One of my roles at work is to lead our physician group wellness committee. This is not a role with protected time or tangible rewards, but it is one I feel passionate about.
That said, it is really really hard to know what I (or we, as in the committee) can or should do to promote physician wellness.
I had some extra time yesterday during my work day (it does happen sometimes, though not often!) and since I did not want to do my Calcium and Electrolytes presentation, I decided to browse some official sources of physician wellness material.
I ended up watching this video, which I thought was well done. I liked the emphasis on leadership listening — really listing – to physician’s concerns. There was also more than one mention of coaching-inspired techniques. Then I came up with this list:
(After I was done, I added: “If you are a parent, do not skimp on childcare.”)
The title is tongue in cheek. Obviously I do not know the “secret to this whole thing.” When I was a first year medical student, we did a motivational interviewing exercise with a patient actor in which we were supposed to help them move towards quitting smoking. I ended the conversation to “That’s the secret to this whole thing!” and Josh and I have used this ridiculous phrase sarcastically ever since.
Anyway, the above list is obviously not complete NOR is it the secret. It is not going to make an overworked front line COVID-patient ICU physician magically happy and calm. It is not going to compensate for a chaotic office environment or lack of support staff or unreasonable patient volumes. But maybe for some it is food for thought. So I am sharing it here.
What would others add?
If you work for any sort of larger company, what are things that have been put in place that truly enhance wellness and job satisfaction?