Address the Distress of Residents and Fellows
Work load, competition, and other stress factors have increased burnout rates among residents and fellows. Shaping residents and fellows to be aware of their well-being and to have a sense of resiliency is extremely important as they complete their programs. Adding the Well-Being Index to monitor and improve well-being will in-turn produce better physicians who are more capable of engaging with their patients and providing better care.
The 7-question Well-Being Index was invented by the Mayo Clinic for Residents and Fellows as a validated screening tool to evaluate fatigue, depression, burnout, anxiety/stress, and mental/physical quality of life in residents and fellows. An individual’s score is compared to normative data from a large, national sample of U.S. residents and fellows. Evidence indicates that the index is useful not only for identifying distress, but also for identifying those whose degree of distress places them at risk for adverse consequences (e.g. medical error or suicidal ideation).
Proposed Changes to ACGME Common Program Requirements
ACGME has proposed new common program requirements that include Well-Being (VI.C.), and the Resident/Fellow Well-Being Index is a validated tool for self-assessment screening purposes. Training physicians to realize the importance of self-care is most effective at the start of their careers. By completing the Well-Being Index regularly and tracking their results over time, residents and fellows are able to better identify the causes to a change in their well-being evaluation, promoting self-awareness down the road.
Providing a tool and promoting the importance of well-being encourages residents and fellows to feel supported. The Well-Being Index is one of the ways to facilitate a safe space and to remove the stigma of discussing burnout and meet the new proposed requirements.
Resident and Fellow Well-Being Index Features
The Resident and Fellow Well-Being Index meets proposed ACGME self-screening tool requirements.
Individuals can compare results with their peers based on national averages, yet all data is 100% anonymous.
Resources and reporting features customized for your organization.
Provides valuable resources and a safe space to remove the stigma of discussing burnout.
Promotes a habit of tracking well-being over time at the start of a physician's career.
Assessments are validated, proven effective, and have been used by more than 35,000 professionals.
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You will get instant access to the Well-Being Index demo account to test the software as different types of users. We will also send you a confirmation email with the link to the demo account for future access.
Test the software as these users:
- Organization Admin
- Medical Student
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Validation and Research
- Ability of the physician well-being index to identify residents in distress.
- Utility of a brief screening tool to identify physicians in distress.
- An interactive individualized intervention to promote behavioral change to increase personal well-being in US surgeons.
- Efficacy of a brief screening tool to identify medical students in distress.
- Psychometric properties of the Medical Student Well-Being Index among medical students in a Malaysian medical school
- Psychometric properties of the Medical Student Wellbeing Index at different interval of measurements in a cohort of medical students
- Development and preliminary psychometric properties of a well-being index for medical students
- Ability of a 9-Item Well-Being Index to Identify Distress and Stratify Quality of Life in US Workers.
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