Physician Well-being

The MMA recognizes physician well-being as an important component of professionalism and that physician distress, burnout and mental illness are well-documented issues in the medical profession.

In March 2010, the MMA convened a 26-member task force chaired by MMA Past-President Patricia Lindholm, M.D., to survey members and explore ways the MMA could promote physician well-being. Based on the recommendations of this task force, the MMA is developing an implementation plan for promoting physician well-being.

Below are resources about the prevalence of physician burnout and methods to remedy it.


September 7, 2011: Physician suicide: What is the scope of the problem? 

Physician Well-being Task Force

Bibliography of Resources Complied by the Physician Wellbeing Taskforce 


Minnesota Medicine

January 2011 Issue
Battling Burnout
Mid-Career Crisis
Hope for Healers
Demystifying Mindfulness


Dr. Lindholm on Well-being


Other Resources

AMA Physician Suicide Webinars
Physicians Serving Physicians

Integrity in Health Care: Cultivating Organizations of Trust and Inspiration
Burnout self test
ePhysician Health
Finding Balance in a Medical Life," by Lee Lipsenthal, M.D.
International Conference on Physician Health 2010 Materials and Presentations
Podcast: Building Resilient Medical Communities, Richard Gunderman, M.D.
U of M Center for Spirituality & Healing
Meditation may help the brain "turn down the volume" on distractions  


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