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?”

Recognizing Burnout

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:

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.

Next Steps

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:


Sarah Mott, MD

Sarah Mott, MD

Chief Logistics Officer ALiEM Wellness Think Tank 2019-20
Staff Emergency Physician
Emergency Care Consultants
Laila Nasser, MD

Laila Nasser, MD

PGY-1 Resident
Department of Emergency Medicine
McMaster University
Laila Nasser, MD

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Nicole Battaglioli, MD

Nicole Battaglioli, MD

Champion, 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator Chief Operating Officer, 2016-19 ALiEM Wellness Think Tank Assistant Professor of EM University of Kentucky
Nicole Battaglioli, MD


EM Doc- Wellness Think Tank- Wilderness Medicine Lover- Cupcake Connoisseur. Views and opinions are my own. #WellnessTT