Physician Health First

Your health before all else.

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See how Physician Health First provides the resources to support your well-being.

Caring for your patients starts with caring for yourself. Discover why improving physician well-being is our mission and how we are working to reverse the trend toward family physician burnout and fatigue.
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Self check.

How are you doing? Assess your level of burnout with the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI).
 
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Focus on inner balance.

Watch the 2017 FMX General Session featuring author and wellness advocate Deepak Chopra, MD, to hear about a new approach to well-being.
 
 
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Improve patient relationships (and your health).

Discover techniques to improve professional satisfaction. Watch Becoming a More Relaxed, Healthy Physician, presented by Jay Winner, MD, FAAFP.

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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)

 


My Well-being Resources

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.

LEARN
Feel More Relaxed and Fulfilled

Free CME: 1.25 AAFP Prescribed credits

Discover simple techniques to improve professional satisfaction.

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.

FOLLOW
Advocacy and Family Medicine Series

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

RELATE
Crafting a Life That You Enjoy

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

 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

READ
Finding Resilience Despite Setbacks

For David Loxterkamp, MD, disappointment led to restoration.


 

— AAFP News

RELATE
Change Is Hard

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




Family Practice Management

DO
Lead Up in Your Organization

Build influence to be more effective.


 

— Family Practice Management

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

READ
Employment Contracts: Trends and Tips

What you can and should negotiate.

READ
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.



— Family Practice Management

RELATE
It's OK to Be Vulnerable

Dealing with the emotional burden of medicine.



— Family Practice Management

READ
Q+A: Don't Forget to Breathe

In medical school, high-stress times demand perspective.



AAFP News

READ
Q+A: Finding Strength in Faith

During challenging times, rely on faith and family.



AAFP News

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.





— Family Practice Management

ASSESS
Do Your Benefits Measure Up?

Contract negotiations that go beyond a competitive salary.


 

— Family Practice Management

LEARN
Change Your Mindset

Discover techniques to support your own well-being. 

RELATE
Surviving Training

Residents and students: Get the support you need. 

TRY
Physician Leadership

Reignite your passion for family medicine. 

SIMPLIFY
Joy in Care

Return joy to patient care with lean transformation. 

RELATE
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

JOIN
Family Physician Action Network

Be heard in Washington. Unite with fellow FPs. 

DISCOVER
Health + Happiness

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

 



— TEDMED

ENGAGE
Go Team (-based care)!

Do what you do best.

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

RELATE
Finding Kindness

Well-being comes from within.  

 


 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

READ
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

READ
Bypassing Burnout

For employed physicians, focus on what you can change.

 



— Family Practice Management

LEARN
Eight Ways to Lower Stress

Address the stress (and get home sooner). 

 


— Family Practice Management

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. 

 


— Family Practice Management

ENGAGE
Joy and Purpose

Recognize the signs of professional burnout. 

 

 

— Family Practice Management

READ
Is Physician Burnout a Heart Issue?

Discovering the connection between spirituality and wellness. 

 

— Family Practice Management

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

RECOGNIZE
How Did We Get Here?

Read about the five main causes of physician burnout. 

 

 

— Family Practice Management

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

See how one doc took a departure from traditional practice. 

 

 

— AAFP News

TRY
Stressed Practice Team?

Use the Stress-APGAR to convert distress into vigor. 

 

— Harvard Business Review

READ
Strength in Members

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

 

 

— AAFP News: Leader Voices

READ
Sympathy Pains

When patients suffer, physicians feel it, too.

 

 

— Family Practice Management

DISCOVER
Cutting Through the Red Tape

Learn how the AAFP is working toward administrative simplification.  

ENGAGE
Mindfulness at Work

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

READ
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. 

LEARN
Protecting Physician Payment

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

READ
Feel Better

Simple steps to work into your well-being routine.

 

 

— Family Practice Management

FOLLOW
Advocacy and Family Medicine Series

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

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.