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Physician Wellness Strategy

Mind, body, spirit

Osteopathic perspective on wellness

The AOA's Physician Wellness Strategy is designed to address 8 aspects of your health and well-being.

To help physicians and medical students maintain mental and physical health, the AOA’s House of Delegates voted last year to create a Physician Wellness Strategy. A key component of the strategy focuses on providing DOs and osteopathic medical students with tools to improve their own well-being and educate others about the importance of wellness. Our DO Well Toolkit was designed to help you assess your own wellness and includes resources for resetting, recharging and maintaining balance.

Developed by physicians for physicians, the strategy takes an osteopathic approach by helping DOs and students focus on all aspects of their health, including:


  • Physical

    As a DO or osteopathic medical student, you understand the importance of preventive medicine. Establishing healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine can help ward off chronic disease and keep your mind and body strong.

  • Emotional

    Your emotional health is one of the most important components of your well-being. Understanding your feelings, developing a sense of awareness and building resilience will help keep you focused and balanced.

  • Environmental 

    Optimal health is best achieved when your mental and physical health is in harmony with your surrounding environment. How you interact with your natural (i.e. climate) and built (i.e. work) environments can have a major impact on your health.

  • Financial

    Financial stress can have a severe impact on more than just your pocketbook. Overcoming the uncertainty and anxiety caused by financial stress can be challenging, but will ultimately lead to relief and increased peace of mind.

  • Intellectual

    Seeking ways to stimulate your curiosity and creativity will keep your mind sharp and engaged. By becoming active in cultural and scholastic activities, you'll expand your skills and knowledge. And you'll enjoy added benefits by sharing what you learn with others.

  • Occupational 

    Finding true joy and satisfaction in your work can lead to reduced stress and burnout. This can be achieved by finding ways to utilize your talents, establish a healthy work-life balance and manage workplace stress.

  • Social 

    A positive mental outlook can result from having a strong support network of friends, family members and colleagues. Fostering nurturing and supportive relationships also helps build communication skills and empathy.

  • Spiritual

    Spiritual wellness focuses on connectedness with self, others music, nature, art, or a power greater than oneself. Exploring your values, beliefs and purpose can result in greater happiness and satisfaction with your life and career.

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