• Resident Well-being and Burnout Prevention Project ECHO

    Burnout can happen to any resident, in any residency program. The Resident Well-being and Burnout Prevention (RWBP) Project ECHO helps restore and protect residents through free, online, peer-based learning sessions. 

    Due to the number of applications we receive, we strongly encourage applicants to answer questions with as much detail as possible. Only those applications that are completed and have acknowledged the program's requirements will be reviewed and considered for participation.

    How It Works

    As a structured program led by experts in well-being, this ECHO offers residency programs a way to increase morale and support their residents’ well-being. The RWBP ECHO will provide a neutral, confidential space for residents to learn about burnout and openly discuss issues affecting well-being.

    This program covers eight well-being topics at eight virtual sessions. RWBP ECHO faculty elevate the role equity plays in achieving well-being in each session and highlight the systematic challenges that lead to resident burnout.  

    Residents who participate in the ECHO will have the opportunity to develop expertise on well-being and get experience applying skills to work through challenges around burnout. The RWBP ECHO offers residents the chance to be part of a community that understands the struggles trainees face, and the hopes they have as family physicians.

    At each session, residents who attend will:

    • Introduce themselves and interact with each other in small breakout group activities
    • Hear a short didactic session on the topic
    • Have the opportunity to bring forward situations related to the topic that they would like to discuss as a group
    • Receive and offer advice and strategies for achieving a positive outcome

    Watch this video of AAFP Health Equity Project & Program Strategist Viannella Halsall and Dr. Bridget Lynch, Faculty Chair, providing an overview of the AAFP Resident Well-being and Burnout Prevention ECHO program. The password for the video is: ResidentECHO2023

    Benefits of Participating

    Improved well-being for your residents benefits them as individuals, professionals, and physicians who care for their community.

    Additionally, by participating in RWBP ECHO, your residents receive tangible benefits such as:

    • Learning evidence and techniques to bring back to your program and share with resident peers
    • Engaging in a Knowledge Self-Assessment Activity, which allows attendees in their final year of an ACGME program to obtain a mandatory requirement for board certification from the ABFM
    • Earning CME, if desired

    Application Criteria

    This program is designed for residency programs. Programs apply on behalf of their residents.

    • Programs must commit to sending at least three residents from their program to each of the 8 sessions offered. The residents do not need to be the same attendees for each session.
    • Special consideration is given to programs that are located in rural settings or are serving an underserved community.

    Spring 2024 ECHO Topics and Meeting Schedule


    • Resident Well-being and Burnout
    • Leading Your Path to Well-Being
    • Your Role as a Physician Leader
    • Joy in Medicine
    • Micro & Macro Aggressions in Medicine
    • Humanism, Creativity, & Self-reflection in Medicine
    • Ourselves: The Walking Wounded
    • Cultivating Relationships & Creating Boundaries to Avoid Burnout


    Sessions occur on Thursdays and are 1 hour long.

    • Session 1: 2/15/24, 2:00 PM Central Time 
    • Session 2: 2/29/24, 2:00 PM Central Time
    • Session 3: 3/14/24, 2:00 PM Central Time
    • Session 4: 3/28/24, 2:00 PM Central Time 
    • Session 5: 4/11/24, 2:00 PM Central Time
    • Session 6: 4/25/24, 2:00 PM Central Time
    • Session 7: 5/9/24, 2:00 PM Central Time
    • Session 8: 5/23/24, 2:00 PM Central Time

    Contact us

    If you have questions about the RWBP ECHO program or the application, please email Heather Woods, Manager, Career/Practice Education, at hwoods@aafp.org


    Physician Health First: Building Resiliency Intersectionally During Graduate Education (BRIDGE) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,200,002 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.