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Life/Wellness

DO Well Toolkit

Promoting wellness

An osteopathic approach to preventing physician burnout and depression

Everyone in medicine, from medical school through retirement, could face depression, burnout or suicidal thoughts at some point in their training or career.

As physicians, we’re used to taking care of patients. We’re not always as good at taking care of ourselves. It’s time to take an osteopathic approach to our own wellness. Created by physicians and medical students, the DO Well Toolkit provides resources for addressing physician burnout, depression and suicidal ideation. Explore the information below to learn more about preventing burnout, spotting warning signs and seeking help.


Spotting the Warning Signs

In a recent Medscape survey, 42% of physician respondents reported experiencing burnout and 15% admitted to experiencing depression. Learn how to spot warning signs and steps you can take to get back on track.

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Finding Your Reset Point

If you identify with many of the common warning signs of physician burnout, or worry that you’re heading down that road, it may help to press the reset button on your mindfulness. Learn simple steps you can take to help reduce stress and alleviate anxiety, depression and exhaustion.

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Achieving Work-Life Balance

It’s not unusual for a physician’s work to take up a majority of waking life (5-7 days per week, 8-12+ hours per day). This grueling schedule makes it difficult to unplug from work. Learn strategies to help establish balance between work and the rest of your life.

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