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Physician Wellness

Physician Wellness

Mental Health

Supporting physician wellness

Caring for patients is your top concern. But it's more important than ever to devote time to your own health and wellness, too.

Virtual OMED wellness sessions now available on-demand

As part of Virtual OMED 2020, the AOA offered several on-demand sessions from wellness experts, osteopathic physicians and AOA staff to help bring the practice of wellness to your day.

Though the online conference platform is now closed, nine of these sessions are still available for free viewing in a playlist on the AOA’s YouTube channel.

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On-demand webinar: COVID-19 Care: Avoid Burnout and Build Resilience

On Aug. 11, Dr. Gaurav Agarwal, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine discussed how to move beyond the prevention of burnout, and instead systemically cultivate human thriving and connection in ways that promote resilience, well-being, and joy for all health care team members.

View slides from this webinar. Watch for free (with no CME) on YouTube, and register for CME on AOA Online Learning.

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On-demand webinar: Health & Wellness During the Pandemic

Watch this AOA webinar, recorded May 6, to hear a variety of health strategies from general tips on sleep and healthy eating to ways to stay fit during the pandemic. Information and resources on social and emotional wellness are also shared.

View slides from this webinar. For free viewing, watch on YouTube. To get CME credit, viewers must register through AOA Online Learning.

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DO starts volunteer mental health support line for fellow physicians

Mona Masood, DO, founded the Physician Support Line as an outlet for physicians struggling with the mental health toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. To call, dial (888) 409-0141.

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Psychiatrist provides quick tips for daily COVID-19 wellness exercises

Ron Holt, DO, a psychiatrist, discusses easy steps to take, including cultivating a daily gratitude practice, to cope with the fear and anxiety stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW: Dr. Holt has also recently published a coloring book to help reduce stress among frontline physicians. The book has 35 stress-reducing affirmations, quotes, and mandalas to color.

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AOA Member Discount on Calm wellness app

The AOA is pleased to offer a special AOA Member Discount on the popular Calm wellness app. Guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep stories and more will alleviate stress and improve sleep. AOA members pay only $29.99 for the annual subscription (regularly $69.99).

Wellness apps offer free access during COVID-19

Recognizing the need to help health care workers manage the stress of being on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, several wellness apps are now offering free access.

  • Headspace is currently offering all health care professionals free access to premium content, including guided exercises to reduce stress, increase movement and promote sleep. Register now.
  • Ten Percent Happier is offering health care workers unlimited access to app content, including live events, podcasts and personal coaching. Register now
  • Sanvello has opened all premium content to the public, including modules on self care, peer support, coaching and therapy. Register now.

National Academy of Medicine shares strategies to support physician wellness

Recognizing the likelihood that the COVID-19 crisis may exacerbate existing levels of burnout and mental health stressors, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has compiled a list of strategies and resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians providing health care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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