The New York American College of Emergency Physicians exists to support quality emergency medical care and to promote the interest of emergency physicians.

Send Request

“Physician, Heal Thyself”: The Importance of Creating Resiliency

Emergency medicine can be highly rewarding, but it can also be extremely draining. Longevity in the specialty is tied to your ability to be both emotionally and physically resilient. These traits are partially inborn but can be learned and developed.

"Physician Heal Thyself: The Importance of Creating Resilience" presented during ACEP14 by ACEP's President-Elect, Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP, defines "resiliency" with respect to emergency medicine, reviews the research behind the benefits of developing resiliency, and provides ways to foster and maintain a resilient mindset that can improve your life and the care you give to your patients. This lecture is free for ACEP members.

Earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

After completing this activity, you should be able to:
  • Discuss the literature on the benefits of developing resiliency in professional and personal spheres.
  • Identify key characteristics of a resilient emergency physician.
  • Discuss concepts of self-nurturing, locus of internal control, mindfulness, optimism, and social connection.
  • Recall five techniques or habits you can practice to improve your own resiliency.
To watch the course:
  • Go to www.acep.org/acepecme
  • Log in with your ACEP username and password
  • Click the “Catalog of Courses” tab on the left and search for "Physician Heal Thyself: The Importance of Creating Resilience"