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APMA cares about you and your health. We have identified and reviewed many resources on the subject of clinician well-being and burnout. Take some time to learn more about burnout, the importance of work-life balance, and how to talk about substance abuse, suicide, and other difficult topics. APMA is committed to collaborate with other concerned organizations to end clinician burnout.

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Resiliency and Wellness

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APMA cares about you and your health. We have identified and reviewed many resources concerning clinician well-being and burnout.

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Mental Health, Substance Recovery Support, and Suicide Prevention

APMA's Physicians' Recovery Network (PRN)
The Physicians’ Recovery Network identifies available resources for impaired (whether by substance abuse, physical or mental conditions) for podiatric physicians and/or members of the podiatric medical family to assist them to return to full life and effective professional practice. Biff Kramer, DPM, provides a 10-minute video introduction on how substance use disorders/addiction issues can happen to anyone—explaining how even the best and brightest can have up to a 20-percent chance at developing personally harmful substance habits. But with a little support, about 80 percent of affected physicians make a full recovery. Dr. Kramer introduces how the APMA's PRN serves members with great dedication, discretion, and empathy for doctors impacted by this issue.

The Physician Support Line is a free service for physicians and medical students who are looking for mental health advice and support. Volunteer psychiatrists who are specially trained in mental wellness are available seven days a week to discuss immediate life stressors. All calls are completely confidential and no appointment is necessary.

International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous
International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous (IDAA) is a fellowship of doctors and their families whose primary purpose is to support one another in recovery from alcoholism and other drug addictions. The website provides information and resources for members, their families, and friends. The IDAA HelpLine is a network of volunteer doctors who talk to other doctors about addiction or related problems. The IDAA helps members find local meetings in their area.  

Federation of State Medical Boards: Physician Wellness and Burnout   
The report and recommendations of the Workgroup on Physician Wellness and Burnout of the Federation of State Medical Boards approach physician wellness and burnout from a non-punitive perspective to advance a positive cultural change that reduces the stigma among and about physicians seeking treatment for mental, behavioral, physical, or other medical needs of their own.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The National Institute of Mental Health is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders and is devoted to transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses. Through clinical research, education and awareness, NIMH is working towards a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is a federally supported resource center with a variety of information aimed at understanding the scope of the suicide problem in the US and advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

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Additional Resources

Resiliency and Wellness

AAMC News: Building a Framework for Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and APMA's Statement of Support
The American Podiatric Medical Association and National Academy of Medicine members commit to collaboration while combating clinician burnout not only through identification of evidence-based effective ways to alleviate factors of physician burnout, but by effecting delivery of these means with immediacy. Physician burnout is contributing to an American health-care crisis from an increasing shortage of physicians.

Ending Physician Burnout: It’s Time for Physicians to Take Back Control of Their Environment and How They Deliver Care
This article by Bridget Duffy, MD, chief medical officer at Vocera, discusses the importance of physician well-being and how streamlined technologies can help mitigate physician burnout.

Federation of State Medical Boards: Physician Wellness and Burnout   
The report and recommendations of the Workgroup on Physician Wellness and Burnout of the Federation of State Medical Boards approach physician wellness and burnout from a non-punitive perspective to advance a positive cultural change that reduces the stigma among and about physicians seeking treatment for mental, behavioral, physical, or other medical needs of their own.

Medscape National Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2018
Medscape’s National Physician Burnout & Depression Report describes the variety of factors that contribute to physician burnout.

New England Journal of Medicine Perspective: To Care Is Human 
"To Care is Human—Collectively Confronting the Clinician-Burnout Crisis" tackles four central goals: increasing the visibility of clinician stress and burnout; improving health-care organizations’ baseline understanding of the challenges to clinician well-being; identifying evidence-based solutions; and monitoring the effectiveness of implementation of these solutions.

ScienceDaily Medical Errors and Physician Burnout Article
This article, "Medical errors may stem more from physician burnout than unsafe health care settings," links physician burnout to medical error, and reports on the national epidemic of high burnout linked to suicide.

STAT Moral Injury Article
This article, "Physicians aren’t 'burning out.' They’re suffering from moral injury," identifies physician burnout as a symptom of the broken health-care system, resulting in moral injury as physicians are forced to go against their will to provide high-quality care. 

Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Suicide Prevention

AAMC News: When Physicians Become Patients
This article reflects a call to action from Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and CEO of AAMC. As a psychiatrist, he has treated physicians for burnout, depression, and suicidal ideation. He discusses the upward trend of this ideation and its toll, which is not only personal, but also professional, affecting patient care.

AMA Model Bill: Physician Health Programs Act
This act was created to allow for early identification of physicians with potentially impairing conditions (e.g., substance abuse, mental health, medical disease), in order to provide them with access to professional resources and support.

Medscape Article: Physicians Experience Highest Suicide Rate of Any Profession
The alarming one-per-day completed-suicide rate among physicians, residents, and medical students (28–40/100,00, double the rate of the general population), is driven mainly by the stigma within this group related to seeking professional help for depression, alcoholism, and treatable mental disorders. Growing awareness of this problem has allowed for implementation of initiatives to prevent physician suicide. Open discussions allow physicians, residents, and medical students to view suicide as an illness that needs treatment in an effort to shed the stigma that is acting as a major obstacle to seeking professional care.

Medscape Article: Resident Suicide: A Tragedy, and What Can Help?
A brief discussion of burnout among residents and medical students. 

Medscape Article: Study Identifies Risk Factors for Physician Suicide
Several risk factors for suicide among healthcare professionals are identified, including age.

NIMH Answers Questions About Suicide
This fact sheet answers some common questions about suicide and suicide prevention among teens and young adults. The NIMH also provides digital resources to spread the word about suicide prevention.

Suicide in America Frequently Asked Questions
This NIMH brochure covers suicide risk in people of all genders and age groups.

Warning Signs of Suicide
This NIMH infographic presents behaviors and feelings that may be warnings signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
This NIMH infographic presents five steps for helping someone in emotional pain in order to prevent suicide.

Preventing Suicide
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet highlights the public health impact of suicide and strategies to prevent suicide. The CDC also provides A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices for communities and states.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The US National Library of Medicine provides information about suicide.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is a public-private partnership that is advancing the national strategy for suicide prevention.

#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond.

Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) is a free screening resource for medical settings (e.g., emergency departments, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/primary care) that can help successfully identify youth at risk for suicide.

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