The Colorado Medical Society and its Expert Panel on Physician Wellness have taken on the goal of improving physician wellness and reducing burnout in 2014. A crucial partner in the effort are the experts at the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, who have developed a toolkit that was released in September 2014 specifically tailored to physicians to address the eight dimensions of wellness with a focus on stress and burnout.
>> Click here to download the toolkit
As they were preparing the toolkit, the BHWP team provided monthly segments that were posted on CMS.org (listed below). We encourage members to continue to explore these segments and use the comment feature to engage with your colleagues.
January: Introduction to Wellness
February: Dimensions of Wellness Survey Results
March: Choosing Well-Being
April: Work and Well-Being
May: A Practice in Mindfulness
July: A Mindfulness Practice
August: Strategies to Avoid Burnout
September: Sustaining Change
In April 2011, CMS conducted an all-member morale survey that revealed only one-half of physician members are able to live a healthy lifestyle in regards to exercise and diet; fewer are satisfied they’re able to find time to relax through activities like yoga or reading. Following the survey, then-CMS President Brent Keeler, MD, named members to the CMS Expert Panel on Physician Wellness to advise the board of directors. The panel finalized their recommendations in February 2013 and the board approved their report at Spring Conference in May 2013.
The wellness panel recommends, first, strongly supporting and actively participating in the governor’s vision for health and wellness; more information is below.
Internally, CMS should:
- Educate members on the governor’s plan and encourage its support by all elements of organized medicine;
- Encourage individual physicians to lead by example, promoting prevention and wellness to their patients and the public by living a healthy lifestyle;
- Provide resources on healthy living and ways physicians can participate in public and patient education, specifically through this specialized section of the CMS website, which will be continually shaped by the wellness panel; and
- Partner with other stakeholders.
Click here to view the report of the CMS Expert Panel on Physician Wellness.
Gov. Hickenlooper’s wellness plan
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled his plan, “The State of Health: Colorado’s Commitment to Become the Healthiest State,” in May 2013. He hopes to make Colorado the healthiest state in America through the promotion of prevention and wellness, expansion of health care access and capacity, improvement of system integration and quality, and strengthening of cost containment and sustainability.
Click here to view a statement from CMS President Jan Kief, MD, a CMS press release, and video coverage of the press conference.
23 1/2 Hours
Mike Evans, M.D., an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, created a nine-minute video titled “23 1/2 Hours” in which he describes how 30 minutes of exercise a day can reduce most health problems and greatly improve quality of life.
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