Physician Health First

Physician Health First

Your health before all else.

It's time to put your health first. By prioritizing your well-being you can help reverse the trend toward physician burnout and stay passionate about your purpose: quality patient care.
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AAFP Foundation

The AAFP Physician Health First initiative is made possible by your generous contributions to the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

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My Well-being Resources

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

Individual

Career & Financial Well-being
READ
A Good Goodbye

Six things to help you say goodbye when it's time to move on.


-- FPM Journal

READ
Employment Contracts: Trends and Tips

What you can and should negotiate.

DISCOVER
Love What You Do Again

Can a practice model rejuvenate your passion for doctoring?

READ
A Non-traditional Path to Joy and Balance

Urban doctor practices full breadth of training and finds joy in DPC and rural locums.


-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

DISCOVER
Finding Fulfillment in Different Types of Work

How Raul Ayala, MD, is finding joy by blending administrative and clinical work.

DISCOVER
Finding Fulfillment in a Concierge Practice

Why a concierge practice model is the right choice for Thomas La Grelius, MD, FAAFP.

DISCOVER
Finding Fulfillment in an Independent Group Practice

Why an independent group practice is the right choice for Scott Dunn, MD, FAAFP.

ASSESS
Do Your Benefits Measure Up?

Contract negotiations that go beyond a competitive salary.


 

— 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

READ
Bypassing Burnout

For employed physicians, focus on what you can change.

 



— FPM Journal

LEARN
Employment Contract FAQs

Know the basics before you negotiate an agreement.

 

Identifying & Assessing
LEARN
FP Essentials: Physician Well-being

Understanding physician burnout and improving well-being.


-- FP Essentials

READ
Physician Mental Health and Suicide

Why physicians are at higher risk of suicide and how to combat the mental health stigma in medicine.

ASSESS
Why MBI?

Discover how the MBI measures burnout and why it matters. 

WATCH
A New Perspective on Stress

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

WATCH
Find Your Inner Balance

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

ASSESS
How's Your Team Doing?

Learn to spot the signs of team stress.



— FPM Journal

RECOGNIZE
How Did We Get Here?

Read about the five main causes of physician burnout. 

 

 

— FPM Journal

TRY
Stressed Practice Team?

Use the Stress-APGAR to convert distress into vigor. 

 

— Harvard Business Review

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

Mindfulness
WATCH
Reconnecting With Your Purpose

Taking time to reflect on the reasons you chose a career in medicine.

LEARN
Feel More Relaxed and Fulfilled

Free CME: 1.25 AAFP Prescribed credits

Discover simple techniques to improve professional satisfaction.

WATCH
Simple Steps to Improving Well-being

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

TRY
Stay in the Moment

Reduce stress through mindfulness.

WATCH
Wellness Wednesdays Webinars

This webinar series focuses on enhancing professional and personal wellness.


-- Ohio Academy of Family Physicians

RELATE
Choosing Happiness

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


-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

RELATE
A Prescription for Self-reflection

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


-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

ENGAGE
Mindfulness at Work

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

READ
Q+A: Resiliency in Residency

Finding the tools to connect with your purpose.



AAFP News

DISCOVER
Keep Current

Dig deeper into the latest resources on well-being.

 

 

— WellMD, Stanford Medicine

RELATE
Finding Kindness

Well-being comes from within.  

 


 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

ENGAGE
Joy and Purpose

Recognize the signs of professional burnout. 

 

 

— FPM Journal

READ
Feel Better

Simple steps to work into your well-being routine.

 

 

— FPM Journal

TRY
Be Present

Practice giving your patients the gift of your presence.

 

-- FPM Journal

Nutrition
WATCH
Quick Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle on a busy physician's schedule.

TRY
Mobile Apps for Healthy Habits

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



-- FPM Journal

DO
Establish Healthy Eating Habits

Nourish your body with these healthy eating tips.

Physical Activity
FOLLOW
Burnt Out?

Discover how one FP filled her prescription at the gym. 

 

 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

DISCOVER
Six Fitness Mobile Apps to Try

Push yourself--and your patients--to get active with these fitness mobile apps.


-- FPM Journal

WATCH
Quick Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle on a busy physician's schedule.

RELATE
Get Fit

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

 

-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

TRY
Mobile Apps for Healthy Habits

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



-- FPM Journal

READ
Q+A: Resiliency in Residency

Finding the tools to connect with your purpose.



AAFP News

DISCOVER
Keep Current

Dig deeper into the latest resources on well-being.

 

 

— WellMD, Stanford Medicine

DO
Assess Your Heart Health

When it comes to self care, knowledge is power.

Relationships
DISCOVER
Ten Strategies to Build Emotional Intelligence

Look inward to become more resilient and better manage stress.


-- FPM Journal

RELATE
Crafting a Life That You Enjoy

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

 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

TRY
Reframing Common Challenges

Put reframing into practice to overcome obstacles. 

RELATE
Burnout and Women in Medicine

Why burnout hits female physicians harder.

RELATE
Preventing Burnout in Residency

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


-- AMA Wire

 

DISCOVER
How's Your EQ?

Practical tips to boost your emotional intelligence.

 

-- FPM Journal

RELATE
A Prescription for Self-reflection

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


-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

WATCH
A New Perspective on Stress

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

RELATE
It's OK to Be Vulnerable

Dealing with the emotional burden of medicine.



— FPM Journal

READ
Q+A: Resiliency in Residency

Finding the tools to connect with your purpose.



AAFP News

TRY
A New Outlook on Challenges

Reframe to find joy.





— FPM Journal

LEARN
Change Your Mindset

Discover techniques to support your own well-being. 

RELATE
Finding Kindness

Well-being comes from within.  

 


 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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

DISCOVER
Q + A: Finding Your Joy Again

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

 

— AAFP News

TRY
Listening Techniques

Improve patient care and increase professional satisfaction.  

TRY
Be Present

Practice giving your patients the gift of your presence.

 

-- FPM Journal

Resilience
WATCH
Reconnecting With Your Purpose

Taking time to reflect on the reasons you chose a career in medicine.

READ
Physician Mental Health and Suicide

Why physicians are at higher risk of suicide and how to combat the mental health stigma in medicine.

DO
Let Life Take You by Surprise

Stave off burnout by recharging and reinforcing the things that drew you into medicine.

-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

RELATE
Burnout and Women in Medicine

Why burnout hits female physicians harder.

READ
Five Ways to Cultivate Resilience

Resilience as a weapon against burnout.


-- FPM Journal

READ
Finding Resilience Despite Setbacks

For David Loxterkamp, MD, disappointment led to restoration.


 

— AAFP News

DISCOVER
Keep Current

Dig deeper into the latest resources on well-being.

 

 

— WellMD, Stanford Medicine

ENGAGE
Joy and Purpose

Recognize the signs of professional burnout. 

 

 

— FPM Journal

Sleep
WATCH
Quick Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle on a busy physician's schedule.

READ
Prioritize Your Sleep

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

 

-- American Psychological Association

TRY
Assess and Improve Your Sleep

Prioritize your sleep and combat common sleep problems.

Spirituality
WATCH
Reconnecting With Your Purpose

Taking time to reflect on the reasons you chose a career in medicine.

READ
Q+A: Finding Strength in Faith

During challenging times, rely on faith and family.



AAFP News

READ
Is Physician Burnout a Heart Issue?

Discovering the connection between spirituality and wellness. 

 

— FPM Journal

DISCOVER
Q + A: Finding Your Joy Again

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

 

— AAFP News

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

The AAFP Physician Health First initiative is devoted to improving the well-being and professional satisfaction of family physicians. The initiative takes a holistic approach by recognizing and addressing the key causes of physician burnout at every level of the family physician ecosystem, including the hectic U.S. health care system, the organizations where family physicians work, their practice environment, their individual well-being, and the physician culture that often encourages self-sacrifice over self-care.  Learn more

If you are having suicidal thoughts and need emergency help, call 911 or (800) 273-8255 immediately.