Lilah Morris-Wiseman, MD
Marion Henry, MD
Adverse events are common in medical care. Particularly relevant contemporarily, despite provision of excellent care, many patients with COVID-19 have poor outcomes. Health care workers are facing consequences of "moral distress" -- defined as a conflict between your own ethics and what action you are able to take. Few systems exist to inquire how physicians feel after an adverse event or poor outcome or to provide emotional support. Peer support training in the Department of Surgery focused on training peers to listen to expressions of feelings about an adverse event or poor outcome, rather than trying to blame, shame, or fix the event. Recognizing the occurrence of moral distress within the COVID-19 pandemic can also help physicians mitigate the impact of their experiences. We will train participants to 1) Recognize circumstances in which they may have faced moral distress and 2) Engage peers who have been "second victims" in experiencing an adverse event or poor outcome and help each other to create a culture of support.
Sponsored by the Dean’s Council on Faculty Affairs
Allie Min, MD
Assistant Dean, Career Development
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson