SHM is committed to supporting hospitalists and the health care team to safely deliver patient care while maintaining the health and wellbeing of the families and the community they serve. SHM has developed resources for hospitalists as well as compiled a listing of existing resources which you can find on our website. The resources include:
Hospital Medicine COVID-19 Check-in Guide for Self & Peers
This is the first resource produced by SHM’s Wellbeing Taskforce to address the issues of hospitalist burnout and mental health during COVID-19. It is designed to help hospitalists to break the culture of silence around wellbeing, burnout, and mental health during COVID-19 by encouraging open conversation around how they are handling and processing the pandemic. Download the guide at https://bit.ly/3nxikzl.
SHM’s Strategies for Hospitalist Wellbeing Initiatives during COVID-19
This resource was developed based on information shared during an April 2020 webinar on Provider Wellbeing. Included are examples of initiatives currently being implemented by various hospital medicine groups. You can find this resource at https://bit.ly/3seNBKQ.
Hear experiences and examples of how hospitalists and hospital medicine grouups are managing their response to the clinical and practice implications of COVID-19. Webinars have included topics related to hospitalist wellbeing. For instance, a recent webinar featured Gail Gazelle, MD, MCC, a physician coach, author, and mentor focused on burnout and resilience. This was a virtual, confidential session created for hospitalists to have a space for honest reflection, support, and the exploration of strategies for navigating the stress and challenges of being on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and in caring for themselves and their families during a pandemic. See upcoming and recorded SHM webinars on the website: www.hospitalmedicine.org/clinical-topics/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-resources-for-hospitalists/webinars.
Other resources not provided directly by SHM include:
Physician Support Line: volunteer psychiatrist-staffed helpline for free and confidential peer support to discuss immediate life stressors. Available 7 days a week, 8:00am-12:00am EST. Contact number: 888-409-0141
Talkspace: virtual therapy tool offering a free month of Unlimited Messaging Plus for health care providers by registering using their NPI. Download app in App Store or Google Play.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: free and confidential crisis hotline for anyone available 24/7 across the United States. Contact number: 800-273-8255.
Headspace Meditation App: app-based meditation tool. Premium version (Headspace Plus) available free for health care providers through 2020 by registering using their National Provider Identifier (NPI). Download app in App Store or Google Play.
Tide: A free app that uses natural sounds to help you sleep, relax, focus, and meditate. Tide also listens to your breathing to play an alarm during your lightest sleep phase, waking you up as gently as possible. Their premium service is available to all health care workers. Download app in App Store or Google Play.