Practice Self Care

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Feel More Relaxed and Fulfilled

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Discover simple techniques to improve professional satisfaction.

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Physician Health First Local Events

Attend a Physician Health First presentation at your local AAFP Chapter.

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Feel More Relaxed and Fulfilled

Free CME: 1.25 AAFP Prescribed credits

Discover simple techniques to improve professional satisfaction.

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Stay in the Moment

Reduce stress through mindfulness.

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Burnt Out?

Discover how one FP filled her prescription at the gym. 

 

 

— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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Reframing Common Challenges

Put reframing into practice to overcome obstacles. 

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Your Patient Is Crying. What Do You Do?

Giving yourself empathy so you can stay compassionate when caring for patients.

-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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Tips for Making It Through Residency

Equip yourself with the right tools to make the best of your years in residency.
 

-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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A Poem for Physicians Who Care

What if EHRs, MIPS, MACRA all stood for something else--something truly meaningful?


-- FPM Journal

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Helping Others Just Might Help You, Too

How stepping away from your daily routine to volunteer may help fill your moral tank.


-- AAFP News: Leader Voices

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Apps to Organize Your Work and Your Life

Discover five mobile apps that will help boost your productivity at work and at home.
 

-- FPM Journal

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How Do You Deal With Vicarious Trauma?

Dealing with the trauma of caring for patients who have experienced violence.


-- AAFP News

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Keeping Your Empathy

Steps to focus on compassion during difficult patient encounters.


-- FPM Journal

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Reconnecting With Your Purpose

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

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Let Life Take You by Surprise

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

-- AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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FP Essentials: Physician Well-being

Understanding physician burnout and improving well-being.


-- FP Essentials

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Employment Contracts: Trends and Tips

What you can and should negotiate.

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Burnout and Women in Medicine

Why burnout hits female physicians harder.

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Physician Mental Health and Suicide

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

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Quick Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

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

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Five Ways to Cultivate Resilience

Resilience as a weapon against burnout.


-- FPM Journal

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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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Preventing Burnout in Residency

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


-- AMA Wire

 

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How's Your EQ?

Practical tips to boost your emotional intelligence.

 

-- FPM Journal

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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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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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Mobile Apps for Healthy Habits

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



-- FPM Journal

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Ten Strategies to Build Emotional Intelligence

Look inward to become more resilient and better manage stress.


-- FPM Journal

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A New Perspective on Stress

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

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Simple Steps to Improving Well-being

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

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Mindfulness at Work

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

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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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Find Your Inner Balance

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

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A Vision for the Future

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

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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

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Do Your Benefits Measure Up?

Contract negotiations that go beyond a competitive salary.


 

— FPM Journal

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How Did We Get Here?

Read about the five main causes of physician burnout. 

 

 

— FPM Journal

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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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Surviving Training

Residents and students: Get the support you need. 

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Health + Happiness

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

 



— TEDMED

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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

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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

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Advice for New Residents

Stay kind. Stay connected. Stay well. 



— AAFP News: Fresh Perspectives

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Four Tools for Reducing Burnout

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

 


— FPM Journal

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Joy and Purpose

Recognize the signs of professional burnout. 

 

 

— FPM Journal

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Is Physician Burnout a Heart Issue?

Discovering the connection between spirituality and wellness. 

 

— FPM Journal

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Q + A: Finding Your Joy Again

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

 

— AAFP News

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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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Listening Techniques

Improve patient care and increase professional satisfaction.  

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Feel Better

Simple steps to work into your well-being routine.

 

 

— FPM Journal

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Be Present

Practice giving your patients the gift of your presence.

 

-- FPM Journal

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Spirituality and Your Practice

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

 

-- FPM Journal

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Prioritize Your Sleep

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

 

-- American Psychological Association

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Assess and Improve Your Sleep

Prioritize your sleep and combat common sleep problems.

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Establish Healthy Eating Habits

Nourish your body with these healthy eating tips.

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Assess Your Heart Health

When it comes to self care, knowledge is power.

The AAFP Physician Health First initiative is devoted to improving the well-being and professional satisfaction of family physicians. The initiative addresses the key causes of physician burnout, 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

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