Activating health system change to promote physician well-being
The 2019 American Conference on Physician Health (ACPH) is a scientific conference
sponsored by the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic
and Stanford University.
Hosts of the ACPH Conference
American Medical Associationama-assn.org
The American Medical Association is the physicians’ powerful ally in patient care. As the only medical association that convenes 190+ state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders, the AMA represents physicians with a unified voice to all key players in health care. The AMA leverages its strength by removing the obstacles that interfere with patient care, leading the charge to prevent chronic disease and confront public health crises and, driving the future of medicine to tackle the biggest challenges in health care. Helping health systems and clinical practices succeed in their transformation journey is critical to the AMA. The AMA developed evidence-based, field-tested solutions to guide physicians and care teams each step of the way. Increasing efficiencies, improving patient care and enhancing professional satisfaction—these are what increase Joy in Medicine™ and make the journey worthwhile.
The Stanford Medicine WellMD Center was created in late 2015 and jointly funded by the School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children's Health. The mission of the WellMD Center is to "To advance the well-being of physicians and those they serve." The Center’s core Professional Fullfillment Model includes a) Culture of Wellness - Shared values, behaviors, and leadership qualities that prioritize personal and professional growth, community, and compassion for self and others; b) Efficiency of Practice - workplace systems, processes, and practices that promote safety, quality, effectiveness, positive patient and colleague interactions, and work-life balance, and c) Personal Resilience - individual skills, behaviors, and attitudes that contribute to physical, emotional, and professional well-being.
The mission of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Program on Physician Well-Being (PPWB) is to promote physician well-being through research, education, and development of individual and organizational well-being initiatives that optimize physician satisfaction and performance. Drs. Dyrbye and West, co-directors of the PPWB, aim to advance discovery and transform practice to improve the work lives of physicians and in turn the care they provide to patients worldwide. The PPWB evaluates the entire spectrum of personal, professional, and organizational factors which influence physician well-being, satisfaction, and productivity. Hypotheses regarding specific organizational and personal characteristics/interventions are tested, and effective interventions implemented by leadership in accord with strategic priorities. The Program’s central aim is to provide the evidence base for leaders to make strategic decisions and efficiently allocate resources to optimize physician well-being and performance. The body of knowledge generated is translated into meaningful and substantive changes within the organization and for our profession.
Statement of Need
Physicians’ professional wellness is increasingly recognized as being critically important to the delivery of high quality health care.
Survey data indicates national physician burnout reached crisis proportion. Physicians strive to achieve an optimal patient experience and provide the highest quality care, while simultaneously facing increasing productivity and documentation demands which often lead to anxiety, fatigue, burnout, and depression.
The American Medical Association, the Mayo Clinic and Stanford Medicine are working closely together to host a conference. This leading-edge forum is designed to inspire organizations throughout the country to seek ways to bring back the joy in medicine and achieve professional fulfillment for all our physicians.
Through provocative keynote presentations, practical panel discussions, concurrent oral abstracts, and poster presentations of more than 70 different national wellness projects and programs, this two-day conference will offer an exciting format featuring progressive practitioners and noted researchers. We will provide an engaging forum to share innovative methods and discuss tangible strategies and tools so that structuring organizations (i.e., hospitals, health systems, practices, clinics) contribute to, rather than detract from, physician wellness. The conference will also showcase research into the infrastructure of the health care system and highlight what organizations can do to help combat burnout and promote wellness.
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