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Build Resiliency and Renew your Sense of Purpose

Published on: Dec 20, 2018


Learning physician resiliency has numerous benefits for you, your training, and your practice, but what exactly is resiliency?

Resiliency is the ability to adapt to and bounce back from stressful situations. The good news is -- resiliency can be learned. Physicians who practice resiliency are better equipped to handle challenges. They are less likely to experience burnout and more likely to display compassion and empathy. In addition, practices that promote staff well-being see less turnover and a reduced recruitment costs, as well as increased patient satisfaction and an improved work environment overall.

What steps can you take now to begin to build resiliency and manage your stress?

The AMA STEPS Forward™ Module on improving physician resiliency recommends that you start small. To begin, choose one item from the list below and spend the next 30 days checking in daily (even if only briefly) to measure your progress. If you don't feel like you're improving, be patient and reassess the next day. If you are making progress, give yourself a pat on the back and keep up the good work. Move on to another item when you are ready.

  1. Take a deep breath and get organized
  2. Think about your practice or training from a different perspective
  3. Think about the big picture
  4. Find support and guidance in outside groups
  5. Find meaning outside of work
  6. Last but not least…don't forget to have fun!

For more information on putting these and other concrete steps into practice check out the entire Improving Physician Resiliency Module in the professional well-being section of the AMA ED-Hub’s STEPS Forward program. All modules also offer free CME credit, so you can earn while you learn. Go to AMA ED HUB/STEPS Forward™ for more information on practice improving educational opportunities.