The ACGME Second Symposium on Physician Well-Being: Commitment to Change
The ACGME convened its second Symposium on Physician Well-Being: Commitment to Change at its Chicago headquarters on November 29, bringing 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.
Timothy Brigham, MDiv, PhD, and Carol Bernstein, MD, co-chairs of the ACGME Task Force on Physician Well-Being, welcomed attendees and shared the goals for the Symposium:
- Develop a concrete action plan to address the issue of physician well-being for:
- Learners/Faculty Members
- Continue the national dialogue and forge collaborations among stakeholders to effect positive transformational change for physician well-being
- Provide guidance to the ACGME on how best to utilize its unique “levers of influence” to effect positive transformational change
- Promote a scholarly approach to well-being interventions and innovations
ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, expressed his personal and professional commitment to addressing the issue of physician well-being and encouraged the group to work together to find solutions.
“ we don’t have all the answers, but we need to ask the right questions.”
Over the next two days, the highly energized group did just that: they asked questions, shared ideas, and challenged one another to work within their organizations and spheres of influence to make physician well-being a priority.