2016 ACGME Symposium on Physician Well-Being

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:
  • - Programs/Systems
    - 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. He noted,

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.


Symposium Presentations (Nov 2016)

Developing Implementing and Evaluating a Well-Being Initiative - Three Examples
Saadia Akhtar, MD
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York

The ACGME Second Symposium on Physician Well-Being: Commitment to Change
Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD

Applying the Science of Well-Being to Develop Resilience
Derrick Carpenter, MAPP
University of Pennsylvania

A Decade of Caring for Physicians in Training and Practice
Sydney Ey, Ph.D.
OHSU Resident and Faculty Wellness Program

Wellness Initiatives Stanford Health Care & Stanford Children’s Health
Laurence Katznelson, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Pathways to Well-Being in the Clinical Learning Environment
Kevin B. Weiss, MD

Using the Science of Well-Being to Help Physicians Flourish
James O. Pawelski
University of Pennsylvania

The Learning and Working Environment
Rowen K. Zetterman, MD, MACP, MACG
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Symposium Brochure and Abstracts (Nov. 2016)

Symposium Reading Materials (Nov. 2016)


Presentations from the 2016 Symposium on Physician Well-Being are available in the ACGME’s online learning portal: Learn at ACGME.

The Learn at ACGME portal is a robust and flexible platform for videos, interactive courses, discussion boards, and other learning resources. The portal is accessible to members of the GME community and provides a secure way to engage with information relevant to many GME roles.

Visit www.acgme.org/distancelearning to access the Learn at ACGME portal to create a user account or access content.

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Contact Us
For questions about the ACGME’s Physician Well-Being Initiative, or to submit tools and resources for consideration for the website, e-mail wellbeing@acgme.org.