Focus on Physician Well-being

Finding Resiliency in Residency

Reversing Cycle of Burnout Starts With Knowing Yourself

Lauren Williams, M.D., a third-year resident at the North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Minneapolis, talks about the daily stress she faces and the tools and strategies she uses to help her maintain a healthy work-life balance, even with a hectic schedule. For her, avoiding burnout starts with knowing yourself and focusing on the things you value.

Third-year family medicine resident Lauren Williams, M.D.

'Medicine Is My Calling'

For This FP, Faith and Family Life Help Stave Off Burnout

When Stephen Dudley, M.D., swims in Puget Sound year-round, he's not just swimming. As he slices through the water, he's also praying. Dudley recently shared with AAFP News how his faith -- and a rich family life -- have helped protect him from burnout and made him a balanced, productive physician.

Stephen Dudley, M.D., and his son, Daniel, at a campfire

Out With the Old, In With the New

FP Achieves Wellness by Bucking Traditional Practice

Professional burnout is an all-too-common problem that plagues many family physicians. As part of the AAFP's strategic focus on overcoming professional burnout and cultivating physician well-being, AAFP News spoke with California native Chris Flores, M.D., a family physician who left traditional practice to open his own low-volume, low-overhead solo practice.

Chris Flores, M.D., with his wife, Maricela Fernandez

It's All About Perspective

Yoga, Volunteerism Help Medical Student Battle Burnout

Medical students are no strangers to burnout. Anna Askari, a fourth-year medical student at Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, says she's often felt burnt out. Askari recently spoke with AAFP News about how she copes with stress and burnout and how she plans to manage it as a resident and beyond.

AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., with AAFP Student Delegates to the AMA Anna Askari and Tyson Schwab

Take a Pause for the Cause

A Year's Reprieve in New Zealand Gives FP Fresh Perspective

In 2004, Wayne Strouse, M.D., temporarily shuttered his practice in Penn Yan, N.Y., packed up his family and moved to New Zealand, seeking refuge from burnout. The year away gave him perspective that fueled positive changes in the way he now lives and works. He recently shared his experiences and what he learned with AAFP News.

Wayne Strouse, M.D., with his wife and daughter in New Zealand

Tackle the Problem Head-on

Resident Confronts Burnout by Launching Wellness Program

Kristina Dakis, M.D., a second-year resident in the University of Illinois at Chicago Family Medicine Residency Program, recently gave AAFP News an inside look at her own experience with burnout early in her medical training and explains how it drove her to help create a medical student wellness program to combat it.

Second-year family medicine resident Kristina Dakis, M.D.

Find Your Joy Again

Embracing Whole-Person Care Key to Beating Burnout, Says FP

AAFP News recently spoke with Jamie Osborn, M.D., about her struggle with burnout and the tools she used to find joy once again in family medicine. Osborn, a married mother of two, relied on spirituality to help her regain a sense of balance after leaving her post as director of a fast-paced family medicine residency.

Jamie Osborne, M.D.

Recent AAFP News Coverage and Blog Posts on Physician Well-being

12/24/2019 — New research indicates that a concerning number of medical residents do not have a routine place for care, making them less likely to utilize valuable preventive screenings and services.

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12/04/2019 — A primary care residency program in Indiana has developed a winning formula to improve professional and personal well-being among both residents and faculty.

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Tackling Patients' Social Needs May Reduce Clinician Burnout

On-site Resources, Team Approach May Mitigate Symptoms

11/20/2019 — New research has found that when patients' social needs are adequately addressed, primary care clinicians may experience less burnout. Having social needs resources on site or nearby and having specialized staff in the clinic appeared to serve as an effective buffer to clinician burnout.

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11/13/2019 — Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that free time is undervalued in our society and that it's OK to say "no" to things that might overwhelm our schedules.

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09/23/2019 — As part of its ongoing effort to help family physicians increase professional satisfaction and fulfillment, the Academy has added a new assessment resource -- the Physician Well-being Index -- to its Physician Health First portal.

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Previous Focus on Physician Well-being Content

Physician Health First Kickoff

AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., launches the Academy's physician well-being initiative.

Explore the AAFP’s interactive web portal for resources dedicated to improving physician well-being.

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