Resources for Physician Wellness
The Doctor Dilemma: How to Quit Being Miserable Without Quitting Medicine
Sara Dill, MD
The Other Side of Burnout: Solutions for Healthcare Professionals
Beyond Resilience: Trench-Tested Tools to Thrive Under Pressure
Dan Diamond, MD
Medscape Combating Physician Burnout
American Medical Association STEPS Forward
American Association for Physician Leadership Integrated Physician Wellness
National Academy of Medicine Valid and Reliable Survey Instruments to Measure Burnout, Well-Being, and Other Work-Related Dimensions
Causes and Solutions for Physician Burnout
American Academy of Family Physicians Family Physician Burnout, Well-Being, and Professional Satisfaction (Position Paper)
Johns Hopkins Tips for Tackling Physician Burnout
Wellness and Meditation Apps
Headspace: Headspace is a meditation app that teaches you how to meditate, breathe and live mindfully. There are exercises on topics such as managing anxiety, stress relief, breathing, happiness and focus. There’s a free basics course that will teach you the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. The app includes hundreds of guided meditations on subjects like focus, exercise and sleep. Headspace also has daily meditations on a new topic. There is a free trial version, but then a fee is required to continue your membership.
10% Happier: A similar meditation app with guided meditations, videos, talks and sleep content to help build your meditation practice. Over 500 guided meditations. It has an initial trial version then a subscription.
My Well-Being Index: An anonymous tool developed by Mayo Clinic that evaluates medical professionals to assess well-being. It can track wellness over time and individuals can compare their results with their peers. Wellness resources are also provided.
Insight Timer: This is a free meditation app. It includes guided meditations and talks from the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts. Music tracks are included.
Provider Resilience: An app developed by psychologists in conjunction with the Department of Defense to help assess provider’s resilience through self-assessment tools. It includes ratings for compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary traumatic stress, and can monitor changes in these areas.
Calm: Rated the #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Good for beginners but also has advanced content. Similar to other meditation apps in that it includes a daily meditation feature and sleep content.
Relax Melodies: An app specifically designed to help you sleep better. You can select sounds and melodies, and combine them to listen to as you fall asleep. Also includes “Sleep Moves”, which are guided exercises intended to be done in bed as you prepare for sleep.