Resources for the Workforce

This resource database consists of quality-curated content spanning various topics relevant to the healthcare workforce. This database is designed to provide the health workforce with quick and easy access to information, resources, and tools that address a number of workforce challenges.

The Daily Brief

Survey Shows COVID-19 is Taking a Toll on Med Students

According to the Medscape Medical Student & Life Education Report 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered medical students’ experience in 2020, and many believe it will affect how they practice medicine long after the pandemic subsides. COVID-19 has weighed heavily on many students, with 1 in 10 reporting they have personally known a resident, faculty member, or medical professional who died from the illness.

Only roughly half of students (45%) reported they are satisfied with how their institution is handling the pandemic. Sadly, burnout among physicians is nothing new and medical students are not immune to it. About three quarters of survey respondents said they have felt burned out at least sometimes. These feelings were more common in women than men (81% vs 68%) and among third- and fourth-year students (80% vs 77%, respectively) compared with first-year students (68%).

Nearly half of students (46%) said they considered leaving medical school at some point, including 49% of women and 41% of men. More than half (60%) said they have at least doubted their ability to be a competent practicing physician, women more so than men (64% vs 55%).

Coronavirus: Embrace Post-traumatic Growth as Response to Pandemic

A recent journal article from JAMA Network states post-traumatic growth can be a positive response to the pandemic within healthcare organizations, both at the individual and organizational levels. It is without question that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the healthcare sector. At the individual level, healthcare workers have faced a range of adversity from shortages of PPE, to the strain of long work days and losing patient lives to the virus. At the organizational level, health systems, hospitals, and physician practices have endured turmoil, including the suspension of elective surgeries and financial distress.

Post-traumatic growth features positive psychological change achieved after severe adversity and the establishment of a “new normal.” According to the article, post-traumatic growth has five spheres:

  1. Development of stronger relationships
  2. Willingness to embrace new possibilities
  3. Improved perception of personal strength
  4. Heightened sense of spirituality
  5. Increased appreciation of life

Healthcare workers and organizations can take five steps to promote post-traumatic growth as a response to the coronavirus pandemic:

  1. Assessment and learning
  2. Role models
  3. Creativity
  4. Altruism
  5. Loss and grief

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  • COVID-19 for the Workforce

    The coronavirus pandemic has impacted healthcare workers all over the world. Use these resources, tools, and trainings to navigate the unique needs and challenges of COVID-19. This includes personal safety, mental health, childcare, infection control, and using PPEs.

  • Health and Wellness

    This category provides resources to help the workforce stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Resources include tools for coping with trauma, online therapy options, screening, childcare, substance abuse, healthy eating, and stress management, among other topics.

  • Return to the Workforce

    For healthcare professionals returning to the workforce, either after sick leave, retirement, or a break, resources found here will help make the transition smoother, particularly for those rejoining due to the workforce shortage during COVID-19.

  • Trainings for the Workforce

    Access trainings and guides on various healthcare requirements, such as COVID-19 preparedness, using PPEs, mental health, infection control, and communications.

  • Volunteer

    Use these resources to navigate volunteer requirements and registration.

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