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Focusing on well-being is essential to maintaining a sustainable hospital medicine group and creating a supportive and resilient team. SHM encourages groups to take a holistic approach to wellbeing, offering resources designed for hospital leaders who seek to build a culture that fosters a collaborative environment, promotes wellbeing, and ultimately engages hospitalists as valuable members of the team.

Stop the Stigma: An Action Toolkit to Remove Mental Health History Reporting

Stigma and concerns relating to the loss of medical license or other practice privileges can create a barrier to seeking mental health treatment.  This toolkit provides easy to follow steps and scripts to advocate for change where these barriers exist. 

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Hospitalist Well-being Advocates Toolkit

This toolkit provides hospitalists with the tools to advance well-being at their institution, regardless of their position or role by giving them actions to become a Well-being Advocate.  A Hospitalist Well-being Advocate is ANY hospitalist who is curious to understand the essence of building a pro-wellness organization, empathetic towards others, and courageous to take initiative and inspire change.

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Webinar: Practical Well-being Leadership For Hospitalists: The SHM Well-Being Toolkit

Recorded in November 2022, this webinar introduces the Toolkit and its expected benefits.

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Webinar: Practical Ways to Advocate for Well-being in Hospital Medicine

Recorded in February 2023, this webinar is an extended conversation about how to address structures, policies, processes, culture, and leadership practices that affect hospitalist well-being. Panelists discuss specific approaches to apply SHM's Well-being Toolkit and how to overcome barriers and impediments to addressing root causes of burnout in hospital medicine.

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7 Drivers of Burnout

SHM’s Practice Management Committee identified 7 drivers of burnout that are specific to hospital medicine. Use these drivers and discussion questions to evaluate your practice, initiate conversation within your group, and make progressive changes to address structural issues that lead to burnout.

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Burnout Intervention Tools

AMA STEPS Forward™

Developed by SHM in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA) and American College of Physicians (ACP), the STEPS Forward™ Initiative walks participants through a 5-step process that describes strategies to increase hospitalists’ sense of autonomy and well-being and identifies opportunities for them to develop mastery and a sense of purpose.

American Hospital Association (AHA) Well-Being Playbook

Revised in 2021, this playbook from the American Hospital Association (AHA) provides COVID-19-specific resources and a guide to develop well-being programs in your hospital.  

External Resources

Below is a listing of external resources that may be beneficial to you. These resources do not imply a relationship with or endorsement by SHM and will redirect you to the external page.


  • Physician Support Line 1-888-409-0141
    Psychiatrists helping US physician colleagues and medical students navigate the many intersections of personal and professional lives.  Free and confidential, no appointment necessary. 

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline  988
    24-7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Mental Health Apps