Tag Archive for ‘physician wellness’
Letters to the Editor
A retiring surgeon offers his perspectives on the challenges and benefits of the surgical profession.
Looking forward – April 2021
The last year has been mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting for health care professionals, particularly those individuals on the front lines of providing care to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) patients and those who have had to postpone operations for patients needing nonurgent care. Add to that situation constant threats of payment cuts, hospital and private practice […]
Your ACS benefits: ACS program focuses on surgeon well-being
With 52 percent of surgeons reporting burnout, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is committed to fostering well-being, resilience, and work-life integration for surgeons at every career stage. Through education, resources, tools, and advocacy, the ACS fosters and encourages surgeons’ health and well-being to ensure they have the physical and mental strength necessary to support […]
Letters to the Editor
The following comments were received regarding recent physician wellness and work-life balance articles published in the Bulletin.
Letters to the Editor
The following comments were received regarding recent articles published in the Bulletin.
Nurturing wellness and fostering resilience during a surgical career: An introduction
This introduction to the annual RAS-ACS issue describes the benefits associated with developing wellness and resilience.
The transformation of surgical education and its influence on resident wellness
The evolution of the surgical training model and its potential effect on resident wellness are identified, as are the benefits and challenges of maintaining work-life balance.
Silence is deadly: The importance of communication in addressing wellness and burnout in surgical residency
Describes how positive modes of communication affect resident wellness and highlights potential barriers for physicians seeking help to overcome burnout and mental illness.
A sense of belonging and community can mitigate physician burnout
The causes and effects of burnout are summarized as well as the benefits of joining professional societies to foster wellness and resilience.
Training resilient surgeons: Where do we go from here?
Examines how the fields of aviation and education maintain successful approaches to building mental and emotional resilience and summarizes action items for developing a health care culture that fosters physician wellness.
RAS-ACS Essay Contest: Balance on a very thin wire
Joshua J. Goldman, MD, 2018 RAS Communications Committee essay winner, describes an incident when his commitment to being a surgeon conflicted with his personal wellness.
Surgeons as second victims: Clinicians may experience trauma after adverse events
Identifies coping strategies for surgeons who are second victims after an adverse event.
The 2017 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest: An introduction
The theme of the 2017 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest was Be True to the Profession; Be True to Yourself.
The 2017 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest: Gravitas
Robert A. Swendiman, MD, MPP, the 2017 RAS Communications Committee essay winner, describes how taking time to heal after the loss of a child led him to struggle with the decision to put his personal life first.
Coming next month in JACS and online now: Personal and professional well-being of surgical residents in New England
This news brief highlights a JACS article that examines the well-being of surgical residents in New England.
Access new surgeon and resident well-being resources
The ACS has compiled several resources to support surgeons and residents who are experiencing periods of distress.
Study shows micro breaks have big benefits
Targeted micro breaks and their positive effect on surgeon and patient safety are described.
Managing burnout: Seek outside help and foster a true work-life balance
In this article, several of the College’s Fellows describe their own experience with burnout, how they have avoided it, and offer strategies to help counteract its effects.
Governors’ Committee on Physician Competency and Health
Acknowledging the multiple challenges surgeons currently face, the Board of Governors’ Committee on Physician Competency and Health has continued its efforts to both delineate these issues and provide educational programs and support services aimed at promoting physician well-being. This article provides an update on the recent activities of the committee.