Live Well, Lead Well
Physician burnout is a serious problem, affecting at least fifty percent of US practitioners. Neurology is the only medical specialty that has both one of the highest rates of burnout and the lowest rates of work-life balance.
In an effort to help reduce and prevent burnout and improve well-being, the AAN is offering a new leadership program designed specifically to empower neurologists to cultivate well-being and resilience in their lives, increase engagement at work, and develop strong, lasting leadership skills. Attendees will share the skills and strategies that they learn over the course of the program with their colleagues, creating an ongoing positive effect in their practice communities.
The application period is currently closed.
This program is right for you if:
- You are a highly motivated US AAN member neurologist (resident through late career) who is committed to the profession of neurology and to providing high-quality patient-centered care.
- You are committed to combating burnout at the individual and work-unit levels through exemplary leadership and are interested in future roles of responsibility within the AAN and the field of neurology.
Through the program you will:
- Understand burnout in neurology at the individual, work-unit, and national levels
- Identify and implement strategies to promote personal well-being and resiliency
- Identify and implement strategies to improve well-being and resiliency in the culture of your local organization, clinic, or institution
- Create a network of support to share ideas about promoting engagement in neurology
The program includes an immersion weekend, half-day course, and periodic teleconferences.
Mandatory Leadership Retreats
- September 8-10, 2017, Minneapolis, MN
- April 2018, during the AAN Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (exact date TBD)
An expectation of this program is for participants to develop and, by the end of the program, implement a project that will increase well-being and resilience in their respective workplaces. Please see the Proposed Leadership Project description under the Application Requirements tab for further details.
Each selected participant will be teamed up with two other participants and a neurologist coach during the weekend immersion. The coaches will provide project-related guidance to the participants and hold the participants accountable for completing their projects.
Participants must attend the leadership retreats and coaching calls. The AAN covers all program-related expenses for the selected participants.
- Application Requirements
It is the responsibility of the applicant to upload all of the required documents in PDF format (unless otherwise noted) using the application site by June 5, 2017.
Please upload the following items in PDF format with your application:
- Letter of Recommendation
- Applicants must submit a letter from a colleague explaining why the applicant would be a good fit for this leadership program
- Curriculum Vitae
- Proposed Leadership Project
- Project description should include how the applicant would implement and measure the success of the project
The overarching goal of this program is to have as broad a reach as possible: The Academy is aiming to improve the well-being and resilience not only of the 18 program participants, but of the participants' colleagues as well.
Accordingly, an expectation of this program is for participants to develop and, by the end of the program, implement a project that will increase engagement, and thereby well-being and resilience, in their respective workplaces. Each participant will be teamed up with two other participants and a neurologist coach during the weekend immersion. The coaches will provide project-related guidance to the participants and hold the participants accountable for completing their projects. The teams and their coaches will have opportunities throughout the weekend immersion to discuss and refine their projects during break-out sessions, and they will have additional opportunities to do so during the in-person half-day Annual Meeting session and by teleconference over the course of the nine-month program. The entire group will also periodically meet via teleconference throughout the program to share project updates and feedback. These numerous focused discussions will help participants improve the quality and maximize the success of their projects.
For additional information, please contact Sarah Bird Nelson, Associate Counsel, at (612) 928-6047.
- Letter of Recommendation