2018 AMGA Highlights: Cultural Transformation, Stress and Burnout

Posted on March 15, 2018 by Leonard Pesheck, MBA

Updated May 18, 2020

The 2018 AMGA Conference in Phoenix was once again the gathering place for medical professionals and healthcare leaders to connect with their peers, share ideas and drive the direction of their profession. The conference provided plenty of learning opportunities and excellent speakers.

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The two major themes of the conference were cultural transformation and stress and burnout. Speakers often contributed stress and burnout to lack of control, decreased time with patients, work life integration issues and growing administrative burdens. It’s clear providers want to spend more time with patients and less time on clerical duties—although, they are frequently working extra evening hours and weekends just to keep up. Click here to read more about "Buying Time."

Three conference sessions focused specifically on stress and burnout:

  1. Immersion Workshop: Physician Well Being: Strategies to Promote Engagement and Reduce Burnout presented by Tait Shanafelt, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine.
  2. Engaging Physicians: Increasing Trust, Strengthening Culture and Building Resilience through a Multi-pronged Approach presented by Michael Michetti, J.D. and Susan Rehm, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic.
  3. The Pathology Within: Burnout, Wellness and the Search for Meaning in a Professional Life presented by Abraham Verghese, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine.

These sessions resonated with the audience and brought up questions that made us stop and contemplate the current state of healthcare, including:

  • What’s happening to my profession and how did we let this happen?
  • How does physician burnout relate to loss of engagement and medical errors?
  • How do we transform our culture to align with recruitment and retention strategies?
  • How does culture affect care-team dynamics, patient satisfaction and outcomes?
  • What organizations are doing things well and how did they get started?

Two articles addressing this topic and provide insights into these questions include:

This year, the 2018 AMGA Conference turned the attention inward and included serious introspection of self, personal well being and meaningfulness. Physicians have a passion for medicine and this year’s conference aimed to help them focus on this passion, build momentum and be a catalyst of positive change.

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