Physician Burnout's Highest and Best Use

From within the misery of physician burnout it is difficult to see, but there is a purpose to this suffering. Burnout actually has a highest and best use. When you do a good job of burning out, you will look back on this as an important turning point in your life. A turning point for the better.

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How Medical Schools Can Meet Mental Health Needs of Students

A new perspective paper published online September 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) says medical schools must step up to the plate to meet the mental healthcare needs of their students. In their article, the authors also describe the model that has been implemented at their institution, which attempts to circumvent some of the barriers that medical students face in accessing care.

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Failing Well

No one naturally seeks to become mediocre, the diminishment of excellence. Anyone who thinks that they seek mediocrity, i.e., the uninspired, indifferent, average, lackluster, or forgettable, is confused as to who they are and how they are made.

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Addressing physician burnout starts with a healthy team culture

Sometimes change sticks and sometimes it does not. This might have to do with a practice’s culture, which is the set of underlying rules and beliefs that determine how everyone interacts with each other and with patients.

Physicians and other health professionals can learn more about how addressing physician burnout begins with a healthy team through an AMA STEPS Forward™ module on creating a strong team culture.

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Physician Burnout Is A Public Health Crisis: A Message To Our Fellow Health Care CEOs

The Quadruple Aim recognizes that a healthy, energized, engaged, and resilient physician workforce is essential to achieving national health goals of higher quality, more affordable care and better health for the populations we serve. Yet in a recentstudy of U.S. physicians, more than half reported experiencing at least one symptom of burnout—a substantial increase over previous years—indicating that burnout among physicians is becoming a national health crisis. Leadership is needed to address the root causes of this problem and reposition the health care workforce for the future. The authors of this paper—the CEOs of our respective institutions—are committing to do just that.

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To Fight Burnout, Organize

In recent years, burnout has become a chief concern among physicians and other front-line care providers. But somewhere along the way, the concept was separated from its original free-clinic context. The link between marginalized patients and clinician burnout seems to have gotten lost.

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Quiz: Are You on the Path to Burnout?

The average American works 46.7 hours a week. Given how much time people spend on the job, it is little wonder that workplace stressors and dissatisfaction can drain well-being. Burnout is not the same as feeling down or having a bad day. It is a chronic state of being out of synch with your job. You may feel continually exhausted. Your passion for a project may fade. You may become cynical and lose confidence in your work.

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