Physician wellness is defined by quality of life, which includes the absence of ill-being and the presence of positive physical, mental, social, and integrated well being, as lived through healthy ways of functioning in our environments and activities. This allows us as physicians to thrive and grow to our full potential, across all domains of life.
Adapted from Brady et al. Acad. Pschiatry (2018):42:94-108.
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What has DOM Done for EPIC Wellness?
EPIC Implementation remains one of the biggest wellness challenges in the history of DOM. As the vice chair of physician support and wellness, I have been involved in our EHR Strategy since day 1. I was there during the RFP process. During the year long implementation process I was not only a Readiness Owner but also the Inpatient Physician Lead. I was a STS Trainer, helping to teach EPIC. I was a there at Go-Live as a superuser. Now I'm intimately involved in the various subcommittees and working groups, that are helping to troubleshoot problematic areas in EPIC. I intimately understand our frustrations with EPIC and I have a good understanding of where the pain points are.
I've also been a vocal advocate for us on the various groups focused on wellness, such as the Benefits Utilization Committee for Physician Wellness, the TOH Wellness Committee, and Epic Physician Advisory Committee (EPAC). At the university side I've been advocating for DOM on the Facutly Engagement Team. I've used these comittees as platforms to bring out concerns to senior leaders. I've been at the forefront of the many changes that have occured to address our needs.
Of course being on committees isn't enough. I've always said that wellness is people work. Though it is by no means efficient or even visible, I think the biggest and most rewarding things have been to walk around the wards to try to help colleagues, answering your emails, or just chatting in the middle of work. I'm by no means the only doing such ad hoc interventions, but it all adds up to wellness for us. Let me know how we can do better.