The Council for Resident Education in Obstetrics & Gynecology (CREOG) established a task force to look into Physician Satisfaction and Wellness as a CREOG initiative in 2014. The culture of residency is a setup for burnout due to high levels of stress from heavy workloads, long hours, and personal life changes. Also, the challenges of working with individuals who are sick, even dying, can negatively impact the emotional health of physicians. Obstetrics & Gynecology physicians have a higher risk of burnout and substance abuse when compared to nearly all other fields of medicine.
Wellness means caring for the caregiver to encourage professional satisfaction and humanism in medicine. Wellness is a daily practice of behaviors that promote health within the physician and the medical community.
Beginning in July 2017, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) made physician well-being in the working and learning environment a priority. The common program requirements have been revised to include the following:
Section VI. The Learning and Working Environment
Residency education must occur in the context of a learning and working environment that emphasizes the following principles:
The Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program at Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia has established priorities for resident well-being for the academic year 2017-18.
In order to meet these priorities, a “Wellness Program,” including education and activities that focus on personal well-being and understanding of factors that lead to professional satisfaction and resilience, is integrated into the residency curriculum. The program will: