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J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2012 Jan;5(1):64-9. doi: 10.4103/0974-2700.93117.

Strategies for coping with stress in emergency medicine: Early education is vital.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Physician burnout has received considerable attention in the literature and impacts a large number of emergency medicine physicians, but there is no standardized curriculum for wellness in resident education. A culture change is needed to educate about wellness, adopt a preventative and proactive approach, and focus on resiliency.

DISCUSSION:

We describe a novel approach to wellness education by focusing on resiliency rather than the unintended endpoint of physician burnout. One barrier to adoption of wellness education has been establishing legitimacy among emergency medicine (EM) residents and educators. We discuss a change in the language of wellness education and provide several specific topics to facilitate the incorporation of these topics in resident education.

CONCLUSION:

Wellness education and a culture of training that promotes well-being will benefit EM residents. Demonstrating the impact of several factors that positively affect emergency physicians may help to facilitate alert residents to the importance of practicing activities that will result in wellness. A change in culture and focus on resiliency is needed to adequately address and optimize physician self-care.

KEYWORDS:

Education; emergency medicine; resident; wellness

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