The problem of burnout and caregiver fatigue among physicians is real and immediate. In fact, research shows that the rates of overall burnout extend to about 40 percent of U.S. physicians, more than 10 percentage points higher than the general population. In response, the American Medical Association (AMA) has created an ambitious program aimed at successfully preventing burnout and promoting well-being  by offering new online modules that help physicians learn their risk factors for burnout and adopt real-life strategies to reignite professional fulfillment and resilience. 

“Physicians are professionals who at their core are called to self-sacrifice and inclined to always do what's necessary to take care of patients,” said AMA President Steven J. Stack, M.D. “But modern medicine can take a toll over time, and the AMA wants physicians to know about the risks associated with burnout and the strategies to help combat it.”

Two new modules in the AMA STEPS Forward series offer key strategies for taking on burnout. 

  • The first module, Improving Physician Resiliency, offers an internal approach to help physicians managed personal and professional stress. Physicians who are resilient are better equipped to manage the stress of relentless change in medical practice and less likely to experience burnout. The module provides simple, evidence-based solutions to help physicians foster resilience against stress and protect against burnout.
  • The second module, Preventing Physician Burnout, offers an external approach to help physicians make practice-level changes to improve workflow and reduce barriers to patient care. Increasing physician involvement in efforts to improve their practice environment results in better patient satisfaction, quality outcomes, and overall practice morale and productivity. The module provides assessment tools and targeted intervention strategies that reduce sources of stress and support professional well-being.

Both modules are among 17 others currently available in the STEPS Forward series created by the AMA in partnership with Klick Health, an award-winning digital health agency.