The ACGME has released resources specifically designed for residents, faculty members, and graduate medical education (GME) programs and institutions to promote well-being, mitigate the effects of stress, and prevent burnout. The AWARE suite of resources, which includes a variety of on-demand tools such as a video skill-building workshop, podcasts and an app, continues to build on the work of the ACGME to foster the well-being of GME community members.
“The ACGME is committed to the well-being of residents and fellows,” said Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD, Chief of Staff and Chief Education and Organizational Development Officer. “This important collection of resources, named AWARE, is another key piece in our overall approach to helping reduce burnout and stress, and create an environments where physicians thrive and provide quality patient care.”
This initial suite of resources focuses primarily on individual strategies for cognitive skill-building. The ACGME is continuing to grow the AWARE portfolio with the development of online and multimedia resources focused on addressing the organizational and cultural aspects of well-being. All AWARE resources are offered to the GME community free of charge and are currently available in three formats:
AWARE Cognition and Well-Being Skill Development Video Workshop
Aimed at program directors and designated institutional officials (DIOs), this two-hour video workshop is designed to provide programs with a framework for raising the issue of well-being with their residents by focusing on a series of cognitive skills and strategies. It is packaged as three short video presentations with slides that program directors can use as a model for leading a local workshop and discussion around cognition, mindsets, and well-being. It is accompanied by a Facilitator’s Guide detailing the workshop agenda, resources needed, activities, and guidelines for discussion. Log into Learn at ACGME to download the AWARE Video Workshop.
AWARE App (available in Apple Store and Google Play)
Designed for individual physicians, particularly junior residents, the AWARE app uses concepts from cognitive behavior therapy to help identify opportunities to improve well-being. The app helps users identify personal cognitive habits and directs them toward practices and resources they may find useful for improving well-being. The app includes video scenarios and didactics, as well as self-assessments and other resources. The app may also be used by a program or other group of individuals as part of a broader well-being curriculum.
Downloadable from virtually all podcast platforms, the AWARE podcasts consist of two series with different objectives. Search for “ACGME AWARE” on podcast platforms, including Spotify and RadioPublic.
ACGME Senior Scholar for Well-Being Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd helped lead the development of this set of resources. Dr. Slavin is a leading national expert on well-being within the medical profession and has spoken to audiences around the country.
“We’ve tried to make these materials deeply substantive but also engaging and approachable so that information is relevant and accessible,” said Dr. Slavin.
Part of a Broader Well-Being Initiative
The curriculum released today is part of the broader ACGME Physician Well-Being initiative, which includes both the work of the organization and partnerships in the medical community. This includes:
Specific to accreditation, in 2017, the ACGME revised Section VI of its Common Program Requirements for all accredited residency and fellowship programs regardless of specialty, to address well-being more directly and comprehensively. The requirements emphasize that psychological, emotional, and physical well-being are critical in the development of the competent, caring, and resilient physician.