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2015 ACGME Symposium on Physician Well-Being


On November 17-18, 2015, the ACGME held the first Symposium on Physician Well-Being. This important event brought together representatives across the medical continuum, as well as well-being experts from both in and out of the medical continuum, to engage in the critical discussion necessary to initiate transformational changes.


Symposium Presentations (Nov 2015)


Why Are We Here?
Thomas J. Nasca MD, MACP

Physician Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Christine Moutier, MD
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Interventions to Reduce Physician Burnout and Promote Physician Well-Being
Colin West, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic

Running on Empty: Residents at Risk
Richard I. Levin, MD
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Counterintuitive thoughts about culture and culture change
Anthony L. Suchman, MD, MA
Relationship Centered Health Care

The Whole is More than the Sum of its Parts: Toward a Conceptual Model for Physician Well-Being
DeWitt C. Baldwin, MD

The ACGME and Physician Well-Being
Thomas J. Nasca MD, MACP

One Program’s Response to a Tragic Event
Claudia Mueller, PhD, MD
Stanford University

Where Are We?
Thomas J. Nasca MD, MACP

ACGME Symposium on Physician Well-Being: Are there Parallel Lessons from the NCAA Student-Athlete Model?
Brian Hainline, MD
National Collegiate Athletic Association

Symposium Speaker Bibliography (Nov 2015)


Dr. Timothy Brigham and Dr. Thomas Nasca introduce the issue at hand and the importance of collaboration across the medical continuum.

Dr. Timothy Brigham: Symposium Introduction
Dr. Christine Moutier: Physician Mental Health: Preventing Suicide and Building Resilience

Increasing awareness among health care leaders, residents/fellows, and faculty members was a key take-away of the Symposium. In Dr. Christine Moutier’s presentation, she lays out the weight of evidence establishing the scope and multifactorial nature of the problem of physician suicide and depression.

Dr. Anthony Suchman: Counterintuitive Thoughts about Culture and Culture Change

In his presentation, Dr. Tony Suchman examines the biosocial elements of human behavior and how they contribute to the character of the clinical learning environment, as well as their potential to transform it.

Dr. Thomas Nasca: Why Are We Here?
Dr. Richard Levin: Running on Empty: Residents at Risk

Calling attention to the deeply-seeded cultural issues underlying these problems, Dr. Richard Levin traces the historical roots of how the exploitation of residents has perpetuated a culture tolerant of abuse and anxiety.

Dr. DeWitt C. Baldwin: The Whole is More than the Sum of its Parts: Toward a Conceptual Map for Resident Well-Being

ACGME Senior Scholar-in-Residence DeWitt C. Baldwin presents a framework for understanding how the notion of well-being refracts through the different components of the individual physician as he/she trains and develops within the system, raising complexities that result from the interpolation of these elements across clinical and social learning environments.


Dr. Colin West: Interventions to Reduce Physician Burnout and Promote Physician Well-Being

Dr. Colin West summarizes the drivers of physician burnout and reviews the current literature on interventions to improve physician well-being, calling attention to the limitations of targeting the individual physician rather than the clinical system as the primary focus of interventions.

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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