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Physician Burnout Resources
Physician Burnout Resources

Presentations, podcasts, and other resources to help you prioritize your mental health and avoid burnout, including:
* AOFAS Annual Meeting 2022 Symposium: Burnout and What AOFAS Can Do to Help
* Orthopod-cast Special Episode: Overcoming Adversity in Orthopaedic Surgery: Perspectives from Sports Psychology
* AOFAS at Home 2020 Keynote Presentation: Preventing Physician Suicide featuring Pamela Wible, MD
* 2020 Physician Wellness Series Webinars, presented in collaboration with the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
* AMA Toolkit Resources

NEW Resources:

2022 Annual Meeting Symposium: Burnout and What AOFAS Can Do to Help
Moderator: Tonya L. Dixon, MD, MPH

Thinking Beyond Burnout: How to Empower Yourself and Influence Your Environment
Alan M. Friedman, MA; Karen Weiner, MD

The AOFAS Resources You Should Be Using
Elaine M. Leighton, MPH, CAE


AOFAS Orthopod-Cast: Special Episode: Overcoming Adversity in Orthopaedic Surgery - Perspectives from Sports Psychology 
World renowned Sports Psychologist and Author, Dr. Bob Rotella, and acclaimed UVA basketball player and current UVA Associate Director of Athletics for Development, Mr. Barry Parkhill, have a conversation hosted by Foot and Ankle Surgeon Dr. Joseph Park.  These panelists discuss growing confidence from difficult outcomes and challenges and draw analogies to excellence in patient care delivery.

Additional Resources:

AOFAS at Home 2020 Keynote Presentation: Preventing Physician Suicide featuring Pamela Wible, MD
In between treating patients and helping doctors launch community clinics, Dr. Wible devotes herself to the prevention of medical student and physician suicide. Her extensive database from investigating nearly 1,300 doctor suicides reveals the highest-risk specialties and ways individuals and institutions can prevent these deaths. 

Prevention and Management of Physician Burnout
Moderator: Casey J. Humbyrd, MD

Work-Life Balance
Katherine Sage, DO

Pressure to Publish
Sandra E. Klein, MD

Government Regulation
Michael S. Aronow, MD

Pressures on Private Practice Entrepreneurship
Bruce E. Cohen, MD

Burnout Rates Among General Orthopaedic Surgeons and Subspecialists
Robert Nugent, DO


Physician Wellness Series Recorded Webinars
Peer Support
There is a strong role for peer support in promoting physician wellness and decreasing burnout.  However, barriers to presence and/or use of peer support programs exist.  This course will demonstrate the importance of such programs and show participants how to take advantage of them and/or implement one effectively.

Physician Suicide
This webinar will present information on suicide demographics, identification of physicians at risk and signs of suicidal intent, and strategies for understanding and addressing this problem. Faculty will discuss personal and collective journeys dealing with suicide for increased awareness, empathy, and support to prevent suicide. Attendees will have the opportunity to post questions anonymously for the panel. 

Second Victim Syndrome
Second victims are healthcare providers who are involved in an unanticipated adverse patient event, medical error, and/or a patient-related injury and become victimized in the sense that the provider is traumatized by the event. Involvement in medical/surgical errors can have a lasting impact on healthcare providers, including lack of concentration, burnout, depression, poor memory, decreased clinical confidence, and impaired work performance. This webinar will discuss second victim syndrome and how to cope with difficult complications and unhappy patients. 

AMA Resources
  • Preventing Physician Suicide: Identify and Support At-Risk Physicians
  • After a Physician Suicide: Responding as an organization toolkit 
  • The Association of Physician Burnout with Suicidal Ideation and Medical Errors 
  • Creating A Culture That Supports Well-Being Podcast

Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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