School of Medicine

Wellness Committee

Mindfulness and Stress Resources


Mindfulness Training through the LSUHSC Wellness Center follows the model set forth by Dr. Harriet Myers, who offered mindfulness training workshops to LSUHSC in 2017. All are welcome to attend as we learn and practice mindfulness techniques for wellness and to help reduce stress, and to learn to think and act with more informed awareness during our daily lives. Click here for a complete class schedule.


Headspace:  The Headspace app is offering free access to Headspace Plus for all US healthcare professionals working in public health settings. This includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you're feeling. Helping those who care for us, care for themselves. If you are a healthcare worker you can receive free access to the app by visiting  
Ten Percent Happier: This app offers a free Coronavirus Sanity Guide, guided meditations for Coronavirus Responders, along with a podcast, talks and newsletter on how to handle coronavirus anxiety. If you are a healthcare worker and are not currently subscribed to Ten Percent Happier, you can receive free access to the app by emailing for instructions.



ACGME AWARE Resources for Well-Being

ACGME AWARE is a new suite of on-demand resources designed to promote well-being among residents, faculty members, and others in the GME community. The initial focus of AWARE is primarily on individual strategies for cognitive skill-building. Members of the GME community are encouraged to use these resources for personal use or integration into local curricula. To access ACGME AWARE click here.


Guided Mindfulness Exercises

Free mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own provided by UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.


Mindfulness Meditations Audio by Dr. Roberto P. Benzo, MD

Mindfulness Meditation Audio through the Mayo Clinic


National Academy of Medicine

Clinicians of all kinds, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, medical trainees, and others are experiencing alarming rates of burnout. This poses a significant threat to the sustainability of our health system and the safety of our patients. Solutions to systematically combat burnout are needed and they are needed now. To learn more about physician and other clinician burnout, visit the Clinician Well-being Knowledge Hub at the National Academy of Medicine's website.  



The AMA STEPS Forward™ practice improvement strategies empower teams like yours to identify and attain appropriate goals and tactics well matched to your practice's specific needs and environment.  As part of the AMA Ed Hub, the STEPS Forward™ transformation series offers a collection of engaging and interactive educational modules, developed by physicians to help address common practice challenges. Each module addresses a specific challenge by offering real-world solutions, practical steps to implementation, case studies, and downloadable tools and resources. Physicians and their practice staff can use these modules to help improve practice efficiency and ultimately enhance patient care, physician satisfaction and practice sustainability. Modules also offer CME credit, so physicians can earn while they learn.  AMA's Practice Improvement Strategies includes information on Professional well-being.  For additional information click here


Post Traumatic Stress Disorders Checklist

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorders Checklist (PCL) is particularly useful for self-assessment. The two-page PCL should take five minutes or less to complete. This test will not diagnose PTSD, it can help you determine the nature and extent of your symptoms and whether you should consider seeking advice from your doctor or a mental health care professional.  Click here to access the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist. 


Work/Life Balance

Achieving work/life balance means having equilibrium among all the priorities in your life - this state of balance is different for every person. But, as difficult as work/life balance is to define, most of us know when we're out of balance. To find out more about your own personal balance click here.

Mindfulness Quiz 

The practice of mindfulness has been linked to happiness, health, and psychological well-being, but many of us may not know exactly what it is.  Take this mindfulness quiz to learn more.


Helpful Links        

Stanford Medicine - WellMD

AMA - Steps Forward

Articles for efficacy of wellness initiatives

The Business Case for Investing in Physician Well-being

To address burnout's underlying causes, look to team-based care    

Special Report: Fighting a rise in suicide: Many professional fields see suicide rates above the national average


Eat Well, Be Well: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Life



Preventing Burnout: Lessons Learned from the Story of Noah's Ark

Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP



Healthy Sleep

Mohammad H. Cheema, MD, DAASM, FAAFP



Rx Mindfulness: Evidence and Myths