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Maurizio Fava Lecture Series on Well-Being with Dr. Victor Dzau

November 29, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

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“Combatting Clinician Burnout and Uniting the Health Workforce to Optimize Well-Being”

The Maurizio Fava Lecture Series on Well-Being was created to honor Dr. Fava’s vision and advocacy for the well-being of the MGH community.

The capacity and well-being of the U.S. health workforce have been under threat for years due to an epidemic of burnout, and more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated this issue. Now at least 40% of nurses, 20% of physicians, and more than 25% of state and local public health department employees are considering leaving their professions. The U.S. health system is at stake due to this healthcare workforce crisis. It is critical to address burnout not as an individual issue, but rather as a systems issue that emanates from workplace culture, healthcare policies and regulations, and societal expectations.

This talk was built on the work of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience which focused on the changes that are needed to support the mental health and well-being of clinicians, and addressed retention, burnout prevention and intervention programs. The NAM recently released a National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being, which provides a roadmap for actions by multiple actors together to drive policy and systems change, in order to better support the health workforce and the health of all communities.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants were able to: 

  • Summarize the root causes behind the clinician well-being crisis in the United States.
  • Understand why supporting clinician well-being at a systems level is crucial to maintaining high quality of care and reducing strain on our health care system.
  • Discuss the recommendations of the NAM National Plan for helping healthcare providers recover from the pandemic and to mitigate pre-existing drivers of burnout.

Target Audience: This activity was intended for faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD, Director, Center for Faculty Development; Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Presenter: Victor J. Dzau, MD, President of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States. In addition, he serves as Vice Chair of the National Research Council. Dr. Dzau is also James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Chancellor Emeritus at Duke University and the past President and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Previously he was the Hersey Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


November 29, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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