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Physician Well-being and Professional Fulfillment


Physician Well-being and Professional Fulfillment

Physician Well-being and Professional Fulfillment

Providing guidance and resources that foster communities of well-being for internists to best serve patients and optimize professional fulfillment.

Well-being OrganizationalImproving the Practice and Organizational Environment
Providing ACP members with high quality information, resources, tools, and support to help their practices thrive in the growing value-based payment environment.

Well-being ChampionsFostering Local Communities of Well-being
Trained ACP Well-being Champions supporting their ACP chapter members, practices, and organizations in combating burnout.

Well-being IndividualPromoting Individual Well-being
Offering online resources and educational courses at ACP’s Internal Medicine Meeting and chapter meetings to help ACP members manage issues related to well-being and satisfaction.

COVID-19 Well-being Resources

ACP would like to take a moment to acknowledge your dedication to the well-being of your patients, your colleagues, and yourselves during this incredibly stressful time. You are the heart and soul of our profession and we are grateful for the sacrifices that you make every day to serve your patients. If you are feeling afraid or isolated right now, please know that you are not alone. Our Internal Medicine online community is strong and vibrant. Join us on Twitter using #dontworryalone or post on the COVID-19 ACP member discussion forum.

Webinar: COVID-19: Practical Advice and Support from Internists on the Front Lines

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, SFHM, FACP, and Elisabeth Poorman, MD, MPH, share lessons learned and best practices from both the inpatient and outpatient front lines of the COVID-19 global pandemic. They explore the need to both acknowledge and address physician anxiety and fear of exposure to the coronavirus, as well as provide tips for how physicians can support one another while protecting their own wellbeing.

COVID-19: Information for Internists

ACP is committed to doing everything possible to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 virus to ensure that our patients get the care they need. These resources are meant to assist internists seeking to prepare and manage their response. ACP will continue to update this page with resources developed by ACP and other organizations.

Positive Psychology in Times of Crisis (webinar)

Kerri Palamara, MD, FACP, Director of the Center for Physician Well-being at Massachusetts General Hospital and Physician Coaching Services Lead for ACP, presents positive psychology strategies to use in a time of crisis. Dr. Palamara shares ideas from the coaching world including focusing on three good things, pausing to breathe, happiness boosters, sharing stories with colleagues, and more. Many of you are being asked to support the well-being of others right now. In times of great stress and uncertainty, drawing on the principles of positive psychology and coaching can be incredibly grounding.

External Resources

Learn about ACP's Ongoing Commitment

ACP's strategy to address this complex issue involves patients, leaders in the field, and a commitment to inclusivity.

Patients Before Paperwork

Patients Before Paperwork

ACP's goal is to reduce unessential tasks that detract from patient care and contribute to physician burnout.

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Message from ACP Leadership

Susan Thompson Hingle, MD, MACP, details our organizational approach to this important issue in this column published in ACP Internist.

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Promoting Gender Equity

ACP is committed to addressing the unique challenges female physicians confront in order to foster an inclusive environment.


Improving the Practice and Organizational Environment

ACP provides members with high quality information, resources, tools, and support to help your practices thrive.

Top 10 Culture Change Interventions

Use these interventions in your practice to reduce burnout and promote a culture of well-being.

Workflow Innovations

These tips and tools can help to enhance workflows in both ambulatory and hospital settings.

Collection of Recommended Tools

Check out these resources for additional strategies to prevent burnout and promote well-being at the practice level.


Enhance Your Personal Well-being

You are not alone. Use these resources to seek help or to improve your individual well-being.

Suicide and Depression Resources

See the following resources on physician suicide and depression if you or someone you know is in need. For emergency care, call 911.

Talk with Your Colleagues

Use our ACP member forum to discuss physician well-being and professional fulfillment, and to share experiences and resources.

Collection of Recommended Tools

Check out these podcasts, TED Talks, and other resources to improve your personal well-being and professional fulfillment.

Publications and Collaborations

ACP works with other organizations to help identify mutually beneficial solutions.