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Wellness Initiatives & Resources

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.

Drop-in and share: COVID-19 Circle of Feedback & Support Sessions 

via Zoom, Wednesdays from 12 pm to 1 pm

During this challenging time, we know you are working hard to care for patients, their families, communities, and of course, yourself and your family. The burden of this responsibility is taking its toll, with increased stress, anxiety, and risk of burnout. Talking to others can help. Join your colleagues to talk about the issues and challenges you’re facing as a result of the pandemic. You will have an opportunity to provide feedback (we are listening!) about how we can help during this difficult time. Wellness tips will be offered. Sessions will be facilitated by LCSW, Dr. Michael Brand, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Sheila Crow. Email Dr. Crow for zoom link and password information: sheila-crow@ouhsc.edu

Oklahoma County Medical Society (OCMS) Physician Wellness Program is available to Oklahoma County Medical Society members, including resident and student members. Services for OCMS members includes up to eight free, confidential sessions with a seasoned psychologist.

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. 

Living Well for Health Care Professionals offers remote online workshops for providers who want to to incorporate the ancient and modern sciences for stress management and self-development into their daily lives.

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.

Well-Being Index

In 2019, the OU College of Medicine launched the Well-Being Index, an online self-assessment tool that measures stress in just nine questions. Individuals who complete the self-assessment receive immediate, confidential feedback on their overall well-being as compared to peers, and access to targeted resources aligned to the risk dimensions. De-identified data gathered from the Index provide important metrics for the institution and allow for assessment of our effectiveness in addressing these issues.

With the Well-Being Index you’ll be able to:

  • Assess your current level of well-being.
  • See how your well-being compares to other physicians.
  • Track changes in your well-being over time.
  • Gain access to resources to promote your well-being and address a variety of concerns.

Send an email to Dr. Sheila Crow to receive information on how to create an account. You can re-take the Well-Being Index multiple times per year to track your score over time. Once you've created your account, login at any time via this link to review your results or re-take your assessment.

Video introduction to the Faculty Well-Being Index