An article from the AMA discussing new methods of training resident physicians in order to improve their overall health and avoid burnout.


Health and well-being are key concepts throughout medical school. Those concepts take on a new level of import, however, at the outset of residency. Once resident physicians begin their graduate medical education, longer hours and increased responsibility can lead to burnout.

New residents can glean insights on stress management and the signs of burnout in a course—“Thriving Through Residency: The Resilient Resident”—offered through the AMA GME Competency Education Program.

With contributions by subject-matter experts from around the country, the program offerings include more than 25 courses that residents can access online, on their own schedule. Among the experts are several who contributed to the AMA’s Health Systems Science textbook, which draws insights from faculty at medical schools that are part of the Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.

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