Emergency Medicine Wellness Week 2016, Jan. 24–30, is an opportunity for emergency physicians and their colleagues to take the time to self-renew while staying dedicated to the highest quality patient care.
“As emergency physicians, we care a lot about our patients. That’s why we chose this specialty. But all too often we are so busy caring for others, we forget to care about ourselves,” said ACEP President Jay A. Kaplan, MD, FACEP.
“We want this week to be about action rather than just ideas. Everyone makes resolutions around the New Year; we hope that this week will help us and our colleagues make commitments to become more healthy, less burned out, and more resilient.”
First, fill out an anonymous pledge card from the website, selecting areas that you will focus on for the week. Print it out and stick it on your refrigerator, your mirror—anywhere you’ll see it every day. There will be suggested improvements in three major areas, such as physical (eating, health, exercise); connections (spending time with family and friends, doing a community project); and career enhancement (recognizing burnout, planning your next career move).
Next, sign up to receive daily messages about wellness for that week to help you keep on track, and introduce resources that will help improve your wellness that week and beyond. At the end of the week, ACEP will ask you how you did and what worked for you.