AMSA’s Trainee Wellness & Professionalism Action Committee aims is to improve the physician-in-training experience by
- promoting affordability and access to medical education,
- fostering a supportive educational environment,
- advancing student wellness in order to help trainees flourish and
- determining and helping to address unmet medical and premedical student needs.
We believe that student support and wellness are particularly affected by the availability of safe and adequate learning environments; the availability of counseling as well as mental health services; and the accessibility of appropriate academic resources and career planning tools.
We aim to change how future physicians interact by promoting:
- Professionalism over commercialism
- Teamwork over isolation
- Patient-centered care over physician-centered care
- Ethics awareness, integrity and professional development
- Increased physician-in-training access to Medical Humanities
We believe that priorities of medical school training should include:
- Patient safety and quality
- Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine education
- Interprofessional Competencies
Our Goals & Getting Engaged
- Student Wellness: Defining and implementing research to determine and address unmet medical and premedical student needs in their educational experiences as it relates to physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. WSL advocates for and promotes student health and well-being.
Learn More About Student Well-Being
View Our Wellness Resources: Yoga, Breathing, Mindfulness & Jin Shin Jyutsu Exercises
- Humanism in Medicine: Extend opportunities to physicians-in-training in the development of lifestyles that counter the deleterious effects of stress through creative expression, self-care, balance and holistic goals for personal growth and professional development.
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Humanistic Elective in Alternative medicine, Activism, and Reflective Transformation (HEART) 4th Year Clerkship
- Student Support: Provide student wellness resources that will allow physicians-in-training access to information for their personal growth and well-being. Offering creative outlets where physicians-in-training can express and reflect on their experiences in academic environments, working on the wards and/or engaging in community service.
- Student Debt: Advocate for affordability of medical education and reducing student debt through legislative action and education, as evidenced by legislative changes, favorable debt repayment plans for residents, and increased transparency in medical education tuition costs.
- Providing skills needed to operate as model professionals in the current shift towards a health care system based on teamwork and patient-centered care aligns with the following Charter: Medical Professionalism in the New Millenium: A Physician Charter, Annals of Internal Medicine.
More Ways to Get Involved
- AMSA 2012 Patient Safety Symposium (see sidebar)
Executive Summary – To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, National Academy of Sciences
Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out by Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
Epidemiology of medical error, BMJ
Patient Safety: helping medical students understand error in healthcare, QSHC
- A Local Project to promote Patient Safety – Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm
- Safer Surgery Project
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Web M&M: Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Courses and Certificates
- Medline Plus Medical Ethics information and resources
- Center for Practical Bioethics: Center Media
- Ethical Perspectives- interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration
Conflict of Interest in Medicine
- IOM’s Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education and Practice
- Doctors Without Borders: Why You Can’t Trust Medical Journals Anymore
- PharmedOut Project & AMSA’s Just Medicine Campaign
- The Design Principles for Healthcare Renewal
- Weil Foundation: Transforming Healthcare
- IOM, Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public: A Summary of the February 2009 Summit.
- IOM, Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the United States
- Integrator Guide: Sections on CAM and Integrative Health in the Affordable Care Act-HR 3590
- Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care
- Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
- American College for Advancement in Medicine
- NCCAM multimedia resources
- Naturopathic Physicians Research Institute
- The Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Teamwork, Patient-Centered Care & Interprofessional Relations
- ACCAHC on Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments
- IPEC’s Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practices
- Action Strategies for Interprofessional Education
AMSA Patient Safety Symposium Resources
The AMSA Patient Safety Symposium was held at the Jefferson School of Population Health in Philadelphia, PA on September 7-8, 2012 with the support of funding from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Centered around seminal National Patient Safety Foundation Unmet Needs report, the symposium aimed to bring together stakeholders in the movement to improve the quality of patient care to explore current topics in patient safety and develop strategies to incorporate these issues into medical education.
The materials below were presented by the line-up of superb patient safety faculty who shared their expertise with attendees.