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West J Emerg Med. 2018 Mar;19(2):342-345. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2017.11.36240. Epub 2018 Feb 19.

Identifying Gaps and Launching Resident Wellness Initiatives: The 2017 Resident Wellness Consensus Summit.

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1
University of Calgary, Department of Emergency Medicine, Alberta, Canada.
2
Mayo Clinic, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota.
3
George Washington University, Department of Emergency Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia.
4
Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, Detroit, Michigan.
5
Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, New York, New York.
6
University of California San Francisco, Department of Emergency Medicine, San Francisco, California.
7
University of Texas Southwestern, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dallas, Texas.

Abstract

Introduction:

Burnout, depression, and suicidality among residents of all specialties have become a critical focus for the medical education community, especially among learners in graduate medical education. In 2017 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) updated the Common Program Requirements to focus more on resident wellbeing. To address this issue, one working group from the 2017 Resident Wellness Consensus Summit (RWCS) focused on wellness program innovations and initiatives in emergency medicine (EM) residency programs.

Methods:

Over a seven-month period leading up to the RWCS event, the Programmatic Initiatives workgroup convened virtually in the Wellness Think Tank, an online, resident community consisting of 142 residents from 100 EM residencies in North America. A 15-person subgroup (13 residents, two faculty facilitators) met at the RWCS to develop a public, central repository of initiatives for programs, as well as tools to assist programs in identifying gaps in their overarching wellness programs.

Results:

An online submission form and central database of wellness initiatives were created and accessible to the public. Wellness Think Tank members collected an initial 36 submissions for the database by the time of the RWCS event. Based on general workplace, needs-assessment tools on employee wellbeing and Kern's model for curriculum development, a resident-based needs-assessment survey and an implementation worksheet were created to assist residency programs in wellness program development.

Conclusion:

The Programmatic Initiatives workgroup from the resident-driven RWCS event created tools to assist EM residency programs in identifying existing initiatives and gaps in their wellness programs to meet the ACGME's expanded focus on resident wellbeing.

PMID:
29560064
PMCID:
PMC5851509
DOI:
10.5811/westjem.2017.11.36240
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Conflict of interest statement

Conflicts of Interest: By the WestJEM article submission agreement, all authors are required to disclose all affiliations, funding sources and financial or management relationships that could be perceived as potential sources of bias. No author has professional or financial relationships with any companies that are relevant to this study. There are no conflicts of interest or sources of funding to declare.

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