Dear Fellow Emergency Clinicians,
During this unprecedented time, the Well-Being Committee and Wellness Section, both want to express our appreciation to all who accepted the call to serve in the field of Emergency Medicine. You are not alone in this. Your passion and dedication to provide care for those in need is noticed and recognized, even more today during this critical time.
We are proud to be your colleagues and stand firm in knowing that you are doing the very best to provide care during these difficult times. Though we are overworked, tired, and stretched thin, we continually answer the call to care for our individual communities during the time they need us most. Selflessly, we put ourselves on the front lines; running towards the problems and work tirelessly to find the solutions that allow us to provide the needed care.
As we work through this pandemic, we want to echo that we hope everyone is able to be safe. In trying times such as these, we as Emergency Clinicians, tend to take care of ourselves last. However, the leadership teams are standing with you to ensure that your wellness is not sacrificed.
In this setting, we recognize the need to provide you with resources to assist you during this time of need. In response, work behind the scenes continues to support the provision of care to patients and their communities, while protecting your work environment, health, and well-being.
ACEP is working closely with Federal Government regulators as an advocate for our profession. In doing so, interstate licensing barriers have been changed, protection of liability measures are being developed, and Dr. Bill Jaquis, ACEP President, has met with the White House Administration advocating for PPE and more testing. A new website has been developed to host all clinical resources for our colleagues. In addition, ACEP has many resources to assist you through difficulties.
ACEP Wellness & Assistance Program
The ACEP Wellness & Assistance Program offers ACEP members exclusive access to THREE (3) FREE CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING OR WELLNESS SESSIONS in partnership with Mines & Associates. The one-on-one sessions are available 24/7 by phone, text or online messaging.
Counseling sessions can cover everyday issues including stress, anxiety, depression, family issues, drug and alcohol abuse, relationships, death and grief, and more. Wellness coaching sessions are 30-minute phone calls to help you reach your personal wellness goals. NBME board-certified wellness coaches can help you set specific wellness goals and plan for progress checks along the way to help you reach your objectives. This new program is strictly confidential and is free with your ACEP membership.
ACEP ‘Let’s Talk’ Community on EngagED
This online community was specifically designed to create a safe space where peers can discuss ongoing challenges within their roles, ED’s, and life in general. Here, everyone has a voice and a platform where they can reach out to fellow colleagues for advice and encouragement pertaining to the internal and external factors that affect the balance of our wellness.
If you are interested in having a conversation, all you need to do is click here to sign up.
Our parting thought to you is simple: Even though we are in a crisis, we can still provide compassion and respect for every person who crosses our path.
ACEP Well-Being Committee
- Arlene Chung, MD, FACEP, Chair
- Rita A. Manfredi MD, FACEP
- Alison Haddock, MD, FACEP
ACEP Wellness Section
- Randall Levin, MD, FACEP, Chair
- Randy Sorge, MD, FACEP
- Pamela Ross, MD, FACEP
- Susan Haney, MD, FACEP
- Angelica McPartlin, MD, FACEP
- Kristen Nordenholz, MD
- Matthew Wong, MD, FACEP
- Michelle Caskey, MD