Here are some suggested activities to help give your practice a boost during EM Wellness Week. Get started January 22-28, then make them a habit year-round.
Improve work environment
- Structure an action at work to improve work environment in the trenches
- Participate in conflict resolution training
- Develop negotiation skills
- Decrease litigation stress
- Make a connection to your purpose in caring for patients. Tap into the power and endurance associated with this connection.
- Plan and set a date for international volunteer trip with an opportunity to “give back”
- Each day write out one reason you chose Emergency Medicine as your career
- Initiate a healthy boundary between work and non-work life area
- Reach out to a family member or friend with an “ask” for support
- Create focus on work activities that provide the most meaning
Develop Leadership Skills
- Read a book on leadership
- Learn a new leadership tactic
- Take a step to move your career forward
- Reach out to someone that will help you advance your career – make an appointment with a mentor, coach or career counselor
- Agree to mentor someone who can benefit from your coaching or mentorship
- Support another caregiver
Other ways to enhance your career
- Do self-monitoring on personal wellness (MBI, Jefferson Empathy Scale, Quality of Life Survey)
- Retirement planning
Financial Serenity - Seven Simple Steps
By Doug Segan, MD, FACEP
New Beginnings and Transitions
By Shay Bintliff, MD
By Julia M. Huber, MD, FACEP
How Can We Cope With the Stresses the EMR Causes?
By Tom Benzoni, MD, FACEP and Rita A. Manfred, MD, FACEP
Financial planning/wealth management:
EMP (Emergency Medicine Physicians) offers a video series of short (3-4 minutes) features on topics ranging from building assets, loan re-payment, buying house/car, family planning, etc.
Physician Career Satisfaction and Work Life Balance
SGEM (Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine, part of FOAM network): Youtube video on burnout--top 5 tips; somewhat satirical but true
"Code Lavender"-holistic care rapid response for mostly staff (as well as some patients) at Cleveland Clinic
How to Identify and Prevent Doctor Burnout
What to Expect from Litigation: Dr. Gupta, Emergency Medicine Physician
Why Emergency Medicine Physicians Get Sued
Avoid, But Don't Blame the Tort
Personal Protective Equipment
What is an impaired medical professional? Basic definition
How do you Recognize a Drug Impaired Co-Worker?
Sexual Harassment in Medical Profession Costs Women Career Advances
What is Compassion Fatigue?