Healthcare Professionals to Explore Improving Wellness for Clinicians and Clinical Students at AAPA 2022

Healthcare Professionals to Explore Improving Wellness for Clinicians and Clinical Students at AAPA 2022

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (May 10, 2022) — The American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) will bring together thought leaders from all health professions for a symposium explore best practices for improving the well-being of clinicians and clinical students at its 2022 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The symposium, taking place Monday, May 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, is part of AAPA’s commitment to mental health as a national health priority and its ongoing efforts to protect the mental health profession. ‘AM against burnout. In 2019, the House of Delegates and the AAPA Board of Directors established a PA Burnout Task Force to promote PA wellness through education, awareness, research, and more. .

According to the AAPA’s 2022 Digital Salaries Report, 46% of physician assistants reported experiencing symptoms of burnout.

Eric Tetzlaff, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, chair of the AAPA Task Force on AP Burnout, said burnout doesn’t just affect clinicians, but also impacts negatively on the health system and patient care.

“The goal of the symposium is to bring together multiple stakeholders to address provider burnout and wellness in hopes of addressing burnout for the entire team and not focusing on one only discipline,” Tetzlaff said. “However, more importantly, it will help focus strategies and interventions for the multidimensional factors that lead to burnout across health professions, specialties, settings, and career stages.”

Attendees will include leaders from various medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; employers such as Mount Sinai, Mayo Clinic, Northshore, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Nebraska Medicine; and researchers from Yale, Ohio State University and George Washington University.

The symposium will consist of morning sessions (7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT), which will include a moderated panel presentation and Q&A, and an afternoon session (1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT), which will take the form of small group discussions. The aim of the afternoon sessions is for participants to discover and capture information, pool skills and resources, and create deliverables to take back to their organizations.

The AAPA Symposium is supported, in part, by American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Pertexa Health Technologies. These partners are committed to the well-being of our clinical workforce, giving them the tools and training they need to improve workplace well-being.

All media are invited to attend; please see the media registration form.

AAPA 2022 is the only national AP conference with the participation of thousands of APs from across the country. The conference will take place May 21-25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information on AAPA 2022, visit


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AAPA is the national membership organization for all PAs (Physician Associates/Physical Assistants). Physician Assistants are licensed clinicians who practice medicine in all specialties and settings. Trusted, rigorously educated and trained healthcare professionals, Physician Assistants are dedicated to expanding access to care and transforming health and well-being through patient-centered, team-based medical practice. PA was named one of the best jobs overall and one of the best jobs in healthcare for the fifth consecutive year by US News and World Report. The PA profession ranked number three this year in the best STEM jobs. Learn more about the profession at and get involved through Facebook, LinkedIn, instagramand Twitter.

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