Professional Wellness

According to a 2013 Medscape survey, more than 40% of U.S. physicians reported experiencing at least one symptom of burnout (loss of enthusiasm for work, feelings of cynicism, and a low sense of personal accomplishment). A 2012 study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that more than one-third of physicians were burned out. These startling figures support the American Academy of Family Physicians 2014 Practice Profile report which indicates that family physicians spend 1.8 hours per week on prior authorization of insurance coverage, 7.7 hours per week on non face-to-face patient care issues, and 3.8 hours per week on other non-patient care tasks.

Need Help Now?

Crisis Intervention: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: call 800.273.8255 or text 4HOPE to 741741.

Confidential Resource for Physicians: The Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP) offers services and resources to health care professionals affected by mental, emotional, and behavioral illness. To get help or learn more, visit the OPHP website or call 614.841.9690.

Other reasons for this crisis include administrative burden, difficulty finding work-life balance, feeling undervalued, frustrations with referral networks, government regulations, and (of course) reimbursement issues. These frustrations are shared across different types of family medicine practices.

The following resources are provided to help you reduce burnout and increase your resiliency.



Online Resources

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Medical Association STEPS Forward
A practice-based initiative created to provide you with proven strategies that can improve practice efficiency and help you reach better patient experience, better population health, and lower overall costs with improved professional satisfaction.
Health Policy Institute of Ohio

Help Guide
Provides research-driven, impartial tools and information to help readers strengthen their mental and emotional health, improve their relationships, and take charge of their lives.

Ohio Physicians Health Program
A non-profit organization which offers confidential assistance to physicians and other health care professionals who may be affected by mental, emotional and behavioral illness, substance-related and addictive disorders, or other issues impacting their health and well-being.
  • Burnout Questionnaire—A confidential questionnaire to help you screen yourself for symptoms of burnout.
Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition
A coalition established in 2017 by Ohio’s major physician associations. Led by its Physician Advisory Council (PAC), the Coalition’s goal is to address physician burnout by providing physician wellness initiatives.
  • Physician Wellness Series
    A series of 6 videos focused on addressing physician burnout. Each video is approved for CME credit.

Provider Well-Being: Moving from Triple to Quadruple Aim in Clinical Training
A webinar recorded and presented by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Bounce Back Project
A community project created to improve health through happiness.

The Happy MD
Offers a set of field-tested resources to help prevent physician burnout and build an ideal practice along the way.

The National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
A network of more than 50 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. Goals for the Action Collaborative include: (1) Improve baseline understanding of challenges to clinician well-being; (2) Raise the visibility of clinician stress and burnout; and (3) Elevate evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions that will improve patient care by caring for the caregiver.

The Ohio State University Center for Integrative Health and Wellness
Offers the best of both conventional and complementary medicine to promote optimal health, prevent and treat disease, and meet each patient’s unique physical, emotional and spiritual health goals.