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.
Have you experienced any of these scenarios? Your spouse’s birthday is in three days and you’ve been too busy to buy a gift. You have always wanted to take tennis lessons but have never followed through on signing up. You have a gala tomorrow night and your suit hasn’t been pressed. You dread shoveling the driveway when it [...]
There’s nothing wrong with one or two drinks after work. Or is there? As I write about substance abuse concerns for us physicians, I could have easily started with worst-case scenarios, or cautionary tales. Some of the risks of alcohol use have been known for decades, if not centuries. But what about moderate use? When does [...]
The International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH) was held in Toronto from Oct 10-13 and addressed many issues leading to stress and burnout. There were over 500 registered attendees from 16 counties and every panel, workshop and presentation was standing room only! This level of interest, energy and participation was a [...]
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 American medical profession is aging. One in four US physicians is over 65 years of age and those between 65 and 75 constitute about 11 percent of the active medical labor force. In addition, writes Amy McCullough on the Society for Vascular Surgery website, “many physicians over the age of 56 indicate plans to retire in [...]
There have been expressions of concern in many medical quarters over how best to handle physician aging. As practitioners grow older they may experience reduced cognitive and physical capacity. With patient safety rightly paramount for all concerned with healthcare—and given some, admittedly inconclusive, evidence indicating [...]
"Resilience" is a controversial term among physicians, many of whom feel using the word has become a way to assign blame for the negative psychological results of practice conditions over which no physician has control. (See our blog post Why Most Physicians Hate the Term ‘Resilience.’)
LEAP HR: Healthcare Conference 2018 Hats off to the planners of the LEAP HR: Healthcare Conference in Chicago earlier this month. The team from Hanson Wade provided an excellent venue, a well-organized and managed schedule of events and one of the most engaging conferences in my 10 years of attending conferences.