Physician wellness is essential to personal health, professional success, and burnout prevention.  Studies show that physicians who take care of themselves are able to be more effective role models to their patients, experience less stress and burnout, and have higher patient satisfaction scores.

Northwell Emergency Medicine residents participate in wellness programming across all 3 years of training.  We are constantly working to update and grow our wellness curriculum based on the growing body of wellness and burnout literature.  The general purpose of the curriculum is to directly engage residents in, and expose them to, a variety of activities, and also to encourage them develop their own lifelong self-care habits.

Curricular Components:


  1. Narrative Medicine/Reflective Writing Workshop
  2. Intro to Mindfulness Workshop
  3. Yoga
  4. Group Activities (bowling, hiking and other outdoor activities, social events)
  5. Senior Resident Retreat
  6. Personal Mentorship
  7. Resident Appreciation Day

What can you do?

  1. Take action now, make a pledge.  Click here for a link to ACEP’s Wellness Pledge Card.  Click on something, anything from the links below or to the right. Do something for yourself.
  2. Read this:  Tips on how to look after your OWN mental health by Janos Baombe at St. Emlyn’s.
  3. This: 5 Things Institutions Can Do to Prevent Resident Burnout (on AMA Wire)
  4. And this: The STEPSforward curriculum on Resident and Fellow burnout prevention, from the AMA
  5. Visit us often.  This page will grow over time to include updates from the literature and more wellness tools as they are created or identified.

Bibliography on Burnout and Wellness

Clem et al. Factors enhancing career satisfaction among female emergency physicians.  Ann Emerg Med. 2008 Jun;51(6):723-728.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2008.01.011.

Cydulka and Korte.  Career satisfaction in emergency medicine: the ABEM Longitudinal Study of Emergency Physicians. Ann Emerg Med. 2008 Jun;51(6):714-722.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2008.01.005

Eckleberry-Hunt et al. Changing the Conversation From Burnout to Wellness: Physician Well-being in Residency Training Programs. J Grad Med Educ. 2009 Dec; 1(2): 225–230. doi:  10.4300/JGME-D-09-00026.1

Ishak et al. “Burnout During Residency Training: A Literature Review.” Journal Of Graduate Medical Education. 1(2). 2009. 236-242.

Keim, M. “Measuring Wellness Among Resident Physicians.”  Medical Teacher. 28 (4).  2006. 370-374.

Lefebvre, DC. Perspective: Resident Physician Wellness: A New Hope. Acad Med. 2012 May;87(5):598-602. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31824d47ff.

Lombardozzi, KAK. Physician Burnout – A Threat to Quality and Integrity. Posted on Accessed 1/23/2016.

Lisolette et al. Burnout Among U.S. Medical Students, Residents, and Early Career Physicians Relative to the General U.S. Population. Acad Med. 2014 Mar;89(3):443-51. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000134

Shanafelt et al. Burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance among US physicians relative to the general US population. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Oct 8;172(18):1377-85

Swetz et al. Strategies For Avoiding Burnout In Hospice And Palliative Care Medicine: Peer Advice For Physicians On Achieving Longevity And Fulfillment. Journal Of Palliative Medicine. 12(9). 2009. 773-777.

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