3 steps towards recognizing your healthcare system’s work on burnout


The last 12 months have been marked by hope, disappointment, frustration and, perhaps above all, exhaustion. Physicians and other medical professionals have been struck by the stark juxtaposition between the daily toll of disease and death caused by COVID-19 and the general public’s seemingly nonchalant disregard for scientific advice to get vaccinated, masked and practice physical distancing.

All of this has presented the country’s health systems with a major challenge. But it has also been a tremendous opportunity to use the evidence-based tools at their disposal to tackle the systemic drivers of burnout and improve well-being within their organizations when help is needed most.

For healthcare systems rising to the challenge, recognition awaits in the form of the 2022 Joy in Medicine™ Healthcare System Recognition Program. Applications are now open and will be accepted through March 31.

Read the program guidelines (PDF) for a complete overview of the criteria and apply for recognition today.

“While it is always important for healthcare systems to focus on the well-being of care teams, the imperative is greater than ever as the acute stress of battling the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to higher rates of work overload, anxiety and depression,” said AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD.

Launched in 2019, the recognition program has three main goals: to guide healthcare system leaders in promoting wellness, to unite the healthcare community by promoting joy in the profession, and to raise awareness of solutions to reduce ‘burnout.

The program honors outstanding efforts to address the systemic causes of physician burnout in areas such as assessment, leadership, teamwork, peer support, and organizational effectiveness. practice environment.

Temporarily derailed by COVID-19 in 2020, the Joy in Medicine program got back on its feet in 2021, honoring 44 healthcare organizations who “are true leaders in advancing an organizational response that makes a difference in the lives of health workers,” as Dr Harmon said at the time. The 2021 awards doubled the number of awards from the program’s inaugural year.

Learn more about opportunities to tackle physician burnout in 2022.

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The program is for health systems with at least 100 physicians or advanced practice providers (APPs), meeting these eligibility criteria and following these three stages.

Systems with at least 100 physicians or PPAs can proceed to stage two. Those with less than 100 physicians or APP must sign the Collaborative Charter for Healing and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM) and engage with other resources offered by WADA.

Sign it CHARM charter on the well-being of physicians.

Complete a physician wellness assessment completed within the past three years using one of the following validated tools:

  • Mini-Z (or single-item Mini-Z exhaustion question).
  • Maslach burnout inventory.
  • Mayo Wellness Index.
  • Stanford Professional Wellness Survey.

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Healthcare systems that have not yet completed Stage Three can learn more (PDF) about the AMA’s free burnout assessment.

Recognition is based on the organization’s achievements and efforts in six competency areas, assessed through self-assessment and supporting documentation. Criteria include: commitment; Evaluation; effectiveness of the practice environment; leadership; teamwork and support.

Determined to make physician burnout a thing of the past, the AMA has studied and is currently addressing the issues that cause and fuel physician burnout, including time constraints, technology and regulation. , to better understand and reduce the challenges that physicians face.

Focusing on the factors causing burnout at the system level, the AMA assesses the well-being of an organization and offers guidance and targeted solutions to support physician well-being and satisfaction.


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