ACEP’s Wellness Section provides an opportunity to learn what you can do to avoid burnout, enjoy a balanced life, and keep the vitality necessary to be a healthy emergency physician. Section members are involved in research on a variety of wellness issues and, in addition, have an opportunity to volunteer for peer-to-peer support on career issues and litigation stress. The Wellness Section has a compilation of mental health resources for emergency physicians, residents, and medical students. Learn more at www.acep.org/how-we-serve/sections/wellness/.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 38 – No 12 – December 2019
Wellness Guide Book
Visit www.acep.org/wellness to download the free guide book Being Well in Emergency Medicine: ACEP’s Guide to Investing in Yourself. Written by Rita A. Manfredi, MD, FACEP, and Julia M. Huber, MD, FACEP, the book presents the emotional, physical, financial, spiritual, social, and intellectual well-being spokes of life in emergency medicine. This page is also home to more resources on a variety of topics that contribute to physician mental health: litigation stress, burnout, posttraumatic stress disorder, work schedules, and more.
Your mental health can be affected by physical issues, including hospital policies that make it difficult for you to eat and drink during your shift. (“Hangry” is a real emotion.) Earlier this year, ACEP worked with The Joint Commission to clarify its policies related to eating and drinking in the emergency department. Need to convince your administrators? We’ve provided resources to make your case at www.acep.org/letseat.
We Need Your Input
Many of these member benefits and resources, including the “Let’s Eat” clarification, originated from member suggestions. One way we can help lighten your mental load is by working to eliminate onerous regulations that add to your administrative burden, but we need your help to identify those thorns in your side. We recently conducted an all-member survey asking you to identify the regulations that are most frustrating, and we received 952 responses. We sent your feedback to The Joint Commission to identify more ways we can work together to reduce your burden.
If you have additional suggestions, your input is always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.