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Collegiality and Well-Being Committee

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Committee Charge

The Collegiality and Well-Being Committee will:

  • Promote a culture of respect of and cooperation among our providers
  • Provide tactics and resources to address the expanding demands on health care providers in the ever-changing practice environment.
  • Facilitate confidential peer-to-peer support related to adverse events.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable provider resource group to facilitate positive change.

Composition

The Collegiality and Well-Being Committee is co-chaired by two voting member(s) of the OUP Council and will include a broad representation of providers from across the practice settings of OU Physicians. Current co-chairs are Dr. Rachel Franklin and Dr. Jason Lees. Dr. Lynn Mitchell, OU's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Wellness Officer, is actively involved in the committee leadership as well. It will be administratively staffed and facilitated by the Professional Liability, Patient Safety & Risk Management office, and the office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development. Please email Dr. Sheila Crow if you are interested in serving on this committee.

Scope and Responsibility

The OU Physicians Collegiality and Well-Being Committee will explore, implement, maintain and monitor areas relating to provider wellness and prevention, provider burnout, collegiality and professionalism interactions not rising to the level of provider impairment or disruption, confidential colleague support following referral related to adverse events, as well as serve as a resource for administrative/technological tools to impact the ease of practice efficiency.

Goals of Committee

  • Perform baseline and regular interval surveying of the provider population to quantify issues, concerns, and current status as it relates to provider burnout.
  • Research, propose, and implement appropriate changes in the clinical environment to address key issues.
  • Research, propose, and implement appropriate non-clinical interventions to address key issues (exercise options, targeted educational programs, etc.)
  • Identify key personnel, internally and externally, that can serve as resources for those desiring assistance (behavioral health, financial, spiritual, etc.)
  • Provide regular education to OU Physicians providers regarding signs/symptoms/preventive methods to combat burnout and promote wellness.
  • Be proactive in addressing issues prior to symptom development.
  • Establish and implement tools and tactics to modify unprofessional provider interactions and enhance professionalism.
  • Make available trained colleagues to confidentially assist in a supportive role following adverse events.
  • Assemble and serve as a resource for administrative and technological solutions to assist in day-to-day efficiencies, both clinical and operational.
  • Offer positive interventions to modify the work environment as well as the provider’s environment as a whole.
  • Coordinate with hospital committees and leadership to provide opportunities across the enterprise.

National recognition of the problem of clinician burnout has stimulated the development of several high level programs and resources designed to disseminate information on burnout, promote strategies to combat the problem, and enhance wellness and resilience in clinicians. A wellness committee will collaborate with Faculty Affairs to support efforts to communicate effective interventions, disseminate well-being metrics, and champion a culture of well-being across the College of Medicine’s Clinical and Basic Science departments. 

Resiliency Rounds vs3

Resiliency Rounds is a physician wellness podcast. OU Physicians Eddie LeClaire and Aneesh Pakala are doctors who are trying to become the best version of themselves. They discuss a wide range of topics from family and finance to fitness and philosophy. There mission is to start a resiliency movement. Their focus is Life, examined and well-lived. 


OU Physicians Colleague Support Program focuses on providing support of physicians after a critical incident, but also includes support after any difficult patient care encounter, claim, or other support needed. 

Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub

The Institute of Medicine has established the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a consortium of over 100 medical institutions and organizations with a commitment to reverse clinician burnout and promote clinician well-being. The Knowledge Hub is a comprehensive website with information on the causes, effects and solutions for clinician burnout.

Stanford Medicine WellMD Center
The WellMD Center was established in 2015 to "improve the health and professional fulfillment of physicians and the associated health of their patients, their students, and other members of the medical teams they lead." The Center’s activities are based on the WellMD Professional Fulfillment Model which consists of three domains: a culture of wellness, efficiency of practice, and personal resilience. The Center provides useful information and is a model wellness program.

American Medical Association (AMA) STEPSforward OnLine Learning Modules on Physician Well-Being
The AMA provides free online learning modules on relevant topics, including Preventing Physician Burnout and Improving Physician Resilience.