Billings, MT—The Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency has been selected to participate in “National Initiative VI”: 
Stimulating a Culture of Well-Being in the Clinical Learning Environment. 
(Photo: Billings Clinic)

The Initiative is sponsored by the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), a national membership organization of independent teaching hospitals based in Chicago, Illinois.The AIAMC National Initiative (NI) is the only national and multi-institutional collaborative of its kind in which residents lead multidisciplinary teams in quality improvement projects aligned to their institution’s strategic goals.  Fifty-eight hospitals and health systems and nearly 700 individuals have participated in the AIAMC National Initiatives since 2007, driving change that has resulted in meaningful and sustainable outcomes improving the quality and safety of patient care.  Thirty-four AIAMC-member hospitals and health systems were selected to participate in National Initiative VI.

Billings Clinic was selected based upon their demonstrated commitment to better understanding and improving well-being in their clinical learning environments.  A leadership team from the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency will collaborate with select hospitals from across the United States in developing and implementing a well-being plan that will positively impact both individual health and institutional culture.  Participants from Billings Clinic will attend four on-site learning sessions as well as monthly networking teleconferences and educational webinars during the 18-month period of the National Initiative.

Dr. Virginia Mohl (Photo: Billings Clinic)

“It is an honor for our young Residency to be chosen to participate in this initiative which will allow us to work with other Residencies around the country on the issue of physician wellness and the prevention of burnout,” said Dr. Virginia Mohl, Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Designated Institutional Official. “In our rural state, retention of physicians is critical for our communities, and wellbeing is associated with better care for patients and longevity of physicians in their practice.”

“Studies clearly demonstrate that the net impact of mounting pressures of clinical care is escalating physician burnout and depression. Layered on these challenges is the stigma many physicians in training and practice encounter related to acknowledging that they need help, and feeling supported and safe in asking for help,” states Kimberly Pierce-Boggs, AIAMC Executive Director.  “The time is right for forward-thinking academic medical centers to proactively address provider and institutional well-being while engaging trainees directly in those well-being initiatives. “