If constant stress has you feeling exhausted, cynical or detached from patients, take notice. You may be in danger of physician burnout, which is more prevalent among doctors than other professionals. But how can you avoid it? Learn the signs and symptoms of physician burnout and what you can do to stay motivated on the job.Read More
The American Academy of Neurology says nearly 60% of neurologists face burnout. To combat the high level of burnout, the AAN began mitigation attempts at the individual, organizational and national levels at the same time as they measured burnout.Read More
EMRs connect physicians to a plethora of information about their patients but using an EMR can take valuable time away from face-to-face interaction with patients, increase workload and lead to physician burnout. What is the solution?Read More
“It is OK that you are feeling burned out. Chances are, most of your colleagues are too,” Dr. Shah said. “The first step is to acknowledge it. … Seek community and support because it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.”Read More
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.Read More
Physician burnout has direct and indirect costs. Find out how to calculate the financial toll of burnout at your clinic, hospital or health system.Read More
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.Read More
The Business Case for Investing in Physician Wellbeing - a Dual Competitive Advantage for Early Adopters.Read More
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.Read More
It seems paradoxical, but admission of powerlessness can access great gifts.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The UT College of Medicine provides great resources for residents and physicians on its website including a list of books and articles related to well-being.Read More
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.Read More
Doctors diagnose an alcohol use disorder when a patient's drinking causes distress or harm. See if you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself. And don't worry — even if you have symptoms, you can take steps to reduce your risks.Read More
It's a fact universally acknowledged that most people want to be happy.
The ideal approach, however, is far more of a mystery.Read More
Wrath, fury, rage — whatever you call it, anger is a powerful emotion. Unfortunately, it’s often an unhelpful one.
Fortunately, there are tools you can learn to help you keep your anger in check.Read More
Tips for increasing focus and awareness and decreasing stress at work.Read More
Why does having a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment as a modern doctor seem like such a struggle at times? There is an invisible battle going on, day-by-day between our search for a Fulfilling Career in Medicine and the hidden forces of Professional Burnout.Read More