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Health professionals and medical educators have identified resilience, or the ability to overcome adversity, as a characteristic which may be protective against professional burnout.1-4 At Virginia Commonwealth University, we sought to foster resilience among residents in Internal Medicine by implementing formal training for all residents. During the 2015-2016 academic year (AY), residents participated in training-level specific skill development workshops. However, the workshop format lacked a longitudinal component which may be necessary to reinforce and practice the use of these skills to develop consistent behaviors.
1. West CP, et al. Intervention to Promote Physician Well-being, Job Satisfaction, and Professionalism. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):527-533.
2. West CP, et al. Interventions to prevent and reduce physician burnout: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet 2016; 388: 2272–81
3. Yoon J, Daley B, Curlin F. The Association Between a Sense of Calling and Physician Well-Being: A National Study of Primary Care Physicians and Psychiatrist. Acad Psychiatry (2017) 41:167–173.
4. Stevenson A, Phillips CB, Anderson KJ. Resilience among doctors who work in challenging areas: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice (2011) e404-409.
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