Clinician Wellness

Supporting the well-being of North Carolina’s Medical Community

Stress and burnout have been a burning issue in healthcare since before the pandemic, but the past few years made it especially tough for clinicians. Physician burnout has increased to 47% in 2022 and according to the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the average burnout rate for physician assistants in the United States in 2021 was 32.6%. The consequences of stress and burnout on the individual can be loss of job satisfaction, moral injury, clinical depression, and suicidal ideation. For the patient, stress and burnout can impact quality of care. Quite simply, clinician stress and burnout represent a public health crisis with negative impacts on individual physicians, patients and healthcare organizations and systems.

Since 2018, the NCMS has dedicated efforts and funding to actively address clinician stress and burnout in partnership with key stakeholders to actively build a healthy state where clinicians can practice medicine and experience joy and fulfillment together with a healthy work balance.

For more information regarding the NCMS’s wellness initiatives or how to become involved, please contact Melissa Kenny.

Immediate help and support:

Please note that the former number to the suicide prevention hotline is now 988.


Resources for You

Physician Support Line

Physician Support Line is a national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues and American medical students as we all navigate the COVID-19 epidemic.

No appointment necessary. Call the national support line at 1-888-409-0141. Learn more