Ascension Medical Group recently was recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) for its efforts to improve physician satisfaction and reduce burnout. Ascension Medical Group is one of 22 healthcare organizations that are the first recipients of the Joy in Medicine™ Recognition Program.

According to a Medscape survey, more than two in five doctors (44 percent) in the United States report feeling burned out. The new Joy in Medicine Recognition distinction was designed by the AMA to recognize healthcare organizations that are leading efforts to further physician well-being and address the systemic causes of physician burnout.

The program recognizes three levels of organizational achievement (bronze, silver and gold). Candidates were evaluated against demonstrated competencies in commitment, assessment, leadership, efficiency of practice environment, teamwork and support.

“Ascension Medical Group is committed to creating an environment that restores the joy of practice and supports our physicians and associates in finding deeper meaning in their work,” said Thomas Graf, MD, FAAFP, Senior Vice President, Ascension, and President, Ascension Medical Group. “We are delighted to be recognized for our efforts on following our calling to care for our colleagues just as holistically as the individuals we serve – in body, mind and spirit.”

“It is a great honor to recognize the outstanding achievements of the organizations selected for the Joy in Medicine Recognition,” said AMA Board Chair Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH. “These organizations are true leaders in promoting physician well-being and continue to make a difference in the lives of our nation’s healthcare workforce.”

Ascension established a Clinician Engagement and Well-Being Council and developed a Clinician Well-Being and Engagement playbook, a guide for clinical leaders that includes best practices intended to support personal resilience and well-being among practicing physicians. Additionally, AMG’s Well-Being Index, a short, anonymous assessment, integrates organizational and external resources for clinicians who are exhibiting signs of distress.