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2022 Speaker Profile

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Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH

Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University and completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine (IM) at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. In the role of chief wellness officer, Dr. Ripp oversees efforts to assess and provide direction for system- and individual-level interventions designed to improve well-being for all students, residents, fellows, and faculty in the Mount Sinai Health System. 

He is the former Associate Dean of GME for Trainee Well-Being within the ISMMS Office of Graduate Medical Education’s in which capacity he served to help spread well-being initiatives across the training programs of the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Ripp also co-founded and is the former Director of the ISMMS Department of Medicine’s Advancing Idealism in Medicine (AIM) Initiative. In the Department of Medicine, Dr. Ripp serves as core faculty for the IM Residency Training Program and faculty in the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors home-based primary care program. 

In addition, Dr. Ripp is the Co-founder and Co-Director of CHARM, the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine, an international group of medical educators, academic medical center leaders, experts in burnout research, and interventions, and learners all working to promote learner and trainee wellness. Recognized for his leadership in this area, Dr. Ripp has been invited to participate in the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Symposia on Physician Well-Being, join the American College of Physician's Promoting Physician Wellness Task Force and participate in the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience. 

Dr. Ripp’s primary research interest is in physician burnout and well-being, for which he has received grant support and has published and lectured widely. His multicenter studies have served to better elucidate the causes and consequences of physician burnout and have explored interventions designed to promote trainee well-being.

Tuesday | 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

Approaches to Building Individual and Organizational Resiliency in the Midst of Crisis

Moderator:  Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Medical Education and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Dean for Well-Being and Resilience and Chief Wellness Officer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Kerri Palamara, MD, Director, Center for Physician Well-being, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Jonathan DePierro, Ph.D., Clinical and Research Director, Center for Stress, Resilience and Personal Growth, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Lauren Peccoralo, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Well-being and Development, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

It has become clear that building and supporting well-being in health care settings requires a multipronged approach including both system-level and individual-level interventions. Early data highlighted the pronounced psychosocial impact on frontline health care workers in the first peak of the COVID pandemic in April to May 2020, with one large-scale survey finding that 39% had positive screens for depression, anxiety, and/or posttraumatic stress disorder and that employees and trainees were not feeling safe at work and were suffering from significant moral distress. Therefore, it was imperative that healthcare institution leadership act swiftly to meet the needs of its staff, faculty, and trainees. Sustaining and meaningfully integrating these data-driven efforts, to include system-level interventions that enhance workplace efficiency and promote supportive cultures, while complementing individual supports and resources, is mission-critical to ensuring the health and well-being of health care institutions during and beyond the pandemic. Ensuring these programs endure and adapt to systems and individual needs through the COVID-19 recovery phase will facilitate post-traumatic growth for organizations and their employees.

This panel will open with a brief discussion of the needs of faculty, staff, and trainees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, as exemplified by 2 academic hospital systems, panelists will discuss a rational framework for a supportive response, comprising: 1) task force formation and needs assessment, 2) program design, implementation, and evaluation, and 3) strategic communication. Panelists will then highlight examples of coordinated structural and psychosocial supports for faculty, staff, and trainees provided during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with deployed interventions such as highly utilized “recharge rooms,” basic needs provisions, leadership support, training and coaching programs, buddy programs, large-scale spiritual care support programs, listening sessions, and at one institution, the opening of a Center focused on supporting the resilience and mental health of their workforce. The latter 20 minutes will allow participants to ask panelists questions about challenges faced and strategies useful in their efforts to address needs during the COVID 19 pandemic.

  • Identify psychosocial needs and stressors of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic based on data from multiple cohort surveys

  • Describe the meaningful integration of system-, and individual-level interventions during the pandemic

  • Identify several efforts made by academic health care institutions to sustain innovations in workforce resilience during and beyond the pandemic

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