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Medscape’s 2020 National Physician Burnout & Suicide Report estimated that 42% of physicians experience burnout. While a decline from the 46% who reported being burned out in 2015, internal medicine remains among the specialties with the highest rates of burnout. 

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.

Hospital Medicine COVID Check-in Guide for Self & Peers

Many hospitalists are struggling right now to varying degrees and often for different reasons. This check-in guide is meant to assist all hospitalists with both self-reflection and tools to support one another through the pandemic.
– Sarah Richards, MD (Chair, Well-being Taskforce)

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.

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7 Drivers of Burnout

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.

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Burnout Intervention Tools

Burnout Intervention Tools

AMA STEPS Forward™

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.

American Hospital Association (AHA) Well-Being Playbook

This playbook contains the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) seven steps health system leaders can use to promote well-being in their hospitals. This resource takes a top-down approach to combat burnout and uses real-life examples of successful interventions as case studies hospital leaders can adapt to their own practices. Playbook content is also available via regularly scheduled webinars.

External Resources

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. 

  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 (call or text)
    24-7, 365-day-a-year hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for those who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.  Toll-free, multilingual, and confidential. 

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    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.


General Wellness Apps

  • Head Space
    Become less stressed, more resilient, and happier with just a few minutes of meditation each day. Headspace is committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically-validated research.  

  • Sleepio
    A weekly online sleep improvement program designed by the world’s leading sleep experts. Sleepio uses a personalized questionnaire to tailor a program that focuses on four key areas: your thoughts, your schedule, your lifestyle, and your bedroom. 

  • Tide
    A free app that uses natural sounds to help you sleep, relax, focus, and meditate. Tide also listens to your breathing to play an alarm during your lightest sleep phase, waking you up as gently as possible.