Wellness & Resiliency

Physician, learner, and staff wellness and well-being is an important and critical issue in medical education. Mayo Clinic researchers found that more than half of U.S. physicians are experiencing at least one symptom of professional burnout (Shanafelt, 2015). The following pages contain resources to help explain and address the challenges. Please let us know if you have suggested resources to share with your colleagues.

AAIM Resources

Presentations at AAIM Conferences

Crisis/Disaster Management for a Training Program

Physicians are all susceptible to the modern day realities of disaster preparedness and response. We work in hospitals where we plan for the unthinkable, the natural, and the unnatural. Still we find ourselves unprepared when that disaster is a physician suicide. Collectively, the authors have experience in managing these tragedies and hope to share the lessons learned with the medical community at large.

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This guide outlines the basic phases and important steps to help manage crisis specifically related to physician suicide. We earnestly hope that no one needs to utilize the plan described but we understand the importance and necessity of preparing for the unimaginable. The following guideline can serve as a roadmap for response to a completed or incomplete suicide in a housestaff training program, medical school, or other medical community.

This strategic plan is divided into five parts, presented in chronological order. Together they represent our cumulative advice and best guidance. It should guide the unit (program, schools, and department) most acutely affected.


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  • Lia S. Logio, MD, Vice Chair for Education and Program Director, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Bethany Gentilesco, MD, Associate Program Director, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Dominick Tammaro, MD, Program Director, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Annotated Bibliography of Evidence Based Well-Being Interventions

CHARM's Best Practice Group created this annotated collection of articles summarizing best practices to reduce burnout and improve well-being at various levels. Interventions are organized in five broad content areas: physical health, emotional health, facilitated group efforts, active self-improvement, and finally a broad array of system and program-level changes that include organizational culture change.

The goal is to provide a summary of current research, not only for medical schools and residency/fellowship programs, but also for health care system leaders and policy makers at large. This bibliography is also a reminder that programs are not alone in facing these challenges and that the collective wisdom of decades of medical educators, clinicians, and researchers, as well as those currently in practice, are an extraordinary foundation for finding effective ways to optimize present and future work environments and reduce burnout in medicine.

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