Faculty Health & Well-Being
The Faculty Health Program offers services that preserve, restore and enhance the health and well-being of our principle resource: our faculty. To fulfill our mission, endorsed by the institution’s senior leaders, the program encourages and enables clinicians and researchers to thrive in fast-paced and demanding careers.
Our faculty can access self-meditation, videos, articles and surveys on health and well-being on our Mind Fitness Portal available on our internal site.
Faculty Health in Academic Medicine: Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success draws from medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. In addition to surveys, meta-analyses, and interviews, chapter data also calls upon history, literature, religious studies and film to create a title that serves as a point of departure for understanding academic medicine and for designing new and innovative interventions to enhance faculty health. You may purchase online, or visit other online book sites.
“…Overarching [the] pulls and pushes for faculty member's attention is the overreaching need in every human being's life for meaning.
The problem is that meaning is measured not only by the individual, but also by many with whom the individual comes into contact. For academicians in the medical field, this includes (beyond family) department chairs and deans; peers and collaborators in the clinic and in science; editors of journals and planners of national meetings; trainees; and, of course, our patients. The tugs on our allegiances can become overwhelming challenges, and the tools which we use to cope with these challenges are not priority areas of research and intervention….
I am convinced that the interventions taken at MD Anderson Cancer Center, which are described in Chapters 1, 8, 13, 15, and 16 have had tremendous impact on the well-being of our faculty and, therefore,, on the effectiveness of our patient care and research….”
John Mendelsohn, M. D.
President, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Showcasing the photographic and various mediums of artistic expression, we partner with the Faculty Art project, created and developed by Medical Staff & Credentialing Services, to celebrate “Art as Medicine” and highlight the beautiful and diverse works of art our faculty create.