Keep up to date with the latest news and research on burnout and well-being in healthcare professions. Read what PAs and other organizations are doing to ensure clinician well-being. Learn about risk factors that clinicians may face.
Education & Career Articles
- Feeling Unfulfilled? You Might Need a New Job
- Locum Tenens Offers Work/Life Balance and a Fresh Start
- Getting Ahead of Burnout: Experts Share Tips for Provider Well-being
- How PAs Can Take on More Responsibility Without Burning Out
- Why I Changed Specialties as a PA
- Avoiding Conflict? Tips on Managing Uncomfortable Conversations
- The Balancing Act
- 4 Practice Environment Factors to Consider: Where Will You Thrive?
- The Importance of Communication in Your PA Career
- Provider Burnout and the Risk of Malpractice
- Burnout Can Occur Early Among PAs and PA Students
- PA School Success: Embrace Opportunities and Challenges, Relieve Stress
- Resources for a Rewarding PA Career
- Strategies for PAs to Prevent Burnout
- Boundaries and Professional Wellbeing
- How Mindfulness Can Prevent Burnout
- Study Examines Impact of Depression on PA Professional Fulfillment
- Survey Uncovers Ways Employers Can Enhance the PA Workplace
- Are PAs Burned Out?
Interested in learning more about burnout and well-being? Here is all the related CME AAPA has to offer in Learning Central. In addition, the AAPA Joint Task Force on Burnout has provided new information and materials, including factsheets and the Burnout Webinar Series. Finally, read a curated collection on burnout and well-being in clinicians.
- How to Prevent Burnout: Viewpoints of a Psychiatric PA
- Research in Action 2023 Sessions
- How Workplace Appreciation and Opportunities for Physician Associates Impact Employer Satisfaction
- PA Access to Provider Health Programs
- Policy Effect on Physician Assistant Student Mistreatment Reporting
- Clinician Well-Being Series
- Joint Task Force on Burnout: Well-Being Fact Sheet
- Joint Task Force on Burnout: Moral Distress Fact Sheet
- Joint Task Force on Burnout: Burnout Fact Sheet
- Acknowledging the risk of suicidal ideation, depression, and anxiety in PAs
- Depression, Burnout, and Professional Outcomes among Physician Assistants
- Burnout and Job Satisfaction in the Physician Assistant Profession: A Review of the Literature
- Reasons Physician Assistants Leave Their Jobs
- Burnout, Job Satisfaction, and Stress Levels of PAs
- Read about research published by others outside of AAPA staff here
Webinars & Podcasts
- Conquering Imposter Phenomenon
- Putting on Your Oxygen Mask: The Importance of Taking Care of Your Mental Health to Succeed in PA School
- Beating Burnout and the Viability of Locum Tenens as a Solution
- PA foundation Podcast – Episode 11 Healthcare Provider Burnout
- PA Foundation Podcast – Episode 17 Covid-19 Emotional Toll on Healthcare Providers
AAPA supports the awareness and recognition of burnout in all clinicians. In 2018, AAPA adopted an official policy on burnout that states this and also encourages providers to actively engage in strategies to avoid professional burnout (HP-3900.14).
Letter of commitment to NAM
Task Force Charges
In 2019, the House of Delegates and the AAPA Board of directors formed a joint work group between the House and Board. The charges are located here.
This curated list of external resources include resource collections available on other websites, tools to help PAs and PA students address burnout, and discussions that may be of interest or help. In addition, the self-assessment tools can help you find your personal strengths and weaknesses in combating burnout. can help you find your personal strengths and weaknesses in combating burnout. If you find that you are at risk, or experience discomfort when taking these assessments, please seek professional help or reach out to the national crisis hotline.
AAPA is not responsible for the content on these websites.
Crisis Hotlines & Support
Well-Being and Burnout Resources
- NEW National Academy of Medicine National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being
- National Academy of Medicine Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being
- National Alliance on Mental Illness Frontline Wellness
- National Academy of Medicine Action Collaboration on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
- American Medical Association STEPS Forward™: Toolkit for Burnout and Well-Being
- National Institutes of Health Social Wellness Toolkit
- American Psychiatric Association Well-Being Resources
- Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination Advancing Adult Compassion Resiliance Toolkit
- TED Talks for when you feel totally burned out
- Harvard University David S. Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion & Meditation
- Mini Z Burnout Survey (American Medical Association)
- Healthcare Provider Burnout (UNC Services Library)
- Anxiety Screen (Mental Health America)
- Depression Screen (Mental Health America)
- PTSD Screen (Mental Health America)
- Stress Screen (Mental Health America)
- Addiction Screen (Mental Health America)
- Alcohol Use Screen (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
- Well-Being Index (MedEd Web Solution/Mayo Clinic)
- Happiness (University of Pennsylvania: Authentic Happiness)
- Mindfulness (UC Berkley Greater Good Science Center)
- Epworth Sleepiness Scale (Harvard University, Department of Sleep Medicines)
Magellan Health’s Helpline for Healthcare Workers | 1-800-327-7451
Staffed by certified licensed mental health clinicians, this 24-hour crisis line is for first responders and healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline | 988
Provides free and confidential support for people in distress as well as best practices for professionals.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline | 1-800-985-5990
Provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.