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Clinician Well-Being & Resilience

September 24, 2019 9:37 AM | Anonymous

Brought to you by NHADACA's Ethics Committee:

On May 28-29, 2019, the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience hosted a public meeting in Chicago, IL to explore ways to redesign the clinical learning environment (CLE) with a focus on clinician well-being.

Holly Humphrey expressed that systemic efforts can stimulate positive culture change. She urged the following stakeholders to take action to positively transform the culture in the CLE:

  • Academic and health care organization governance and executive leadership should invest in resources, physical and virtual spaces, policies, and processes that support optimal learning and engender clinician well-being across the clinical education continuum.
  • Accrediting organizations across health professions should periodically evaluate CLEs to hold administrators and leadership accountable for supporting positive and humanistic cultures.
  • Faculty and staff should engage in professional development to prioritize their personal well-being, support learner well-being, and improve learning environments.
  • Policymakers should enact policy improvements that prioritize clinician well-being in CLEs.
  • The research community should continuously investigate the drivers of clinician burnout and systems-level solutions to improve clinician well-being, as well as evaluate CLEs to ensure they uphold positive cultures that promote clinician well-being.

Closing Remarks: The End is a Beginning


Timothy Brigham, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Education at the ACGME, closed by reminding participants of the remaining work to improve clinician well-being in the CLE. He identified that some of the key factors of an ideal CLE are:

  • Empathy and compassion.
  • Enlightened leadership.
  • Prioritized well-being for everyone including students, trainees, faculty, practicing clinicians, and patients.
  •  Role models who demonstrate professional joy, curiosity, and discovery.
  •  Safe quality care for patients.

In closing, he urged participants to consider time as the key to creating the ideal CLE; to find ways to return clinicians the gift of time to care for their patients, to care for each other, and to care for themselves.

To view a full list of meeting minutes please visit


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