“Dear colleagues. The unbearable has happened…last Friday we discovered that one of our residents was tragically taken from us… It appears that the resident took their own life in response to acute grief…”

– Dr. Christopher Doty (Program Director, University of Kentucky EM Residency Program)

Wellness weekCalling ALL Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians – residents and attendings alike! 
It shouldn’t take Dr. Doty’s story or the loss by the resident’s family, friends, and colleagues suffered in order for us to recognize the importance of wellness. Our specialty is known to be high risk and it is surprising that we are so late to the game to try and change that. Well, together we can. We are a strong group of people. We see, hear, touch, and smell things that would make the average person nauseous. We are problem solvers and leaders.

Wellness Week starts TODAY

With that in mind, welcome to the second annual Emergency Wellness Week – January 22-28th, 2017!

In 2016, EM was the first medical specialty group to nationally promote physical, mental, and emotional health. The initiative has had far-reaching implications and many wellness activities have come from it – many of which have become ingrained into the yearly activities of various departments.

This year, we are combining forces of some of the most influential EM organizations including CanadiEM and HippoEM as well as combining the strengths of American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) to bring together a wonderful week filled with different ways that YOU can participate.

What you may have missed

Last week, we hosted a joint JGME-ALiEM virtual medical education journal club, featuring a paper by Dr. Kristin Raj on: “Systematic Analysis on Wellness Initiatives for Resident Wellness [PDF]” with the author. Read the synopsis and discussion on the blog post on the featured paper and latest #JGMEscholar tweets.

What can I do right now?

1. Sign up for ACEP’s daily e-mail here!

  • You will get 1 week of daily inspiration delivered right to your inbox on topics including personal resilience, mindfulness, and financial advice

2. Register for the Resident Wellness Consensus Summit

  • Essentials of Emergency Medicine is excited to announce a partnership with EMRA, ALiEM, and the Wellness Think Tank to produce an exciting new event exclusively for residents. Our Resident Wellness Consensus Summit will be free to registered Essentials of EM resident attendees, and will take place on May 15, 2017. This unprecedented event will feature discussions, workgroups, and consensus-based action plans on a range of resident wellness topics and the proceedings of this consensus will be published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. Space is limited, so register for Essentials now on the EMRA site (special $249 resident-only, all-conference discount) to reserve your space.

3. Apply to Hippo EM’s Medical Education Fellowship


How can I spend a little time each day focusing on Wellness this week?

January 23, 2017: Residency Wellness Program Initiatives

We have compiled a list of low cost, high-value wellness initiatives that have worked in residency programs around North America. These initiatives can be modified to fit your institution whether it be academic or community. The initiatives have come through the ALiEM Wellness Think Tank, which is a collaboration between residents from North American Emergency Medicine residency programs and faculty experienced in residency education, wellness, and resiliency.

January 24, 2017: 30 minutes of Wellness

Visit CanadiEM to read how some of our Wellness Experts stay well and incorporate wellness into their day! Only got 30 minutes of free time? Not to worry. We’ll hook you up with some tips and tricks that touch on the different aspects of wellness, so you can find what works best for you.

January 25, 2017: Read about debriefing critical incidents

This month’s Wellness and Resiliency in Residency series on ALiEM features the topic of Debriefing Critical Incidents by Dr. Arlene Chung. It also includes a podcast featuring Dr. Ilene Claudius, the ever-popular pediatric emergency medicine expert, who talks about her residency experience, the secret ingredients that made it so great, and the humanity in giving bad news. These conversations are a sneak peak into the first ever Resident Wellness Consensus Summit on May 15, 2017 at the Essentials of EM Course in Las Vegas.

January 26, 2017: Share a photo today

We want to see what you are doing this week! Take to Twitter and share a picture of how you or your program is staying well and celebrating Wellness Week! It could be an exercise, a healthy food you enjoyed during the week, some artwork you’ve created, social events, or any other wellness activity. Include the hashtag #EMWellnessWeek, @CAEPResidents, @ACEPWellness, @ACEPNow and/or @ALiEMteam so we can compile them and feature them in an upcoming post! If you’re an Instagram junkie, email your photos to [email protected] and follow @residentwellness in order to instantly upgrade your feed!

January 27, 2017: Physicians as Humans

Physicians as Humans is an ongoing blog on CanadiEM put together by Niresha Velmurugiah, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Alberta. The podcast explores true stories on how people in medicine reconcile personal crises such as addictions and mental health issues, with their positions as caregivers, educators, and authority figures. In this week’s episode, she reads a Canadian emergency physician’s personal account of coming to terms with her depression.

January 28, 2017: Highlights of Wellness Initiatives

Members of the 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator have submitted their proposals for a Wellness Grant to improve wellness at their residency program. We will be announcing the winners of these EBSCO / DynaMed Plus Wellness Grants, which will award $1,000 for the first prize and $500 to the second prize winner, as well as highlight some of the amazing initiatives completed during Wellness Week!

What resources are out there for me to learn more?

There are a number of amazing organizations that have published valuable wellness resources, and we want to highlight some of those resources here! There is a wealth of information and a number of expert perspectives to explore.

OrganizationSocial Media LinksResources
ACEP Wellness Section@ACEPWellness
Home website
Sign up for daily emails during Wellness Week.
Follow using the official hastag #EMWellnessWeek
ALiEM and Wellness Think Tank@ALiEMteam
ALiEM home website
Wellness Think Tank website
Blogs posts:

Wellness Think Tank podcasts:

Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)@CAEPResidents
Home website
Canadian Wellness resources
Home website
Physicians as Humans [podcast]
Council of EM Residency Directors (CORD)@CORD_EM
Home website
CORD blog website
Hippo EM: Essentials of EM@EssentialsofEM

EEM home website

Essentials of EM 2017 Resident Wellness Consensus Summit (signup page for residents on EMRA page)

Essentials of EM Fellowship Medical Education Fellowship application via ALiEM, CanadiEM, or EMCrit sites. FREE conference registration, FREE 4-night hotel stay at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, and a travel stipend

Open access podcasts:

  • The Happy MD’s Guide to Physician Wellness by Dike Drummond, MD and Rob Orman, MD. How do we change the culture of medicine, so that we aren’t caring just about patients but also caring about ourselves and each other?
  • The Schedule Hack by Dike Drummond, MD and Rob Orman, MD. Managing your job isn’t as hard as you think, but it takes a strategy and commitment.
  • Physician Burnout by Dike Drummond, MD and Rob Orman, MD. Most of us will face some degree of burnout during our careers. The trick is to recognize it and grow from there.

Join us for an awesome and busy week of wellness!

Thanks to Dr. Theresa Hsiao from Albert Einstein, Dr. Zafrina Poonja from University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Cristian Patterson from Maricopa University, Dr. Chloe Kelso from Ohio State University, Dr. Jennifer Tango from Loma Linda University, Dr. Charlotte Roy from University of Chicago, Dr. Liang Liu from University of Texas Southwestern, and Dr. Judah Hwang from Drexel University for contributing photos!

Fareen Zaver, MD

Fareen Zaver, MD

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Resident Incubator 2017-18
Lead Editor/Co-Founder of ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources - Professional (AIR-Pro)
Champion, 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator
Board Member, 2016-17 ALiEM Wellness Think Tank
Deputy Head - Education and Clinical Assistant Professor for Emergency Medicine
University of Calgary Emergency Department
Fareen Zaver, MD


@UCalgaryEM Clinical Educator, interests in transition to practice, gender equity, #FOAMed @ALiEMteam & @WeAreCanadiEM #Meded #genderequity
William Denq, MD CAQ-SM

William Denq, MD CAQ-SM

Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Arizona
William Denq, MD CAQ-SM


Clinical Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine University of Arizona George Washington University '18 University of Pittsburgh '14 and '10
E. Liang Liu, MD

E. Liang Liu, MD

Emergency Medicine Chief Resident
Department of Emergency Medicine
Parkland Hospital, UT Southwestern Medical Center
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
Arlene Chung, MD

Arlene Chung, MD

Chief Strategy Officer,
2016-17 ALiEM Wellness Think Tank
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Program Director
Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Residency
Editor, AKOSMED (EM wellness blog)
Arlene Chung, MD


Residency Director @Maimonides_EM | @NYACEP Board Member | Chair, ACEP Well-Being | EMRA #45under45 | She/her | Intrepid searcher for harmony l Opinions my own