We are set to wrap-up the 3rd Annual Emergency Medicine Wellness Week. The ALiEM Wellness Think Tank (WTT) collaborated with CanadiEM, ACEP, and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) to encourage participation from EDs across North America and around the world. Many of you shared your individual and group successes, which have helped to build collective wellness across the specialty. We are proud to present some of the Wellness Week highlights, and remain hugely motivated to participate in this important movement! When you’re done reading, be sure to welcome today’s newly matched EM interns with the hashtag #WelcometoEM!
Highlights from the 3rd Annual EM Wellness Week
EMRA Wellness Guide
Dr. Arlene Chung published the EMRA Wellness Guide! This on-the-go reference packs resources and evidence-based knowledge about wellness to help residents lay the groundwork for a fulfilling career in EM. It helps answer questions like, “How can I make my night shifts more bearable?” and “How do I recover and continue to take care of patients after a bad case?”
— Brent Thoma (@Brent_Thoma) March 14, 2018
Burnout is an increasingly recognized burden of providing patient care in a high-stress, high-stakes environment. In one of the most candid posts this week, Dr. Gerhard Dashi reflected on his own wellness and recognizing burnout.
Stay Active and Healthy
Other EPs provided us with examples of how to stay healthy, fit, and active with team-based activities:
— Yusuf Ali Altuncı (@draltunci) March 12, 2018
— Özlem Dikme (@ozlemdikme) March 14, 2018
Wellness Tips from the Wellness Think Tank
Bonus: Celebrate Match Day!
Congratulations to the newly matched incoming EM interns! Welcome to the Emergency Medicine family. You’re about to enter a journey that will push your limits, challenge your intellect, and give you the opportunity to take care of patients from all walks of life. We hope that it is both fun and wellness-filled! We are excited to have you on board.
If you are a current resident, fellow, faculty, or any other part of the ED team: send the newly matched EM interns some words of wisdom by using the hashtag #WelcometoEM.
As Wellness Week 2018 comes to a close, we should ask ourselves what we can do to maintain the momentum. This week should be a reminder to check-in and assess how we are prioritizing our own wellness on a regular basis. Further reading and resources as you continue on your wellness-journey include:
- ACEP Wellness Guide
- ACEP Wellness Section
- ALiEM How I Stay Healthy in EM Archives
- EMRA Wellness Week Resources – Articles, Hangout, and #FOAMed