Wellness Week

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.

Emergency Medicine Wellness Week

January 24-30, 2016

How Did You Do? Share your impressive accomplishments with us so we can do some analysis on the effectiveness of the event.

How Did You Do Survey




Created by ACEP, the 2016 Emergency Medicine Wellness Week™ will remind all emergency physicians and their colleagues to take the time to self-renew while, at the same time, work the long and at times very difficult hours we do.

Make it about action rather than just ideas. Become more healthy, less burned out, and more resilient this year.

Ultimately, we want you to feel better – about yourself, about your family/friends, about your patients and your work.

We’d like you to remember, once again, why you chose medicine, and emergency medicine, for your life’s work. And to be proud and happy with that decision.

  • Physical

    Here are some suggested activities to help improve your physical well-being during EM Wellness Week. Get started January 24-30, then make them a habit year-round.


    • Increase healthy food intake – such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, water
    • Eat breakfast
    • Drink less alcohol and/or coffee
    • Lose 1 pound or 0.5 kilogram – Hint: don’t forget to track your progress and report at the end of EM Wellness Week
    • Try a new and fun healthy food


    • Keep track of steps (or miles) with set pre-determined daily goal
    • Try new type of exercise you might enjoy - yoga, Zumba, circuit training, spin, a new sport - Hint: Some local gyms, yoga studios or sports classes will let you try their service for a 1-week trial in conjunction with EM Wellness Week
    • Self-monitor your personal wellness


    • Sleep in blocks of at least 3 to 4 hours, with 1 or 2 blocks per 24-hour period to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep
    • Work with your scheduler to initiate rotating shifts in a clockwise manner for scheduling care-givers that work a variety of shift times
    • Set an alarm to GO TO bed
    • Create a better sleep environment (such as a quiet and cool room, white noise, room-darkening shades, sign on the door that says “day sleeper”)
    • Sleep with your partner

    Stop smoking


    Articles -

    Get Some Sleep! A Few Words on Shift Work Sleep Disorder
    By Patti Van Leer, MD

  • Connections

    Here are some suggested activities to help you make or rekindle connections during EM Wellness Week. Get started January 24-30, then make them a habit year-round.


    • Write a letter to someone you want to thank, or offer an apology, then personally deliver the letter
    • Write a simple thank you note to someone
    • Have dinner with your family or friend(s) and turn off all electronic devices during the meal
    • Surprise call or visit someone you care about and could like to reconnect with, “if only you had time”


    • Reconnect with places or people that inspire you spiritually
    • Spiritual involvement with your faith
    • Learn to meditate: use online resources or take a class
    • Take mindfulness training - https://www.fammed.wisc.edu/mindfulness  


    • Volunteer to do something for which you have a passion
    • Find something outside patient care where you can recharge and recuperate
    • Write down something you are grateful for each morning


    Articles -

    Resilience in the Life of an Emergency Physician
    By Rosanna Sikora, MD, FACEP; Laura McPeake, MD, FACEP; and Arlene Chung, MD, FACEP

    Every Day You Focus – Meditation Basics
    By Jason Fleming, MD, FACEP

    Videos -

    Yoga Practice/Mindfulness:

    How Mindful Training Prevents Doctor Burnout

  • Career Enhancement

    Here are some suggested activities to help give your practice a boost during EM Wellness Week. Get started January 24-30, 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

    Decrease burnout

    • 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


    Articles -

    Financial Serenity - Seven Simple Steps
    By Doug Segan, MD, FACEP

    New Beginnings and Transitions
    By Shay Bintliff, MD

    Compassion Fatigue
    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

    Videos -

    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

    Physician Burnout-TheHappyMD

    How to Identify and Prevent Doctor Burnout

    Litigation Stress:

    What to Expect from Litigation: Dr. Gupta, Emergency Medicine Physician

    Why Emergency Medicine Physicians Get Sued

    Avoid, But Don't Blame the Tort

    Healthcare Exposures:

    Personal Protective Equipment

    Physician Impairment:

    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

    Compassion Fatigue:

    What is Compassion Fatigue?

    Compassion Fatigue?

Media Kit

We are happy to partner with our chapters, other emergency medicine organizations and other health care groups who would like to participate in EM Wellness Week.

To get started, here are few resources you are welcome to use:

  • Sample article that can posted on your blog or website, or sent to your members via email.
  • Facebook graphic to put in your newsfeed, encouraging your fans to participate.
  • Twitter graphic to put in your feed, encouraging your followers to participate.

Interested in using our logo? Please send a note to Communications Director Nancy Calaway and she’ll get you a high-res version.

And don’t forget to let us know about your group’s participation at the end of EM Wellness Week!

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