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Worried about burnout? We are, too

October 2017

As a first step to combating burnout, Legacy is developing a peer support program to help address the everyday stress providers experience. Apply now or nominate a colleague to become an on-call peer support mentor.

Sponsored by the Legacy Medical Staff Wellness Committee, half-day peer support training for 60 medical staff members is scheduled on Tuesday, Dec. 5 or Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Space is limited and participants will be selected to ensure there is support for the different hospital/clinic locations, specialty and provider types.

The training is led by Jo Shapiro, M.D., nationally known expert on peer support programs (see attached article). She is director, Center for Professionalism and Peer Support at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and associate professor, Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Peer support is a protected (i.e., anonymous/not documented) way of reaching out to a colleague if a stressful medical event occurs or the provider needs direction for personal duress. Legacy’s peer mentors will be trained to steer providers to vetted resources or to just have a conversation.

Commitment

  • Half-day day training on Dec. 5 or 6
  • Assist peers throughout Legacy, including being on-call for peer support no more than 7-10 days a year
  • Ongoing availability to assist the Medical Staff Wellness Committee and for additional training (1-2 times a year)

Action

To either apply or nominate a colleague, please complete the online application by Friday, Oct. 20.

The Medical Staff Wellness Committee prioritized this program based on a survey of the medical staff, review of the literature on burnout, and their assessment of the needs of our colleagues. Stay tuned for additional support steps from this committee.

Questions

For more information, email wellness@lhs.org or check out the wellness resources on the Legacy Portal.

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