8 doctors leading the charge in fighting physician burnout – American Medical Association

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Physician burnout isn’t a new concept, but the awareness of this occupational distress and exhaustion among doctors has been magnified by COVID-19. That rising awareness of physician burnout has contributed to prioritizing system-level well-being initiatives, as well as supporting the health and resiliency of doctors and care team members on the front line.
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Whether a physician is a chief wellness officer (CWO), director of well-being or another variation on this role, these doctors are working to combat physician burnout through a variety of means. From improving communication and offering peer support to changing the organizational and team culture, these well-being experts have not let the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic stand in their way.
Here are eight physicians who are committed to reducing burnout and improving well-being.
Committed to making physician burnout a thing of the past, the AMA has studied, and is currently addressing issues causing and fueling physician burnout—including time constraints, technology and regulations—to better understand and reduce the challenges physicians face.  By focusing on factors causing burnout at the system-level, the AMA assesses an organization’s well-being and offers guidance and targeted solutions to support physician well-being and satisfaction. 
AMA STEPS Forward™ open-access toolkits offer innovative strategies that allow physicians and their staff to thrive in the new health care environment. These courses can help you prevent physician burnout, create the organizational foundation for joy in medicine and improve practice efficiency.
The CME module, “Chief Wellness Officer Road Map,” is enduring material and designated by the AMA for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
The module is part of the AMA Ed Hub™, an online platform with top-quality CME and education that supports the professional development needs of physicians and other health professionals. With topics relevant to you, it also offers an easy, streamlined way to find, take, track and report educational activities.
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