By Joseph Greco, MD, Bryn Mawr Family Practice Residency Program Director
Main Line Health has been selected to participate in “National Initiative VI”: Stimulating a Culture of Well-Being in the Clinical Learning Environment. The Initiative is sponsored by the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), a national membership organization of independent teaching hospitals based in Chicago, Illinois.
The AIAMC National Initiative (NI) 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. Fifty-eight hospitals and health systems and nearly 700 individuals have participated in the AIAMC National Initiatives since 2007, driving change that has resulted in meaningful and sustainable outcomes improving the quality and safety of patient care. Thirty-four AIAMC-member hospitals and health systems were selected to participate in National Initiative VI.
Main Line Health was selected based upon their demonstrated commitment to better understanding and improving well-being in their clinical learning environments. A leadership team from Main Line Health 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.
“Studies clearly demonstrate that the net impact of mounting pressures of clinical care is escalating physician burnout and depression. 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”, states Kimberly Pierce-Boggs, AIAMC Executive Director. “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. “
The AIAMC was founded in 1989 and its membership includes 82 academic hospitals and health systems representing more than 750 senior medical academic leaders.