Well-Being Weekly | Week of September 14th, 2020

Explore the latest research, news, and developments in the world of wellness in this installment of the Well-Being Weekly. Get caught up on this week's biggest stories surrounding mental health and well-being in the healthcare industry, provided by Well-Being Index experts Patrick McNally and Sunny Prabhakar. 

How medical centers are supporting clinician mental health through the pandemic

A recent journal article published in Neurology Today highlights how UCSF, Baylor College of Medicine, and other organizations have increased their efforts of promoting clinician and trainee well-being to protect mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While institutions bolster existing support and add wellness initiatives for frontline medical workers, shockwaves of the pandemic have also increased distress and anxiety for those not directly involved with COVID-19 patient care. "Financial strains and the inability to carry on business as usual caring for patients during the pandemic has added to this stress for neurologists," said chair of the UCSF department of neurology Dr. S. Andrew Josephson.

Read the full article to learn more about the recent efforts to mitigate burnout and distress caused by the pandemic, including support hotlines, transparent communication, and creative solutions such as teaming up with local restaurants that are closed to provide hot meals for medical workers.

CommonSpirit Health CMO slated to speak at Champions of Wellness Virtual Summit 2020

Dr. Keith Frey, Chief Medical Officer of CommonSpirit Health, Arizona Division, will kick off the second day of the Champions of Wellness Virtual Summit 2020, happening October 8th and 9th.


Dr. Frey is a former Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona, as well as their first Chief Medical Information Officer. He has over thirty-five years of experience as a primary care physician, educator, mentor, and researcher, and his career has also included prominent leadership roles at Duke University, Providence Health, and the University of Washington.

Visit ChampionsofWellness.com/summit to register while there are still spots available, and hear what Dr. Frey has to say about creating a new physician well-being culture in a large, multi-state health system!

Latest findings on resident & fellow mental health

Along with providing support to maximize well-being for our nurses, physicians, and other medical workers, it is vital that we prioritize mental health care for our trainees, residents, and fellows.

The most recent data pulled from Well-Being Index assessments collected from over 8,200 residents and fellows shows that over 56% of respondents experienced emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. To improve well-being among trainees and set them up for a healthy and successful career in healthcare, we must be able to identify and understand the causes of this distress.

Visit our comprehensive report on Resident and Fellow Well-Being to learn more about the current landscape of burnout, the causes and symptoms of resident and fellow distress, and ways to address the distress and protect the mental health of our trainees.

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