The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently published a collection of articles on the topic of stress and burnout of healthcare professionals called, “Physician Burnout: The Root of the Problem and the Path to Solutions.” I read this collection of essays and summarized my findings below.
With nearly a quarter of physicians in some specialties under age 39,1 millennials are beginning to make their mark on American medicine. Their age group has experienced criticism, in and out of medicine. The terms “entitled,” “lazy” and “self-absorbed” crop up regularly in journalistic assessments. And the impact of [...]
While much of the attention being paid to millennial-age physicians centers on the young physicians’ sometimes uneasy relationships with older medical colleagues, there’s another interesting relationship to consider: millennials caring for millennials.
There’s been a good deal of attention recently on the graying of the medical workforce, but at the other chronological end, millennials (by some influential definitions, adults born after 1982) are also having a major impact on medicine, constituting as they do, anything from a quarter to a half of physicians in certain [...]
More than 95% of healthcare executives claim to witness disruptive physician behavior on a daily basis1, resulting in increased turnover rates and lost productivity. Similarly, nurses called disruptive behavior the single most important contributing factor to lowered job satisfaction and morale and 31% said they knew at least [...]
Good medical and management skills are needed to align the needs and demands of both hospitals and physicians. Both hospitals and physicians possess effective skills and strengths. However, the potential conflict between the two can lead to dangerous polarization.
For healthcare organizations, delivering care is about more than having great physicians, providers and clinicians and enabling them to diagnose and treat the right conditions. It’s also about having every clinician aligned and contributing to a common, organizational vision and working together as a cohesive team to do the [...]
The word "resilience"—as a compliment or a directive—is not always well-received by physicians. For many, especially when it’s connected with resilience training, it implies:
Resiliency is typically a sought after attribute within the healthcare field. But when stripped down to the core, it's apparent physicians are growing increasingly frustrated with the phrasing behind the term.