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Nonreassuring Status: Improving Obstetrician–Gynecologist Wellness

Winkel, Abigail Ford MD, MHPE; Hughes, Francine MD; Blank, Stephanie V. MD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002328
Contents: Current Commentary

Physician wellness directly affects patient and physician health and has broader implications for our health systems. A summary of what is known about physician wellness in medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology in particular, identifies several areas for future focus. To change our culture and the structure of our academic health centers in a way that promotes resilience, we suggest greater attention to preparedness for practice and attention to work–life integration as well as mentoring and professional development.

A summary of current knowledge on physician burnout relevant to obstetrics and gynecology suggests next steps for institutional and individual action.

New York University Langone Medical Center, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York.

Corresponding author: Abigail Ford Winkel, MD, MHPE, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, NYU, 550 First Avenue, NBV 9E2, New York, NY 10016; email:

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

Each author has indicated that she has met the journal's requirements for authorship.

© 2017 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.