Liz Ferron, MSW, LICSW

Liz Ferron, MSW, LICSW
Liz is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and received her MSW degree in clinical social work from the University of Minnesota. She has served three terms as President of the Minnesota Employee Assistance Program Administrators and Counselors (MEAPAC), and is a former adjunct faculty member at the College of St. Benedict. Liz has provided training to healthcare professionals in several areas, including stress management, change management and conflict resolution.
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When A Physician Lashes Out Part 4: The Confrontation

The story so far: In episode one, renowned surgeon Dr. Cliff D.’s angry outburst at a nurse and a physician colleague during a procedure prompted HR director Joelle K. to investigate. In episode two, she found nurse Janice L. and attending Dr. Gita K. were “walking on eggshells” in the presence of the volatile surgeon, [...]

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Preview: Women Doctors Are More Stressed Than Men

In 2017, we published the results of our fifth Physician & Advanced Practitioner Well Being Solutions Survey. There were several interesting findings, both expected and unexpected—but the key conclusion now taking shape is there’s a significant gap between female and male physicians and their stress levels.

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When A Physician Lashes Out Part 3: The Dilemma

In episodes one and two of the story, Dr. Cliff D. was overheard shouting at two colleagues during surgery. When HR director Joelle K. carried out interviews and found Dr. D. had ordered nurse Janice L. to remove a retractor and Janice questioned the procedure, prompting Dr. D.’s outburst. After attending physician Dr. Gita [...]

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Are you feeling isolated at work?

“I am not happy in my work,” the young physician announced to me during our first conversation. “I’ve been at this a year, and I still feel uncertain, overwhelmed and it’s simply ‘not enough’ during my clinic days.” She went on to describe what is frequently referred to as the “imposter syndrome” where someone feels they are [...]

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When A Physician Lashes Out Part 2: The Fallout on the Clinical Team

In the first episode of the story, Dr. Cliff D. was overheard directing loud, hard words to two colleagues during surgery. Someone—we’re not sure who—complained to HR director Joelle K., and she interviewed the participants. What emerged was that Dr. D. had ordered nurse Janice L. to remove a retractor, and Janice was [...]

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Insights from the New England Journal of Medicine’s Physician Burnout Collection

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.

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Download the Infographic: Healthcare Organizations & Millennial Physicians: A Juggling Act for Healthcare Leaders

Demographers use different age ranges to define the millennial generation, but the most common seem to include those born between the years of 1984 to 2000; and by this criterion, they’re a huge cohort: 76 million people in 2017, nearly a quarter of the US population.

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The Proven Value Millennial Physicians Bring to the Table

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.

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A Promising Future: The Millennial Impact on the World of Medicine

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 [...]

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