AVMA joins National Academy of Medicine in committing to clinician wellbeing

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(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) May 11, 2020—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has become the first veterinary organization in the nation to join the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in declaring their commitment to reducing burnout and promoting wellbeing among clinicians.

To provide an opportunity for organizations around the country to discuss and share plans of action, the NAM has called for statements from potential network organizations, to describe their current work and future goals to reverse clinician burnout. The AVMA Commitment Statement is available at https://nam.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/American-Veterinary-Medical-Association_Committment-Statement.pdf.

“Close collaboration and coordination between different healthcare professions, aligned through a common vision, increases our capacity to positively impact healthcare education, healthcare systems, and the wellbeing of healthcare professionals overall, said Dr. Jen Brandt, AVMA’s Director of Wellbeing, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives. “The veterinary profession has a tremendous wealth of knowledge to offer the other healthcare professions—and we also have much we can learn from the other professions as we collectively strive to promote and preserve health and wellbeing for ourselves and the communities we serve.

“Rather than recreating the wheel for each individual practice, hospital, or specialty, the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative affords us an opportunity to recognize our commonalities and determine what types of interventions and system changes are the most effective for promoting thriving professionals.”

The wellbeing of veterinary professionals is one of the most important issues facing the profession, and a critical focus of the AVMA. In recent years the AVMA has developed several free tools and resources that empower veterinarians and their teams, and the systems in which they work, to prioritize self-care and make the short- and long-term investments needed for individual, team, and organizational wellbeing.

Launched in 2017, the NAM Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience is a network of organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout, with the goals of raising the visibility of clinician burnout, improving understanding of challenges to clinician well-being and elevating evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions that will improve patient care by caring for the caregiver.

The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

For more information, contact Michael San Filippo, media relations manager, at 847-732-6194 (cell) or msanfilippoatavma [dot] org (msanfilippo[at]avma[dot]org).

About the AVMA

Serving more than 105,000 member veterinarians, the AVMA is the nation's leading representative of the veterinary profession, dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of animals, humans and the environment. Founded in 1863 and with members in every U.S. state and territory and more than 60 countries, the AVMA is one of the largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. Informed by our members' unique scientific training and clinical knowledge, the AVMA supports the crucial work of veterinarians and advocates for policies that advance the practice of veterinary medicine and improve animal and human health.