The Academy of Medicine Education Foundation (AMEF) provided funds to assist in the launch of a statewide program geared toward assisting physicians with burnout. In 2019, this innovative program was developed by the Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC), under the auspices of the Ohio Physicians Health Program. The AMCNO is proud to be a member of the coalition.

“Physician burnout, even among our physicians-in-training, is an area of high concern, as we already anticipate a significant physician shortfall within the next 10 to 15 years,” said AMCNO member and Past President Dr. Fred Jorgensen. “Burned-out physicians practice less effectively, struggle to maintain good patient relationships, have less satisfying personal lives, and hope to retire early. We cannot afford this. We need to address this issue.” Dr. Jorgensen is a member of the OPWC Physician Advisory Council.   

The OPWC is a coalition dedicated to addressing physician burnout and providing physician wellness initiatives. Members of the OPWC include: the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio; Ohio Physicians Health Program; Ohio State Medical Association; Ohio Osteopathic Association; Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association; Ohio Academy of Family Physicians; Ohio Hospital Association; Columbus Medical Association; Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics; and Ohio Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians.

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