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Inclusivity That Never Dies: The Future of ACP

by George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, MACP

ACP's President recaps his tenure as he discusses the College's efforts at diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“While diversity is easy to measure, inclusivity isn't. Diversity is something an organization can keep statistics on and can audit to assess proportions. … We can monitor trends and create interventions to change those trends. Inclusivity … is an action, a feeling, a mindset, a way of life in our professional or personal perspectives. By that same token, it is not measurable. It's how we act, or the way we speak, or the way we think. It's often internal, easily masked, yet is also easily demonstrated and visible through our speech and actions. It is something that can be either embedded or shunned in an organization's culture but that cannot be easily analyzed or tracked by reports. It's so much deeper than diversity, which is what makes it so difficult to accomplish. We may think we are inclusive and never intentionally discriminate but may be surprised by tiny microaggressive, discriminatory comments, quotes, and mindsets that may contradict what we say or feel. …”

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A Call to Action: Align Well-being and Antiracism Strategies

by Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, MACP; N. Mariam Salas, MD; Charlene Dewey, MD, MEd, MACP; Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, ACP Member; and Susan Thompson Hingle, MD, MACP, ACP Internist

For too many clinicians, racism is a defining component of work culture. Health care organizations should adopt antiracist practices that result in sustained, meaningful change.

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Health Care Expenditures Attributable to Primary Care Physician Overall and Burnout-Related Turnover: A Cross-sectional Analysis

by Christine A. Sinsky, MD; Tait D. Shanafelt, MD; Liselotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE; Adrienne H. Sabety, PhD; Lindsey E. Carlasare, MBA; Colin P. West, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Turnover of PCPs results in approximately $979 million in excess health care expenditures for public and private payers annually, with $260 million attributable to PCP burnout-related turnover. Turnover of PCPs, including that due to burnout, is costly to public and private payers.

Efforts to reduce physician burnout may be considered as one approach to decrease U.S. health care expenditures.

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Discuss this topic with other ACP members in ACP's Physician Well-being and Professional Fulfillment Forum.

Back to the May 20, 2022 issue of ACP IM Thriving