Physician Burnout

Discovery Resource # ST-28
Resource Topic: Physician Burnout
Planning Tools: Survival Tool
Career Phase: Discover
Description: Do the work you love without sacrificing yourself
Burnout is surprisingly prevalent among physicians in training, far exceeding the estimates of program directors. In a 2014 survey of 504 medical residents at University of North Carolina, 70% met criteria for burnout based on the Maslach Burnout Inventory, a common tool used to assess burnout.

Over half of all physicians suffer from burnout, which is characterized by depersonalization, loss of enthusiasm for the profession, and cynicism. This devastating emotional disease adversely impacts physicians’ personal and professional lives, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the patients in their care.

Fortunately, there is hope for breaking this cycle. Shawn Jones, MD, practicing physician and author of “Finding Heart in Art – A Surgeon’s Renaissance Approach to Healing Modern Medical Burnout” and Sharee Saleh, Director of Physician Recruitment at Tower Health have teamed up to teach you how to prevent burnout while bringing joy back to medicine.
  • Identify the symptoms of burnout, including its effects and complications during residency and beyond.
  • Identify proven burnout prevention techniques for residents at all levels.
  • Identify prospective employers who emphasize physician wellness and have established physician burnout prevention programs in place.
  • Determine whether you are currently experiencing physician burnout via an online assessment.
  • Create boundaries – saying no with grace and power.
  • Identify resource communities who support physician burnout.
Author: Shawn C. Jones, MD
Shawn C. Jones, MD
President, Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care, Past-President, Kentucky Medical Association (KMA). Dr. Jones serves on KMA’s AMA delegation. He is a passionate public health advocate. Dr. Jones shared his personal journey with burnout in his book, Finding Heart in Art: A Surgeon’s Renaissance Approach to Healing Modern Medical Burnout. He speaks on burnout to medical students, residents, physicians, hospital groups and systems. He has served on medical mission trips to Romania, Honduras and Kenya. Dr. Jones is an avid reader enjoying biographies, history, and books on spirituality. Website: TwittewnCJones_@ShaMD

Author: Sharee Selah, MBA
Sharee Selah, MBA
Director of Physician Recruitment at Tower Health Ms. Selah is Director of Physician Recruitment Services at Tower Health – a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people.

Ms. Selah served as co-chair of the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment (AAPPR) Chapter and Regional Relations Committee as well as president and ex-officio of MAPRA, the mid-Atlantic regional chapter of AAPPR.

Ms. Selah developed “Assessing Practice Opportunities in the Marketplace” for final year residents to develop the tools and skills required when initiating a successful practice opportunity search. Recognizing that medical training is rigorous and extensive, it often neglects to provide practical training for life after residency. Ms. Selah believes these skills just as important as medical training. Physicians who are well adjusted in their professional and personal lives are better equipped to provide the best patient care possible.