Our mission is to foster a culture of health and well-being by providing the resources to help faculty and staff thrive personally and professionally, enabling them to provide the highest quality of care to patients.
The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to work-life balance and the health and well-being of our faculty and staff. Our award-winning Faculty Wellness Program offers a variety of services, programs and activities that promote faculty wellness and provide a positive supportive work environment that allows our clinicians to provide the highest quality compassionate medical care.
Created in 2016, our program employs a multifaceted approach to reduce rates of faculty burnout and enhance professional productivity by maximizing the well-being of physicians and increasing clinical and extra-clinical professional satisfaction. We offer support programs, shift times adjustments, faculty breaks, mentoring, recreational activities and social events.
Scribes; shift breaks; staffing; seniority night shift reduction; efficient and supportive working environment; annual well-being survey
Regular peer support group; Psychiatry liaison/confidential therapy sessions; National Physician Suicide Awareness Day; Wellness committee members on call for support
Professional Sabbatical program, Transcendental Meditation pilot program, Meditation tablets by Sufi Psychology Association; Education on burnout, medical malpractice stress, second victim syndrome; Narrative medicine program
Social events to foster teamwork and community
Positive feedback initiative from patient surveys
The Second Victim Syndrome and Medical Malpractice Stress Syndrome are defined in part by guilt and shame, both of which lead to isolation for the suffering physician. The best source of support is each other. The goal of Doc Box, a peer support group of sorts, is to show faculty, both new and senior, that they are never alone. Throughout a career in Emergency Medicine, we all face tragedy, error, death, and litigation, and we hope to support each other through these difficult times by sharing our stories and learning from each other’s coping methods. Doc Box is also a place to identify what gives us meaning and purpose. We share our practices for sustaining joy throughout a clinical career in an effort to prevent burnout and foster joy in medicine.