In This Month's Issue

Overall mental health and well-being during the still ongoing pandemic have been seriously and negatively impacted. Yet, the tremendous opportunities for surfacing the very best in people as they cope with and respond to the breadth of challenges presented are often inspirational, offering lessons behind every story to learn about the optimism, resilience, and connectedness of human nature. The SGIM Forum September 2021 theme issue on “Physician and Patient Well-being and Mental Health” offers a variety of readings on this essential topic.


Lypson, SGIM President, reminds us of the importance of “putting on your oxygen mask first before helping others,” while Bass, SGIM CEO, and Smith, ACP Vice President for Clinical Education, offer resources and tools from both societies to promote well-being and professional satisfaction. The article of the month, by Gier, et al., translates principles of dialectical behavioral therapy into a program that supports collaborative team care that also promotes team and individual clinician and staff well-being. Caputo-Seidler shares the healing power of storytelling and writing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leung, SGIM Forum Editor, reflects on the necessity of being able “to do nothing” to make mental space and renew energy and permit creativity and innovation to flourish.

Wong, et al., remind us that structural and system interventions are the only sustainable pathway towards addressing healthcare provider burnout. On the note of structural change, Sgro reflects on the “deprivations of residency,” particularly sleep deprivation and duty hour regulations, that still yearn to be fully addressed to improve resident physician well-being. Walsh, et al., also inform us of the vital importance of financial well-being as a component of overall physician well-being. Finally, check out original artwork in this issue by Daryl Wofford, with input from his brother and SGIM member, Mark Linzer, MD (see page 15 of full issue).

May your reading of this theme issue’s featured articles help you to be well, stay healthy, and be inspired to occasionally unburden mind and heart for our shared present and future.

From the Editor

Featured Column

Cultivating Well-being within Healthcare Teams: Lessons from Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Nicole Gier, LCSW; Rachel Maurer, BA; Joyce W. Tang, MD, MPH
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Other Articles

Unburdening the Things They Carry

Jennifer Caputo-Seidler, MD
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Q & A with SGIM’s CEO and the ACP’s Vice President for Clinical Education about Improving Physician Well-being

Eric B. Bass, MD, MPH, FACP; Cynthia (Daisy) Smith, MD, FACP
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Put On Your Oxygen Mask First Before Helping Others

Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE, FACP, President, SGIM
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The Sleepwalkers: Another Wake-up Call for Medical Residency

Gaetan Sgro, MD
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Ice Cream and Yoga Won’t Do—We Need Structural Change to Address Healthcare Provider Burnout

Christopher J. Wong, MD; Heidi Powell, MD; Adelaide H. McClintock, MD
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