“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 [...]
Potential Physical Implications of Burnout Burnout—defined as persistent emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue and cognitive weariness—may negatively affect physical health more than previously believed.
Many providers today report reduced passion and interest in their work. With the need to take on more administrative tasks, less patient facing time, frustrations with electronic records and adapting to frequent and complex changes at work—many report having lost the joy they once experienced while practicing. Most of us have [...]
Developing physician leaders is recognized as an important measure for the success of healthcare organizations. For example, strong physician representation in leadership has been linked with quality patient care and patient satisfaction.[i]
Peer Coaches Understand the Issues “Watch one, do one, teach one” is a medical school philosophy healthcare organizations adopt for knowledge transfer beyond surgical techniques. Physicians not only prefer learning from other doctors—they learn better when peers are doing the teaching, coaching and mentoring.1 Peer coaching [...]
Emotions in medicine: An inner conflict with rationality? The emotions of dealing with death, dying and disease on a regular basis can be among the most stressful experiences most humans encounter, but the first lesson many physicians learned in medical school was not to care too much. Emotionalism has historically been [...]
Peer Support Group Key for Medical Practitioners Sometimes a peer is the only one who can understand the unique world of healthcare. In a time where they are busier than ever with adapting to changes and increased administrative tasks, informal time to chat with one another seems to be disappearing. One avenue to ensure a [...]
A Physician Peer Coach understands unique needs Research indicates many physicians are reluctant to ask for help—yet they’re often in desperate need of a compassionate listener, such as a peer coach, who understands the work, personal and family challenges they face. In fact, 88% of surveyed physicians reported moderate to [...]