Massachusetts Medical Society: Advocating for Physician Wellness

Advocating for Physician Wellness

National Academy of Medicine

  • Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
    • The National Academy of Medicine will build a collaborative platform for supporting and improving clinician well-being and resilience across multiple organizations, including clinician and consumer groups as well as health care organizations and policy making bodies. This “action collaborative” will provide the venue for a set of collaborative activities, grounded in evidence-based knowledge, to (1) assess and understand the underlying causes of clinician burnout and suicide, and (2) advance solutions that reverse the trends in clinician stress, burnout, and suicide. Activities of the collaborative will include working meetings among participating groups, public workshops, and stakeholder engagement activities.


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

Physician Wellness and Burnout

Solving for Physician Burnout - System Redesign and Organizational Transformation
1.00 CME Credit | RM | Video
Navigating Power Differentials as a Physician in the “Me Too” Era
1.00 CME Credit | RM | Video
Restoring the Art of Medicine: The Power of Physician Wellness – The 2019 Annual Education Program
3.25 CME Credits | RM | Video
Future of Care: A Call to Collaboration – The 2019 Shattuck Lecture
1.50 CME Credits | RM | Video
MedPEP, Medical Professionals Empowerment Program (20 episodes)
20.00 CME Credits | RM | Audio
Restoring Well-Being to the Medical Profession
1.00 CME Credit | RM | Slides/Audio
Running on Empty? Physicians' Path to Enjoying Life and Medicine More
1.00 CME Credit | RM | Slides/Audio

Physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals are at high risk for occupational distress and burnout. To better understand of the causes and context of burnout, and to explore methods of prevention, please review the resources below.

Contextualizing the Issue

Professional stress has always been particularly high among health care professionals, and the endemic of burnout has become especially pervasive in recent years.

Physician Burnout Graphic

Identifying Risk Factors

Extensive research pertaining to stress and the relation to professional burnout is being conducted around the nation, and researchers at Stanford and Mayo Clinic have determined several types of workplace burnout  that occur among healthcare providers.

Maintaining Wellness in Your Practice

Physician Icons 200 AMA – Steps Forward

Examples of wellness programs

Further resources

The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

Coping with Burnout

Physician Health Services, an affiliate of the MMS, offers confidential consultation and a host of wellness resources for physicians struggling with stress, burnout, mental illness, and addiction. Referrals to PHS come from colleagues, family members, friends, or patients, and often from the affected physician. Each referral is treated individually, in a compassionate and confidential manner.

Physician Health Services
781-434-7404, or toll free at 800-322-2303, ext. 7404.

Further Reading

NEJM Catalyst

The New England Journal of Medicine

Various Articles

  • Huffinton Post: Doctors in the Crosshairs
    • “Why do we ask the most highly trained people in the system to spend hours each day, inputting data? It’s because the other members of the team would have to be paid for the additional time, while doctors are not paid a penny for this. This extra time cuts into their ability to live a balanced life. It’s one of many reasons why more than 50% of American doctors are burned out, and why that number is rising rapidly.
  • The Atlantic: The Root of Physician Burnout
    • “Burnout is not a disease. It is a symptom…”
  • Forbes: The Story Behind Epidemic Doctor Burnout And Suicide Statistics 
    • "During Dr. X’s final year under the hospital system, administrators began instructing doctors to treat patients differently according to their insurance plans. “We would get emails that would say: ‘From here on out, anyone who has X, Y or Z health plan should be seen within twenty-four hours of their initial call.’” The administration continued enforcing new protocols, escalating frustrations among doctors until things reached a breaking point. “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Dr. X says of a meeting earlier in 2015…”
  • Time: Study - Doctors Are Burned Out by Busywork
    • “There’s no one cause for doctor burnout, but a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings has found a major one: the increasingly electronic nature of medicine. The digital parts of doctoring, like maintaining electronic health records, were linked to physician burnout…”

ScienceDaily: Aggregated studies on physician burnout

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