Calling all North American Emergency Medicine Residents!
Wellness and resiliency are issues that you can’t put a price tag too. So we aren’t! We are offering free membership to 1-2 EM residents per residency program.* Residents need to be approved by their program director to serve as the Wellness Think Tank Representative through July 1, 2017.
This much-needed North American collaborative of EM residency programs will tackle resident wellness and resiliency by bringing an important and often forgotten stakeholder to the national discussion — the residents!
The mission of the Wellness Think Tank is to create a diverse community of residents and educators who collaborate, innovate, and advocate for physician wellness from the ground up. This grassroots initiative tackles resident issues such as preventing suicide and burnout, enhancing resilience, and promoting overall quality of life. Our ultimate goal is to catalyze innovative and positive change at the individual, institutional, local, national, and international levels.
The Think Tank is lead by a group of faculty from across North America with experience in Residency Education, Wellness, and Resiliency. Our members include residents from training programs in the U.S. and Canada. The goal is to obtain representation from every Emergency Medicine residency training program.
Think Tank Topics
- Shift work scheduling
- The impaired resident
- Suicide awareness and prevention
- Second victim syndrome
- Litigation stress
- Imposter syndrome
- Resilience strategies
- Meditation / mindfulness
- Financial smarts
- Performance psychology
- Humanities in medicine
- Creating a wellness committee
- Creating a wellness curriculum
In this initial startup phase, we prefer to focus on building a diverse core group of Resident Wellness Champions to capture a broad range of perspectives across all EM programs in the United States and Canada. We currently are not accepting applications from other residents, faculty, or other individuals at this time.
This Wellness Think Tank will delve into the individual and systems-level complexities about what erodes physician wellness within the health professions literature and beyond. We hope to build a vocal community that not only talks about wellness, engagement, resiliency, and burnout, but also about taking action towards addressing these issues.
We are excited to be exclusively sponsored by U.S. Acute Care Solutions (USACS), who takes physician wellness and resiliency as seriously as we do. Thanks to them, we are bringing on leading psychologists and therapists to the Think Tank.
Interested in supporting this Wellness Think Tank? We are a group of passionate volunteers and would welcome any donation to help offset operational costs, even if it is a cup of coffee for a someone working behind the scenes. Contact us if you have more questions.
Think Tank Donors
Dr. Felix Ankel
Dr. Rachel Dahms
Dr. Christopher Doty
Dr. Cullen Hegarty
Dr. Jo Anna Leuck
Dr. Rob Rogers / The Teaching Institute
All-Star Wellness Strategists
The Executive Team
Faculty Board of Directors
Map of Think Tank Leaders and Members
Frequently Asked Questions
Why a Think Tank?
Think tanks have been innovating and solving problems in the United States since the early 1900’s, starting with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Founded in 1910 by Andrew Carnegie, its participants were charged with the responsibility of innovating ways to end international wars. In addition to innovating ideas, think tanks also serve as an advocate for their issues and may be involved in the formation of public policy or research.
Physician wellness and resiliency is a critical, under-addressed issue in the house of medicine. The Wellness Think Tank was developed out of a need to bring some innovation and ultimately action to how we approach physician wellness. Our current focus is on residents– the future generation of leaders in our field and future colleagues. Although we are targeting the graduate medical education domain, we hope our initiatives will spark change and serve as an innovative vocal champion for physician wellness and resiliency.
Why is the Virtual Community Built on Slack?
Slack, despite its informal name, is an incredibly powerful digital communication platform that has completely revolutionized how the ALiEM team works and is the primary means of communication for many major companies (including eBay, the Wall Street Journal, and even NASA). It has also served as the successful platform for our other high-profile virtual communities, such as the Chief Resident, Fellowship, and Faculty Incubators. It has been described as “team communication for the 21st century” and efficiently transforms how teams work. This closed communication platform serves as a fluid communication platform for the Think Tank.