AIRWAY goes virtual

Starting on Monday November 28th, AIRWAY will launch its new online story platform. The remarkable success of the live events has spurred the development of an online forum to reach a broader community of emergency physicians and providers across the country. We all have stories to tell. And perhaps even more importantly, we all have a need to listen. By sharing our stories through this virtual community we hope to continue the original mission of AIRWAY on a much bigger scale — that is, to connect emergency physicians and providers across the country in a way that suggests that none of are alone and that we are all here to fight the good fight together.

Rather than a traditional podcast, our virtual stage will feature uncurated single stories as told by the residents and physicians themselves. If you’d like to submit a story to our collection, please visit the STORIES page or click here for additional instructions. 

AIRWAY’s Arlene Chung named as the Chief Strategic Officer for the ALiEM Wellness Think Tank

In early October 2016, Academic Life in Emergency Medicine launched their latest initiative, the Wellness Think Tank. This group of Emergency Medicine residents from across multiple residency programs in both the United States and Canada will address the issues of burnout, wellness, and resilience in a grassroots effort in order to catalyze change from the ground up. The Think Tank leadership includes faculty from diverse programs, all passionate about wellness, including AIRWAY’s Arlene Chung.

For more information on the Wellness Think Tank, visit their website hosted on the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine blog.

AIRWAY’s Mert Erogul and Josh Schiller present at the 2016 International Conference on Physician Health

AIRWAY’s Mert Erogul and Josh Schiller traveled to Boston Massachusetts for the 2016 International Conference of Physician Health, an event co-sponsored by the American Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, and British Medical Association. They gave an oral abstract presentation entitled “Physician Storytelling Forum,” which described the development and initial implementation of AIRWAY in New York City.

An excerpt from the conclusions:

“The stories we tell about our work convey our attitudes and values from the common culture of our field. We tell stories to explain and understand what has happened to us, and in listening to stories, we absorb their assumptions and their inherent messages. Stories can reveal and perpetuate the attitudes of cynicism and self-preservation that constitute the hidden curriculum of medicine, or can be a vehicle for inspiration and professional self-renewal. Careful attention to the messages of stories is a valuable opportunity for self-reflection and moral growth. Telling and listening to stories about traumatic events can be potentially therapeutic. Hearing our common experiences reflected in other people’s stories eases the isolation of medical training and the imposter syndrome that is common among residents. All of these proposed benefits theoretically support wellness, increase resilience, and improve our ability to cope with the stresses of training and medical practice. Formalized storytelling is a unique opportunity to get practitioners together in a social setting in which they not only enjoy themselves, but engage in reflection and leave with a heightened experience of their practice.”

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