Self-Care and Storytelling for Radiologists: A Feasibility Study

Lily M. Belfi, Sheryl G. Jordan, Alison Chetlen, Lori A. Deitte, L. Alexandre Frigini, Sosamma T. Methratta, Jessica Robbins, Ryan Woods, Thad Benefield, Ann K. Jay

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Rationale and Objectives: Physician wellness and burnout mitigation strategies have become priority practices in recent years. Despite these efforts, however, physicians living with the psychological effects of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, political stressors, and social injustices, face ever increasing threats to their personal and professional well-being. This manuscript investigates the process of storytelling as a self-care practice for radiologists. Materials and Methods: The AUR Well Being Ad-Hoc Committee introduced and approved Storytelling Geek Week, a virtual workshop held by The Moth, a Peabody award-winning storytelling nonprofit group. Nineteen AUR members applied and were selected for participation in the workshop which occurred over 5 days in November 2020. Anonymous electronic surveys were sent to participants before and after the workshop to gather feedback on their experience. Results: Of the 19 AUR member participants, 12 (63%) completed the pre-workshop survey and 8 (42%) completed the post-workshop survey. Participant current state of well-being was found to be increased between the pre- and post-course surveys, with a statistically significant adjusted P-value of 0.017. All 8 post-workshop respondents reported that they would recommend the workshop to others. With regard to how participation in the workshop impacted their wellbeing, representative free text responses include, “helped with processing emotions,” and “felt more connected to strangers.” Regarding shifts in perspective as a result of workshop participation, representative free text responses include, “more empathetic” and “started focusing on hope and gratitude rather than sadness and anxiety.” Conclusion: Participants in a storytelling workshop reported a positive impact on their perceived sense of well-being. Respondents also reports shifts in their sense of empathy and connectedness to others. This type of intervention may help to mitigate burnout and build community during challenging times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-449
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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