Physician Health First

Physician Health First

Your health before all else.

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Caring for your patients starts with caring for yourself. Discover the family physician ecosystem, and learn how we are working to improve physician well-being and reverse the trend toward burnout.
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Assess your level of burnout with the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI).

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Plan your path to well-being.

The AAFP’s Well-being Planner helps you identify, customize, and track your well-being goals.

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Stay strong in 2019.

 

Attend the second
Family Physician Health and Well-being Conference,
June 5-8 in Phoenix, AZ.
 
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The AAFP Physician Health First initiative is made possible by your generous contributions to the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation(www.aafpfoundation.org)

Team-based care to the rescue.

Learn how leveraging the team's strengths can help improve relationships with patients and improve your professional satisfaction.

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Stay strong in 2019.

 

Attend the second
Family Physician Health and Well-being Conference,
June 5-8 in Phoenix, AZ.
 
Learn More

The AAFP Physician Health First initiative is made possible by your generous contributions to the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation(www.aafpfoundation.org)

My Well-being Resources

Start your well-being journey: Use the filter options below to select topics.

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EHRs Have Failed to Deliver

EHR market needs competition to drive innovation.


-- In the Trenches

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Humility and Leadership

How to keep ego from getting in the way of effective teamwork.


-- FPM Journal

DISCOVER
Innovation as an Antidote to Burnout

Leveraging novel ideas to address physician burnout.


-- AAFP News Opinion

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30-Plus Years of Happiness in Practice

Eight lessons to avoid burnout and enjoy medicine.


-- FPM Journal

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Choosing Happiness

In face of a broken health care system, take time to stay in the moment.


-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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Part 3: A Thriving Practice Culture

Develop supportive relationships at work to create a positive practice culture.

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Preventing Burnout in Residency

Strong support and relationships are key to resident well-being.


-- AMA Wire

 

ENGAGE
Immunize Against Burnout

Exercising our collective power to effect change.

 

-- FPM Journal

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Leverage the Team for Increased Satisfaction

How one practice improved access, metrics, and satisfaction with a team approach.

-- FPM Journal

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Working With Medical Scribes: Observations

What we can learn from a one-year study on the use of scribes to alleviate clerical burden.

-- Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine

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It's Not Enough to Focus on Burnout

Creating joy in practice can improve patient experience and help physicians find meaning.


-- Journal of Healthcare Management

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Can Scribes Boost Efficiency and Satisfaction?

Study suggests scribes can enhance physicians' experience.
 

-- The Journal of Family Practice

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Improve Your Relationship With Health IT

Discover how you can use your EHR to foster human connection.

ENGAGE
AAFP Leadership Conference

Attend this can't-miss experience for all leaders.

ENGAGE
Develop Your Leadership Skills

Connect with peers and find opportunities to enhance your leadership skills.

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Part 2: A Thriving Practice Culture

When it comes to practice culture, your mindset matters.

TRY
Share Your Experience

Mentor someone to improve your own well-being.

TRY
Embrace Change

Quick tips for your practice transformation efforts.

DISCOVER
How's Your EQ?

Practical tips to boost your emotional intelligence.

 

-- FPM Journal

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What If EMRs Were Designed for Physicians?

Can the next-generation EMR reduce administrative burden?

 

-- NEJM Catalyst

RECOGNIZE
Are We Being Primed for Burnout?

How medical training institutionalizes norms that contribute to physician burnout.

 

-- NEJM Catalyst

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Date Night With the EHR

Administrative burden continues to be one of the main sources of physician burnout.

 

-- NEJM Catalyst

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Bad TV

When pop culture perpetuates the culture of shame in medicine.

 

-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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Get Fit

Simple habits to help you get your health back on track.

 

-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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Team-based Care to the Rescue

Effective task-sharing may reduce physician burnout among primary care providers.

 

-- AAFP News

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Building Resilience

Suggestions for a systems approach to preventing burnout.


 

-- AAFP News: Leader Voices

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Advocacy and Family Medicine Series

Why Kevin Wong, MD, CMD, FAAFP, chooses to advocate for medicine and health care.

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Telemedicine: Plan for Success

Tips to help you successfully implement telemedicine in your practice.

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A Prescription for Self-reflection

Three books written by physicians that offer answers on resilience and mortality.


-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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Rethinking Workflow for Greater Efficiency

Reverse traditional roles in the exam room to jump-start patient visits.

-- FPM Journal

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Mobile Apps for Healthy Habits

Apps that can help you and your patients keep those New Year's resolutions.



-- FPM Journal

DISCOVER
Ten Strategies to Build Emotional Intelligence

Look inward to become more resilient and better manage stress.


-- FPM Journal

DO
Five Leadership Habits to Embrace

Skills to help you lead even if you are not in a formal leadership role.

FOLLOW
Part 1: A Thriving Practice Culture

Discover how physicians can be the catalyst for change in their practice.

LEARN
Feel More Relaxed and Fulfilled

Free CME: 1.25 AAFP Prescribed credits

Discover simple techniques to improve professional satisfaction.

WATCH
A New Perspective on Stress

Deepak Chopra, MD, on how stress affects your health and well-being.

WATCH
Simple Steps to Improving Well-being

Deepak Chopra, MD, shares stress reduction tools and tips.

ENGAGE
Mindfulness at Work

Try a new outlook to support your own well-being. 

LEARN
Leadership Skills for Non-leaders

Free CME: 1.25 AAFP Prescribed credits

Everyday skills that benefit you, your practice, and your patients.

LEARN
Create a Thriving Practice Culture

Free CME: 1.25 AAFP Prescribed credits

How to intentionally design a culture that promotes joy in practice.

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Advocacy and Family Medicine Series

Why Sarah Sams, MD, FAAFP, is making her voice heard.

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Crafting a Life That You Enjoy

How Beth Oller, MD, restructured her life to start enjoying it again.

 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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Finding Resilience Despite Setbacks

For David Loxterkamp, MD, disappointment led to restoration.


 

— AAFP News

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Change Is Hard

Real-world lessons that can help you implement changes for a new care model.




FPM Journal

DO
Lead Up in Your Organization

Build influence to be more effective.


 

— FPM Journal

WATCH
Find Your Inner Balance

Deepak Chopra, MD, shares a new approach to well-being.

TRY
Stay in the Moment

Reduce stress through mindfulness.

TRY
Reframe to Thrive

A technique to deal with challenging situations.

READ
Focusing on Patients, Not Paperwork

Making our voices heard to keep the focus on patient care.


 

— AAFP News: Leader Voices

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Employment Contracts: Trends and Tips

What you can and should negotiate.

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The Burden of Paperwork

Advocating for meaningful administrative relief.


 

— In the Trenches

WATCH
A Vision for the Future

The AAFP President's vision for a fulfilling career in family medicine.

WATCH
It's Not You. It's the System.

How the AAFP is taking on the key causes of physician burnout.

ASSESS
How's Your Team Doing?

Learn to spot the signs of team stress.



— FPM Journal

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It's OK to Be Vulnerable

Dealing with the emotional burden of medicine.



— FPM Journal

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Q+A: Don't Forget to Breathe

In medical school, high-stress times demand perspective.



AAFP News

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Q+A: Finding Strength in Faith

During challenging times, rely on faith and family.



AAFP News

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Q+A: Resiliency in Residency

Finding the tools to connect with your purpose.



AAFP News

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A New Outlook on Challenges

Reframe to find joy.





— FPM Journal

ASSESS
Do Your Benefits Measure Up?

Contract negotiations that go beyond a competitive salary.


 

— FPM Journal

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Physician Leadership

Reignite your passion for family medicine. 

SIMPLIFY
Joy in Care

Return joy to patient care with lean transformation. 

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Root Causes

Executives take the charge on addressing the burnout crisis. 

 

 

— Health Affairs Blog

LEARN
Trust the Doctors

For best results, let physicians do what they do best: care for patients.

 

 

— NEJM Catalyst

FOLLOW
Advocacy and Family Medicine Series

Read how Randy Wexler, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is making a difference for himself and his patients. 

LEARN
Eight Ways to Lower Stress

Address the stress (and get home sooner). 

 


— FPM Journal

JOIN
Advocate for Family Medicine

Be heard in Washington. Unite with fellow FPs. 

ENGAGE
Go Team (-based care)!

Do what you do best.

DISCOVER
Cutting Through the Red Tape

Learn how the AAFP is working toward administrative simplification.  

LEARN
Protecting Physician Payment

Gain an overview of what’s happening and where we’re headed. 

ENGAGE
Better Practice Efficiency, Less Stress

Thrive in the new health care environment. 

 


— American Medical Association

DISCOVER
Joy in Practice

Achieve greater joy in practice through innovation. 

RECOGNIZE
How Did We Get Here?

Read about the five main causes of physician burnout. 

 

 

— FPM Journal

DISCOVER
Q + A: Out With the Old, In With the New

See how one doc took a departure from traditional practice. 

 

— AAFP News

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Stressed Practice Team?

Use the Stress-APGAR to convert distress into vigor. 

 

— Harvard Business Review

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Strength in Members

Find out how the AAFP is battling burnout on the frontlines.

 

 

— AAFP News: Leader Voices

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Sympathy Pains

When patients suffer, physicians feel it, too.

 

 

— FPM Journal

LEARN
Change Your Mindset

Discover techniques to support your own well-being. 

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Surviving Training

Residents and students: Get the support you need. 

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Women in Family Medicine

Are you ready to #inspirecreatelead?

WATCH
Stronger Together

Stuck on lather, rinse, repeat? Reclaim your purpose and disrupt the system.

 

 

— TEDMED

WATCH
To Err is Human

Rethinking our perception of perfection may lead to better patient outcomes. 

 

 

— TEDMED

DISCOVER
Health + Happiness

The biggest factor in health? Happiness. Learn to cultivate it.

 



— TEDMED

DO
Working on Well-being

Use this step-by-step toolkit to plan to practice well-being.

— University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine

DISCOVER
Keep Current

Dig deeper into the latest resources on well-being.

 

 

— WellMD, Stanford Medicine

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Finding Kindness

Well-being comes from within.  

 


 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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Bypassing Burnout

For employed physicians, focus on what you can change.

 



— FPM Journal

RELATE
Advice for New Residents

Stay kind. Stay connected. Stay well. 



— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

DISCOVER
Four Tools for Reducing Burnout

Work-life what? Try these tactics to find balance. 

 


— FPM Journal

ENGAGE
Joy and Purpose

Recognize the signs of professional burnout. 

 

 

— FPM Journal

READ
Is Physician Burnout a Heart Issue?

Discovering the connection between spirituality and wellness. 

 

— FPM Journal

FOLLOW
Burnt Out?

Discover how one FP filled her prescription at the gym. 

 

 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

DISCOVER
Q + A: Finding Your Joy Again

Beat burnout and find joy again. Read a fellow FP's journey. 

 

— AAFP News

DISCOVER
Q + A: Taking a Pause for the Cause

Less can equal more. Gain an FP’s perspective from New Zealand.



— AAFP News

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Q+A: Tackle the Problem Head-on

Hear from one resident who created a medical student program to combat burnout.


— AAFP News

ASSESS
Surviving vs. Thriving

Take steps to reposition yourself on the well-being continuum.

ASSESS
Why MBI?

Discover how the MBI measures burnout and why it matters. 

TRY
Listening Techniques

Improve patient care and increase professional satisfaction.  

TRY
Reframing Common Challenges

Put reframing into practice to overcome obstacles. 

READ
Feel Better

Simple steps to work into your well-being routine.

 

 

— FPM Journal

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From Triple to Quadruple Aim

Care of the patient requires care of the provider.

 

-- Annals of Family Medicine

LEARN
Employment Contract FAQs

Know the basics before you negotiate an agreement.

 

TRY
Be Present

Practice giving your patients the gift of your presence.

 

-- FPM Journal

READ
Spirituality and Your Practice

Stay open to your patients' spiritual needs and your own.

 

-- FPM Journal

READ
Prioritize Your Sleep

When you sacrifice sleep, you sacrifice your health and well-being.

 

-- American Psychological Association

LEARN
Compassion in Action

The Schwartz Center aims to improve health care delivery by improving support for care providers.

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NAM Action Collaborative

More than 130 organizations are committed to reversing burnout.

LEARN
Organizational Strategies to Tackle Burnout

Details from Mayo Clinic Proceedings

LEARN
Understand Telemedicine

Explore the ins and outs of telemedicine.

WATCH
Getting Paid for What You Do Best

These AAFP webcasts can help you maximize payment.

TRY
Assess and Improve Your Sleep

Prioritize your sleep and combat common sleep problems.

DO
Establish Healthy Eating Habits

Nourish your body with these healthy eating tips.

DO
Assess Your Heart Health

When it comes to self care, knowledge is power.

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