Discovery Resource # ST-28
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.