Here’s How We Will Help You Meet the New ACGME Accreditation Requirements for Resident/Faculty Wellbeing

The latest ACGME Common Program Requirements (CPR Section VI. C. [Wellbeing]) put a renewed emphasis on patient safety and resident and faculty wellbeing. The following bullet points summarize the ACGME accreditation requirements. They are followed by how our program addresses them.

Residents and fellows must have round-the-clock access to a mental health professional for urgent or emergent mental health issues​

We offer 365/24/7 immediate access to our team as well as follow-up telehealth care by psychologists, mental health and coaching professionals who understand the GME environment and the culture of medicine. All mental health services to residents or faculty are personally supervised by Dr. Paolini.

Residencies must provide basic physician wellbeing education to residents and faculty members that includes how to identify symptoms of resident and faculty member burnout, depression, and substance abuse.

Our interactive, digital Positive Connections program for physician education provides an ongoing stream of “bite-sized” wellbeing educational content interspersed with inspirational messages, and news and clinical information written by physicians for physicians.

Weekly one- to three-question polls are designed to engage residents and faculty, as well as to monitor the wellbeing of the resident and faculty populations by collecting aggregated anonymous data.

Further education is required to assist physicians when burnout, depression, and substance abuse is experienced along with resources for seeking appropriate care.​

On-site quarterly self-care and personal growth group sessions with residents and faculty are designed to provide advanced content and opportunities for personal insight while also fostering development of relational and communication skills (both collegiality and patient communications) and leadership qualities.

Assessments, coaching and psychotherapy are available through telehealth or intensive day-long sessions or multi-day retreats by professionals or who specialize in physician mental health. The modality of the assessment and treatment will be determined by circumstances and severity.

Programs are required to provide access to appropriate tools for self-screening.​

We recommend deploying a validated wellbeing inventory to provide pre/post measurement of the residency organizational culture and working environment. The tool for this assessment can also provide self-screening feedback to physicians. We can help in selecting and deploying the appropriate instrument.

We can also recommend and help deploy a 100-percent anonymous, web-based individual self-screening tool for residents and faculty that meets ACGME self-screening tool requirements.

Residents and faculty members must be encouraged to notify designated personnel or program directors when they are concerned that a colleague may be displaying signs of burnout, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation or potential for violence.

The ongoing digital Positive Connections awareness and education program stresses both self-care and concern for the mental health of others. The round-the-clock immediate access line provides a way for any resident or faculty member to express concern for the well-being of a colleague.

This surprisingly affordable program is being piloted at a new residency in Florida but is designed to be deployed anywhere in the country. It meets ACGME requirements for round-the-clock access to mental health professionals, for wellbeing awareness and education, and for monitoring the wellbeing of populations and individuals. However, our primary objective is to help create a culture and environment to conductive to learning, quality patient care and meaning in medicine. More comprehensive programs can be developed to meet specific needs.

613 N. Wymore Rd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-461-7664

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