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Grand Rounds: Clinician Wellbeing in the Face of COVID-19


By Darrell G. Kirch, MD , President Emeritus, American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Describe the characteristics and prevalence of burnout as a workplace condition among clinicians, and the relationship of burnout to problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide. 2. List the various personal and organizational factors that are associated with burnout. 3. Describe the recommendations issued by the National Academy of Medicine in its 2019 report on actions to support clinician wellbeing.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses

Identified Gap:

Updated recommendations in dealing with the pandemic and the related stress will help those physicians and healthcare workers on the frontlines.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.


Dr. Kirch has indicated that he has no relevant financial interest in any pharmaceutical or medical device company and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 125 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Dyrbye LN, Shanafelt TD, Sinsky CA, Cipriano PF, Bhatt J, Ommaya A, West CP, Meyers D. Burnout among health care professionals: A call to explore and address this underrecognized threat to safe, high-quality care. NAM Perspectives. 2017. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC.
Authors: Christina Maslach, Susan E. Jackson, Michael P. Leiter, Wilmar B. Schaufeli, Richard L. Schwab

Shanafelt TD, Hasan O, Dyrbye LN, Sinsky C, Satele D, Sloan J, West CP. Changes in burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance in physicians and the general US working population between 2011 and 2014. Mayo Clin Proc. December 2015:90(12):1600-1613

Resources supporting Health and Wellbeing of Clinicians during COVID-19:

COVID-19 News and Resources from the National Academies: