National Academy of Medicine

President’s Letter

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Clinician Resilience and Well-Being

On July 7, 2016, the National Academy of Medicine hosted a closed working meeting for leaders from more than 30 professional organizations to examine the issue of clinician resilience and well-being. I chaired the meeting alongside Darrell Kirch, President & CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Thomas Nasca, CEO of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

We convened the meeting in response to increasing concerns within the clinical community about rising challenges to clinician well-being and resilience. The goals of the meeting were to improve our understanding of the nature of the challenges; consider activities currently under way to address the issues; explore opportunities for collaborative engagement; and consider the role of the NAM in leading an initiative to address this issue.

The meeting featured presentations representing clinician, patient, and federal perspectives by Carol Bernstein of NYU Langone Medical Center, Tejal Gandhi of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Luis Padilla of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Shari Ling of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and others.

In view of the significance of this issue and the intense interest of the stakeholders involved, the NAM is  currently developing follow-up activities that will soon be announced publicly. For more information or to become involved in future activities related to clinician resilience, contact Kimber Bogard at kbogard@nas.edu.

Warm regards,
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Victor J. Dzau, M.D.
President, National Academy of Medicine