Feeling burnt out, tired, unfocused? Are you used to doling out advice for healthy living to patients but not always taking it for yourself? The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is calling their members to focus on their own wellness and self care during the 2016 Emergency Medicine Wellness Week™.
The weeklong event, scheduled for January 24-30, provides an opportunity for all emergency physicians to recommit to their own healthfulness so they can continue to provide exceptional care to patients. Physicians can participate by visiting the EM Wellness Week webpage and signing up for daily wellness tips, printing a personal pledge card, finding resources and videos about better wellness, and sharing stories of personal improvement.
“As emergency physicians, we care a lot about our patients. That’s why we chose this specialty. But all too often we are so busy caring for others, we forget to care about ourselves,” said ACEP President Jay A. Kaplan, MD, FACEP, in a prepared statement. “We want this week to be about action rather than just ideas. Everyone makes resolutions around the New Year; we hope that this week will help us and our colleagues make commitments to become more healthy, less burned out, and more resilient.”
ACEP is suggesting the physicians work toward improvements in three major areas, such as:
- Eat healthy
- Drink water, not soda
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night in blocks of at least 4 hours
- Spend time with family, friends
- Spend time connecting to your spiritual self
- Do one community project
- Learn to recognize burnout and decrease it
- Develop a new networking contact
- Plan your next career move
For more information about the EM Wellness Week, visit ACEP’s webpage about the event. For more resources about wellness in general, visit AKOSMED, a social media wellness platform for Emergency Medicine residents, attendings, and other healthcare professionals.
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