptions of the tools, resources, and strategies that have proved effective to their organization and/or GME program. E-mail

Identifying and Addressing Burnout

Tools and resources in this content area provide suggestions that may help in identifying and addressing burnout in residents, fellows, and faculty members. Information on program- and institution-level interventions to reduce burnout and increase engagement can also be found in the section on “Improving the Learning and Working Environment.”

American Medical Association – Mini-Z Burnout Inventory (Screening/Survey Instrument )

American Medical Association – Physician Wellness: Preventing Resident and Fellow Burnout (Educational Module )

American Medical Association – Preventing Physician Burnout (Educational Module )

Maslach Burnout Inventory (Screening/Survey Instrument, Proprietary )

Promoting Well-Being

Section VI of the ACGME’s Common Program Requirements states, “Self-care is an important component of professionalism, [and] a skill that must be learned and nurtured in the context of other aspects of residency training.” These items may be useful as part of the process to assess and enhance physician physical, psychological, and emotional well-being.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine SAFER Program (Educational Module, Proprietary )

American Medical Association – Improving Physician Resiliency (Educational Module )

Association of Pediatric Program Directors – Optimizing Your Mentoring Relationship: A Toolkit for Mentors and Mentees Via MedEdPORTAL (Toolkit )

LIFE Curriculum Guides:  Guide 1 and  Guide 2 (Educational Modules on Resident Well-Being, Fatigue Mitigation, Substance Abuse and Other Challenging Situations )

Mayo Clinic Well-Being Index (free for individual use and research; org. version proprietary and requires subscription )

Professional Quality of Life Scale (Screening/Survey Instrument )

Examples of materials designed by specific institutions:

Johns Hopkins Medicine Resident Wellness Toolkit (Toolkit )

Oregon Health & Science University Wellness Resources (Toolkit )

University of Colorado Well-Being Resources (Toolkit )

Assessing and Addressing Emotional and Psychological Distress/Depression/Suicide

This section is designed to provide select resources to help identify, assess, and assist individuals with emotional and/or psychological distress, and to provide education to reduce the stigma of seeking mental health care. Screening tools for depression and suicidal ideation should not be used for self-screening, but can be part of a comprehensive effort to link such tools to mental health resources at a local level. For example, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Interactive Screening Program links individuals with a health care provider who screens results. It is also important to note that only a qualified health care professional can diagnose or treat depression or other forms of mental illness.

Section VI of the ACGME’s Common Program Requirements mandates access to confidential, affordable mental health assessment, counseling, and treatment, including urgent and emergent care.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Interactive Screening Program (Screening/Survey Instrument, Proprietary ).

Association of American Medical Colleges – Time to Talk About It: Physician Depression and Suicide (Educational Video, Educational Module, Toolkit )

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Screening for Depression (Screening/Survey Instrument )

Mayo Clinic/American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Make the Difference: Preventing Medical Trainee Suicide (Educational Video )

PHQ-9: Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (Depression Suicidal Ideation Screen, Screening/Survey Instrument )

Improving the Learning and Working Environment

The ACGME Common Program Requirements state, “The creation of a learning and working environment with a culture of respect and accountability for physician well-being is crucial to physicians’ ability to deliver the safest, best possible care to patients.” Tools and resources in this content area offer guidance to programs and institutions on ways to enhance the focus on well-being in their unique learning and working environment.

Coping with Tragedy

Tools and resources in this section are designed to assist individuals, as well as programs and communities, in coping with a tragedy or disaster. Resources focus on communication, crisis response, and mitigating the psychological and psychosocial consequences of the event.

Other Institutional/Partner Sites and Resources

This selection of additional resources shared by leaders in health care may be useful for GME programs and institutions.

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine – Wellness Think Tank (Collection of Resources )

Academy of Communication in Healthcare – Communication Rx: Transforming Healthcare Through Relationship-Centered Communication (Collection of Resources )

ACGME – CLER Pathways to Excellence Version 1.1 (Collection of Resources )

Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine – Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM) (Collection of Resources, Annotated Bibliography )

American College of Emergency Physicians – Wellness Wheel (Categorization of Dimensions of Physician Wellness )

American Psychiatric Association Organizational Interventions for Burnout – Toolkit for Well-being Ambassadors and  Manual for Well-being Ambassadors (Toolkit )

Association of American Medical Colleges – Well-Being in Academic Medicine (Collection of Resources )

Brandeis University – C-Change Program (Screening/Survey Instrument, Proprietary )

National Academy of Medicine – Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience (Collection of Resources )

National Collegiate Athletic Association – Mental Health (Educational Resources, Research Related to Mental Health for Collegiate Athletes )

The Schwartz Center – Schwartz Rounds (Instructions for Creating a Physician Support Group, Process Description )

University of Michigan – The Sen Lab (Bibliography )

University of Pennsylvania – Positive Psychology Center (Collection of Resources )

View selected articles on physician well-being and related topics here

View additional resources and information shared at previous ACGME Symposia on Physician Well-Being

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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