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Physician Wellness

Body, mind & Spirit

Prioritizing your health & wellbeing

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

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout and depression were common challenges within the medical profession. Over the past two years, these challenges have exponentially multiplied due to the unrelenting and inexorable demands of the pandemic and the toll it has taken on the nation’s health system.

COVID-19 Wellness Support

Whether you’re in crisis, or just beginning to struggle with burnout or depression, talking about how you feel is the first step toward recovery. The list below includes contact information for free, confidential physician support and guidance during, and beyond, the COVID pandemic.

Wellness Resources

  • Physician Wellness and Burnout Tools
    This resource from the American College of Physicians provides access to TedTalks, podcasts, webinars and wellness apps focused on improving your personal well-being and satisfaction.
  • Well-Being Resources
    View curated resources available from the American Psychiatric Association, included targeted interventions for depression, burnout and addiction.
  • Clinician Support Tools
    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 resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians providing health care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Free or Discounted Wellness Apps

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.

  • Calm (AOA member discount available)
    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). Learn more.

Additional Resources

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a free, confidential 24/7 treatment referral routing service. Call 1-800-662-4357 or find more information on the SAMHSA website.


On-Demand Webinar: Avoid Burnout and Build Resilience

Gaurav Agarwal, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine discusses how to move beyond the prevention of burnout to promote resilience, well-being, and joy. Available for CME

Watch now

On-Demand Webinar: Health & Wellness During the Pandemic

Learn a variety of health strategies for maintaining balance during the pandemic, including general tips on incorporating much-needed sleep, diet and exercise into your routine. For free viewing, watch on YouTube. To get CME credit, viewers must register through AOA Online Learning.

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