Christiana Care has been selected to participate in National Initiative VI: Stimulating a Culture of Well-Being in the Clinical Learning Environment, sponsored by the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), a Chicago-based membership organization of independent teaching hospitals.

Heather Farley, M.D., FACEP

“The AIAMC National Initiative is the only national and multi-institutional collaborative of its kind in which residents lead multidisciplinary teams in quality improvement projects aligned to their institution’s strategic goals,” said Heather Farley, M.D., FACEP, director of Provider Wellbeing. “Christiana Care was selected based on our proven commitment to better understanding and improving well-being in clinical learning environments.”

A leadership team from Christiana Care will collaborate with select hospitals from across the United States in developing and implementing a well-being plan that will positively impact both individual health and institutional culture. Participants from Christiana Care will attend four on-site learning sessions as well as monthly networking teleconferences and educational webinars during the 18-month period of the National Initiative.

“Studies clearly demonstrate that the net impact of mounting pressures of clinical care is escalating physician burnout and depression,” said Kimberly Pierce-Boggs, AIAMC executive director. “Layered on these challenges is the stigma many physicians in training and practice encounter related to acknowledging that they need help, and feeling supported and safe in asking for help. The time is right for forward-thinking academic medical centers to proactively address provider and institutional well-being while engaging trainees directly in those well-being initiatives.”