This toolkit provides hospitalists with the tools to advance well-being at their institution, regardless of their position or role by giving them actions to become a Well-Being Advocate. A Hospitalist Well-being Advocate is ANY hospitalist who is curious to understand the essence of building a pro-wellness organization, empathetic towards others, and courageous to take initiative and inspire change.
In Medscape’s 2022 National Physician Burnout & Suicide Report, 54% of physicians reported that burnout permeates most aspects of their lives and the rate of internal medicine physicians reporting burnout has increased two percentage points to 48% since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Focusing on well-being is essential to maintaining a sustainable hospital medicine group and creating a supportive and resilient team. SHM encourages groups to take a holistic approach to wellbeing, offering resources designed for hospital leaders who seek to build a culture that fosters a collaborative environment, promotes wellbeing, and ultimately engages hospitalists as valuable members of the team.
This printable poster is a tool for hospitalists to have open and honest conversations that break the culture of silence around wellbeing, burnout, and mental health. It provides prompts to begin conversations and enables groups to share local resources their teams can use to seek help.
Additional Well-being Check-In Tools
SHM’s Practice Management Committee identified 7 drivers of burnout that are specific to hospital medicine. Use these drivers and discussion questions to evaluate your practice, initiate conversation within your group, and make progressive changes to address structural issues that lead to burnout.
Learn More about Well-being & Burnout
Developed by SHM in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA) and American College of Physicians (ACP), the STEPS Forward™ Initiative walks participants through a 5-step process that describes strategies to increase hospitalists’ sense of autonomy and well-being and identifies opportunities for them to develop mastery and a sense of purpose.
Revised in 2021, this playbook from the American Hospital Association (AHA) provides COVID-19-specific resources and a guide to develop well-being programs in your hospital.
Below is a listing of external resources that may be beneficial to you. These resources do not imply a relationship with or endorsement by SHM and will redirect you to the external page.
- Physician Support Line 1-888-409-0141
Psychiatrists helping US physician colleagues and medical students navigate the many intersections of personal and professional lives. Free and confidential, no appointment necessary.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988
24-7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Mental Health Apps
- COVID Coach App
The COVID Coach app was created for everyone, including Veterans and Service members, to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Features include Education about coping during the pandemic, tools for self-care and to improve emotional well-being, trackers to check your mood and measure your growth toward personal goals, and graphs to visualize progress over time.
- The Emotional PPE Project
Connects frontline providers to therapists for free.