Advocacy and Physician Wellness

As physicians caring directly for patients, our mission must include advocacy and social justice.

The voices of physicians, individually and even more so collectively, have enormous power to affect change as we are trusted, informed, and dedicated to the needs and rights of others who are often lack that voice.

Advocacy also has the ability to directly positively impact your practice of medicine as ACPNJ supports issues with direct relevancy to patient care and physician careers.

Becoming an advocate for subjects about which you are passionate has the added benefit of shifting your locus of control from the passive recipient of change to an active driver of that change.

Such a perspective can minimize burnout and reinvigorate careers. ACP NJ has been effectively interacting with legislators to affect needed policy change and help our patients. We are passionately committed to advocacy and welcome you to join our efforts.

Click around this interactive guide to individual wellness.

Spiritual wellness is a process of understanding believes, values, and ethics that help guide your life.  Whatever your preferred approach, spending time asking and exploring your spiritual live can be an important part to your overall wellbeing.

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Maintaining a healthy emotional life is important to overall health.  Some ways to stay emotionally healthy are to manage your stress level, stay on top of school work, get eight hours of sleep, or set a therapist at the Counseling Center.

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Intellectual wellbeing means staying curious and engaged in learning new things.  Engage in creative activities.  Read for pleasure, be aware of social and political issues, or join a club that focuses on enhancing intellectual interests.

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Physical wellness involves moving your bodies (exercise), eating well-balanced meals (nutrition), sleeping, managing stress, receiving preventive medical and dental care, and getting sexual health screenings when you become sexually active.

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Social wellness involves having a strong social network that can give you support and guidance when you are stressed or need stress relief.  Additionally, these relationships can aid in the development of healthy relationships.  

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Environmental wellness means taking care of your global environment and your personal surroundings.  De-cluttering your room, recycling your trash or volunteering to clean up your environment can improve health for all.

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Financial wellness means taking steps to live within your financial means and living in, and planning for, future financial health.  You can do that by planning financially, creating a budget and learning to be a good consumer.

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