Physician Wellness Resources

You're busy taking care of others, be sure to make time for care for yourself.

 

LOCAL RESOURCES

University of Utah Health Resiliency Center: In addition to resources for U of U employees, the Resiliency Center has also created several helpful videos for all healthcare workers on their Accelerate page.

Emotional Health Relief Hotline
Intermountain Healthcare has launched the Emotional Health Relief Hotline for Utah health professionals and community members. The hotline is a free resource for those seeking emotional health guidance during these uncertain times. Callers are connected with a trained caregiver who can provide appropriate self-care tools, peer supports, treatment options, crisis resources, and more. The hotline has been developed in close collaboration with state partners, including the Department of Human Services and the University of Utah Health’s UNI Crisis Line. It’s available 7 days a week, from 10 am to 10 pm. The phone number is 1-833-442-2211

Dr. Jay's Peaceful Abiding: Meditation and mindfulness for healthcare providers, Buddhists, or beginning meditators. Dr. Jay Moreland, a Utah-based family physician and member of UAFP, has been a practicing Buddhist for more than 25 years in the Dzogchen Vajrayana tradition but he teaches in a secular style intended for those of all beliefs and backgrounds. His goal is to help you be happier and more peaceful. His podcasts are available in English and Spanish.

AAFP & OTHER STATE AFP CHAPTER RESOURCES

Physician Health First: An American Academy of Family Physicians’ interactive web portal with a wealth of well-being resources for Academy members.

Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition Continuing Medical Education (CME) Webinars: A series of six videos focused on addressing physician burnout. Each video is approved for CME credit.

Wellness Wednesdays Archive: A compilation of 45-minute videos from our partners at the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians with topics ranging from mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude to emotional energy through physician exercise and tools for overcoming burnout.

Professional Wellness page: Articles, videos, and other wellness resources from our partners at the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.

OTHER STATE AND NATIONAL RESOURCES

Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality - Several resources, videos, and readings on burnout and resiliency. Additionally, you can participate in the Three Good Things Study utilizing WISER resilience tools. WISER is a set of positive psychology tools which engage participants to briefly reflect on the science of resilience, relationships, strengths, gratitude and awe.

Headspace: An app that teaches you how to meditate. Headspace is offering free access to Headspace Plus for all US. healthcare professionals working in public health settings during the crisis.

Ten Percent Happier: Another mindfulness and mediation app. The site also has a free sanity guide and is offering free access to the app for healthcare professionals.

The Awake Network: Free Online meditation resources for times of social distancing/COVID-19.

Mental Health First Aid: Articles available that are specific to COVID-19 and mental health; relevant for any reader – physician, family, patient, or friend.

Inner Engineering Online: A free (just enter $0 in the payment section) program to help support the well-being of healthcare providers to improve physical health, enhance mental stability, and promote spiritual well-being.

Physician Support Line (PLS): This free and confidential hotline was launched on March 30 by Mona Masood, DO, a Philadelphia-area psychiatrist and moderator of a Facebook forum called the COVID-19 Physicians Group. The PLS is run by more than 600 volunteer psychiatrists who take calls from US physicians 7 days a week from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM (Mtn), with no appointment necessary. The number is 1 (888)-409-0141.

For the Frontlines: This 24/7 help line provides free crisis counseling for frontline workers. They can text FRONTLINE to 741741 in the United States.

Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience: Created by the National Academy of Medicine in 2017, the Action Collaborative comprises more than 60 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. In response to the pandemic, the group has compiled a list of strategies and resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians who are providing healthcare during the COVID-19 outbreak.

American Medical Association (AMA): The AMA has created a resource center dedicated to providing care for caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website includes specific guidance for managing mental health during the pandemic.

American College of Physicians (ACP): The professional society of internal medicine physicians has created a comprehensive guide for physicians specific to COVID-19, with a section dedicated to clinician well-being that includes information about hotlines, counseling services, grief support, and more.

American Hospital Association (AHA): The AHA's website now includes regularly updated resources for healthcare clinicians and staff, as well as a special section dedicated to protecting and enabling healthcare workers in the midst of the pandemic.

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFP CME COVID-19: Physician Well-being in the Time of the Pandemic

Presented by Mark Greenawald, MD - Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Community Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTC) and UAFP Board President Kyle Bradford Jones, MD, FAAFP – Associate Professor (Clinical) in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Upon completion of this session:

Physicians should be able to apply skills learned in order to alleviate the stress and cope with the trauma experienced while providing care to patients in the time of a global pandemic.

Learners will be able to develop strategies that encourage peer-to-peer support within practice that can benefit well being during a crisis.

Physicians should be able to develop an actionable strategy to help them cope with stress and anxiety that aligns with their practice style, values, and availability.

Approved for 1.00 AAFP Prescribed credits.

Good Reads

Quotes from the Edge of Nowhere – The Art of Noticing Unnoticed Life Wisdoms: Excerpts from this book written by AAFP President Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP

AAFP Blogs

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