National Academy of Medicine

President’s Letter

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Making Clinician Well-Being a National Priority


Clinician well-being is essential to the functioning of the health care workforce, to patient safety, and to the health of our nation. It’s time we made this issue a national priority.

On January 6, 2017, we hosted the first meeting of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, of which I serve as chair alongside co-chairs Darrell Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Thomas Nasca, CEO of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Launched in response to alarming rates of burnout and suicide across the health care workforce, this multi-organization initiative will promote awareness among clinicians, policy makers, and the public and generate evidence-based solutions for progress at both individual and systems levels.

At the January meeting, more than 50 representatives from professional associations, health care organizations, government, insurers, academia, nonprofits, and other sectors gathered to share information and determine a framework for action. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy delivered remarks highlighting the importance of clinician well-being to the overall health of the nation and indicated his support for the ongoing work of the Collaborative. Although the group is still in its initial planning stages, future activities may include literature reviews, creation of a knowledge-sharing hub, public workshops, and stakeholder engagement activities.

A healthy nation depends on a healthy clinician workforce. We look forward to working with colleagues across sectors to advance this urgently important goal.

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