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Published on August 04, 2017

Billings Clinic Selected to Participate in National Well-Being Initiative

Billings, MT—The Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency has been selected to participate in “National Initiative VI”: Stimulating a Culture of Well-Being in the Clinical Learning Environment. The Initiative is sponsored by the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), a national membership organization of independent teaching hospitals based in Chicago, Illinois.
The AIAMC National Initiative (NI) is the only national and multi-institutional collaborative of its kind in which residents lead multidisciplinary teams in quality improvement projects aligned to their institution’s strategic goals. Fifty-eight hospitals and health systems and nearly 700 individuals have participated in the AIAMC National Initiatives since 2007, driving change that has resulted in meaningful and sustainable outcomes improving the quality and safety of patient care. Thirty-four AIAMC-member hospitals and health systems were selected to participate in National Initiative VI.

Billings Clinic was selected based upon their demonstrated commitment to better understanding and improving well-being in their clinical learning environments. A leadership team from the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency will collaborate with select hospitals from across the United States in developing and implementing a well-being plan that will positively impact both individual health and institutional culture. Participants from Billings Clinic will attend four on-site learning sessions as well as monthly networking teleconferences and educational webinars during the 18-month period of the National Initiative.

“It is an honor for our young Residency to be chosen to participate in this initiative which will allow us to work with other Residencies around the country on the issue of physician wellness and the prevention of burnout,” said Dr. Virginia Mohl, Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Designated Institutional Official. “In our rural state, retention of physicians is critical for our communities, and wellbeing is associated with better care for patients and longevity of physicians in their practice.”

“Studies clearly demonstrate that the net impact of mounting pressures of clinical care is escalating physician burnout and depression. Layered on these challenges is the stigma many physicians in training and practice encounter related to acknowledging that they need help, and feeling supported and safe in asking for help,” states Kimberly Pierce-Boggs, AIAMC Executive Director. “The time is right for forward-thinking academic medical centers to proactively address provider and institutional well-being while engaging trainees directly in those well-being initiatives. “


The AIAMC was founded in 1989 and its membership includes 82 academic hospitals and health systems representing more than 750 senior medical academic leaders. Membership in the association is unique in that AIAMC members are affiliated with medical schools but are independent of medical school ownership or governance. AIAMC members regard medical education and research as strategic assets in providing patient-centered care. As the only national organization focused on the needs of independent academic medical centers, the AIAMC is uniquely sized and poised to provide its members with the core, foundational value of networking. Networking in the AIAMC takes on many forms through its key values of creating and sharing best practices, delivering relevant and targeted services and providing strong and respected representation. For more information on the AIAMC and its National Initiatives, visit

About Billings Clinic

Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system, serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,200 employees, including 450 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. Billings Clinic is the first Magnet-designated health care organization in Montana and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. More information can be found at

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