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Physician Well-Being News and Features

Below is a collection of articles, interviews, and news releases about the ACGME’s efforts to promote and improve physician well-being.


NEJM Resident360 discussion focuses on physician wellness

May 9, 2018 — Dink Jardine, MD, chair of the ACGME’s Back to Bedside  Advisory Work Group, recently participated in an engaging discussion on NEJM Resident360 about physician well-being and wellness with a focus on the resident and fellow experience and system-level interventions. Experts representing health care administrators, program directors, faculty members, residents/fellows, and recent graduates participated in the discussion

In a summary post, Dr. Jardine highlights the following ways for residents and fellows to influence system-level change to improve their own and their colleagues’ environment:

  • Connecting to combat burnout
  • Recognizing struggle in yourself and others (and getting help when needed)
  • Engaging with leadership to implement innovation
  • Focusing on developing opportunities for meaningful and purposeful work

See the NEJM Resident360 post here.

NAM Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being holds public meeting

May 8, 2018 — The ACGME recently participated in the third meeting of the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience in Washington, DC. The meeting provided an opportunity for the public to engage with the Action Collaborative and experts on diversity, inclusion, and loneliness, with a session on workflow redesign to improve clinician well-being and enhance joy in practice.

The morning of the meeting, NAM launched Expressions of Clinician Well-Being, a collection of 100 pieces of art that express how clinicians, their loved ones, patients, and organizations experience clinician burnout and well-being. The display comes on the heels of a nationwide call from NAM for artists of all skills and abilities to submit artwork that represents what clinician well-being looks, feels, and sounds like to them.

ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP serves as co-chair for the Collaborative, along with Darrell Kirch, MD, CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Victor Dzau, MD, CEO of NAM. Through formation of the Collaborative, these leaders are working with a network of 150 organizations to help doctors develop lifelong skills to improve their well-being across all career stages and specialties.

ACGME President and CEO featured in “Addressing Clinician Well-Being” Video

April 16, 2018 — The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released the video “Addressing Clinician Well-Being,” featuring ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, and National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau, MD. The video captures an in-depth discussion on the steps national health organizations are taking to make an impact on clinician mental health and physician well-being to address high rates of stress, depression, and burnout.

ACGME Launches New Tools and Resources Web Page Dedicated to Physician Well-Being
Resources Compiled to Support Local Efforts to Improve Resident, Fellow, and Faculty Member Well-Being, Help Physicians in Distress

March 27, 2018 — The ACGME recently launched a new, comprehensive Tools and Resources page for institutions, programs, residents/fellows, and faculty members to support and promote well-being in the clinical learning environment.

“We have written requirements around this important dimension of the learning environment, but we have now taken the important step of providing our program directors, residents, faculty members, and institutional leaders with a range of tools and practices that can assist them in going beyond meeting minimum standards,” said ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP.

Read the full press release.

New Tools and Resources to Support Resident and Faculty Member Well-Being Now Available

February 14, 2018 — The ACGME has launched a comprehensive Tools and Resources page for institutions, programs, residents/fellows, and faculty members to support and promote well-being and wellness in the clinical learning environment. The Task Force on Physician Well-Being assembled this list to help programs and institutions identify solutions that best meet local needs. The new resources also support the elements of Section VI of the ACGME Common Program Requirements, which emphasize psychological, emotional, and physical well-being as critical to the development of practicing physicians.

See the tools and resources here

ACGME Announces Funding Recipients for Resident-led Back to Bedside Initiative
30 Proposals Selected to Enhance Resident-Patient Connection, Foster Joy and Meaning in Work

October 26, 2017—The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today announced the selection of funding recipients for Back to Bedside, a resident-led initiative to empower medical residents and fellows to create innovative strategies for increasing time with patients, improving physician and patient well-being.

The ACGME selected 30 proposals from 223 submissions, up from the original number of five proposals announced in May. Institutions will receive a total of $130,000 at different funding levels, renewable for up to two years. Visit for the list of Back to Bedside recipients, projects and resident and fellow team leaders.

First Public Meeting of Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

June 26, 2017— The ACGME has partnered with the National Academy of Medicine to launch a new Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. The group’s first public meeting will be held July 14 to explore promising approaches to promoting physician well-being and highlight current research. Registration is free and open until July 11 at

Dr. Timothy Brigham Talks to ReachMD about Physician Well-Being

May 26, 2017— In a recent radio interview with ReachMD, Dr. Timothy P. Brigham, ACGME chief of staff and senior vice president, Education, explores the topic of physician well-being, including ways to address burnout.

Listen to the interview here.

ACGME Joins National Academy of Medicine’s 'Action Collaborative' to Promote Physician Well-Being and Combat Burnout, Depression, and Suicide Among Health Care Workers

December 15, 2016— In response to alarming evidence of high rates of depression and suicide among US health care workers, the ACGME joined the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), which today launched a wide-ranging “action collaborative” of multiple organizations to promote clinician well-being and resilience. To date, more than 20 professional and educational organizations have committed to the NAM-led initiative, which will identify priorities and collective efforts to advance evidence-based solutions and promote multidisciplinary approaches that will reverse the trends in clinician stress and ultimately improve patient care and outcomes.

December 2016 Issue of Journal of Graduate Medical Education Focuses on Well-Being

December 9, 2016— On the heels of the ACGME’s Second Symposium on Physician Well-Being, the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) released its December 2016 issue featuring the latest research and commentary on this important topic. Highlights from the issue include a systematic review of well-being in residency, a case study on developing emotional intelligence in the clinical learning environment, and an overview of the feasibility of a comprehensive wellness and suicide prevention program, among others.

Three Leading Health Organizations Aim to Reduce Suicides by Physicians, Medical Trainees

December 1, 2016— As increasing rates of stress, depression, and fatigue fuel concern about physician well-being, the ACGME , the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and Mayo Clinic today launched an initiative to prevent physician and medical trainee suicides.

“We want to be part of a national dialogue that addresses physician well-being and leads to transformational change - to a more humane learning environment for all medical education and a healthier culture for all physicians,” says ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP.

At the ACGME’s Second Symposium on Physician Well-Being, the three organizations introduced a library of educational resources on the ACGME website. The resources are intended to help physicians and medical trainees.

Read 10 facts about physician suicide and mental health.

ACGME Well-Being In The News

Combating Burnout Through Advocacy: A Resident’s ACGME Journey
May 9, 2018—in-House Magazine

Back to Bedside  Projects Energize Residents, Improve Patient Care
May 9, 2018—AAMCNews

Reducing the Stress Associated with Electronic Health Records
March 27, 2018—AAMCNews

Medical Faculty Need to Foster Resilience in Students (and in Themselves)
March 13, 2018—AAMCNews

ACGME Launches Resources Webpage for Resident and Faculty Member Well-being
March 2, 2018—The DO

University of Buffalo IM Residents Awarded ACGME Grant to Focus on Direct Patient Care
March 2, 2018—Program Insider

To Care is Human — Collectively Confronting the Clinician-Burnout Crisis
January 25, 2018—NEJM

Suicides of Young Physicians Raise Alarm about Burnout among Trainees
September 14, 2017 —Psychiatric News

Protecting Interns and Other Physicians from Depression and Suicide
July 24, 2017—Stat News

ACGME CLER Program Places New Focus on Physician Well-Being
July 21, 2017—HCPro

Residents Invited to Share Ideas to Improve Patient Interactions in ACGME Competition
July 19, 2017—American Psychiatric Association/Psychiatric News

National Academy of Medicine Goes Public with Efforts to Combat Burnout
July 14, 2017—U.S. News and World Report

Surgical Residents’ Work Hours and Well-Being in Year 2 of the FIRST Trial
July 13, 2017—The New England Journal of Medicine

Doctor Depression, Suicide Slowly Coming out of Shadows
June 6, 2017—Chicago Tribune

ACGME Competitive Funding Opportunity for Medical Residents
May 30, 2017—Health Care Training and Education

Medical Student's Death Highlights High Rates of Physician Suicides
April 25, 2017—ABC News

Other Media

Interview with Timothy Brigham, MDiv, PhD
August 16, 2016

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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