The complexity of medical care today contributes to a high prevalence of physician stress and burnout.
Anesthesia providers face many challenges and pressures in their daily lives. Anesthesiologists make life-and-death decisions every day, often in very difficult emergency situations and for long shifts at a time. The resulting stress can take its toll over time, resulting in difficulty sleeping, lack of appetite, clinical depression and other serious issues.
ASA established “Health and Wellness in Action,” an initiative with the goal of helping anesthesiologists stay healthier through increased awareness and simple-to-use resources.
The following resources are intended to help to guide you, or your organization, to resources that promote health, wellness, and well being.
Wellness Resources for Individuals
Advisory Group on Physician Well-being Individual Interventions for Wellness
This document includes names and types of interventions, pros and cons, cost, and how to access each resource. View and download the list (PDF)
Wellness Retreats and Conferences
Upon reviewing the medical conferences available for physicians, and specifically Physician Anesthesiologists, the following list of wellness retreats/conferences by objective/focus and target audience was compiled. View and download the list (PDF)
Resources for Organizations
A collection of resources for organizations or departments to use to examine or make systemic improvements to improve physician well being. View and download the list (PDF)
Should you want to be involved in the ASA’s efforts to promote physician well being, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Amy Vinson, Chair of the Committee on Physician Well-Being.
These resources are a representative selection and by no means exhaustive of all resources available. We offer these as options for a wide range of wellness needs and do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the ASA.