The ACG Professionalism and Wellness Initiative


Professionalism & Wellness
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The American College of Gastroenterology’s Professionalism and Wellness Initiative is a multi-faceted initiative focused on ACG members. The aim is to provide information, tools, resources and an online community of support via the GI Circle on an array of topics and issues related to the GI profession and the overall health and well-being of gastroenterologists at various career levels and personal life stages.

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To promote the understanding of the importance of physician well-being and professionalism to enhance the practice of gastroenterology for members of the American College of Gastroenterology.


The Professionalism and Wellness Task Force, co-chaired by Carol Burke, MD, FACG and Kenneth DeVault, MD, FACG, is a working group of the College appointed in 2013 by the President of the American College of Gastroenterology.


  1. To promote a comprehensive understanding of the importance of physician health and wellness
    as it applies to the provision of clinical excellence and professionalism in the care of patients with digestive diseases.
  2. To devise educational opportunities and provide resources to acquire the skills to attain the highest level of professionalism and provider well-being.

New Professionalism & Wellness Online Community

As part of the Professionalism and Welllness Inititiave, a new online community specifically dedicated to professionalism and wellness is now live on the GI Circle. You can access the resources related to professionalism, health and wellness, work-life balance and volunteerism here. (We will be adding new content as we further develop this area so be sure to check back often.)

To start or join a discussion related to professionalism, health and wellness, work-life balance and volunteerism, visit the designated Professionalism and Wellness discussion area.

Community Highlights

Avoiding Burnout: Finding Balance Between Work and Everything Else
J. Edward Berk Distinguished Lecture by Christina M. Surawicz, MD, MACG

Watch recorded lecture from ACG 2013
Read full Red Journal article
Click here to listen to the AJG Author podcast or download from iTunes

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Task Force Members and Community Leaders

Co-Chairs: Carol Burke A. Burke, MD, FACG and Kenneth R. DeVault, MD, FACG
Board of Governors: Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG
Women in Gastroenterology: Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
Practice Management: Lawrence B. Cohen, MD, FACG
Professional Issues: Suriya V. Sastri, MD, FACG 

College Leaders and Board Members:
Ronald J. Vender, MD, FACG
Christina M. Surawicz, MD, MACG
Harry E. Sarles, Jr., MD, FACG
Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG
Francis A. Farraye, MD, FACG

Survey: What’s Your Experience of GI Workload and
Career Satisfaction?

The American College of Gastroenterology is sponsoring a survey of its members designed to evaluate the workload in the practice of gastroenterology and/or hepatology and its impact on professional and personal satisfaction. Time to complete the entire survey is expected to take about 18 minutes. Information from the survey will help guide the College in developing resources for its members and is part of the Professionalism and Wellness Initiative co-chaired by Dr. Carol A. Burke and Dr. Kenneth R. DeVault. For a link to the survey instrument, please email

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