The Rush department of Anesthesiology recognizes that Physician Wellness is a critical issue, and we are actively striving to address this issue on multiple fronts, including engaging with departmental management and operations. Our philosophy and approach are described in our mission statement:
The Department of Anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center strives to cultivate a culture of caring, health and well-being by providing resources to help staff thrive clinically, personally, and professionally, enabling them to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. We are committed to creating a positive and supportive work environment that supports optimal clinician wellness and professional satisfaction by ensuring the organization’s leadership, goals, structures and systems facilitate a healthy professional work-life, allowing our clinicians to provide the highest quality, most compassionate medical care. We believe professional satisfaction of physicians and other caregivers is inextricably linked to quality, safety as well as patient satisfaction and that when clinicians are contented and engaged in their work, both patients and caregivers’ benefit.
We have designed this webpages as a resource targeted at clinitions, but can be helpful for everyone.
Physician Suicide resources
- National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (https://npsaday.org/)
- Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (SPAM) (https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month-(SPAM))
- Promote National Suicide Prevention Month (https://988lifeline.org/promote-national-suicide-prevention-month/)
- ASA Suicide Prevention Resources (https://www.asahq.org/in-the-spotlight/suicide-prevention-resources)
Advocating for You: Focus on ASA’s efforts to Promote physician well-being
The complexity of medical care today contributes to a high prevalence of physician stress and burnout. ASA has resources to help.
National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being Launch Event
Building on 6 years of collaboration among a network of 200+ organizations, a related 2019 NAM report, and the May 2022 Surgeon General’s Advisory, as well as nearly 2,000 comments received during a public input opportunity, the Clinician Well-Being Collaborative published its National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being on October 3, 2022. The Plan provides guidance and next steps to work with leaders in health care and public health, government, payers, health IT, education, professional societies, and others involved to cultivate a health system to better support our care providers and optimize their well-being.