When physicians face the prospect of reducing their practice hours or challenges in heading toward retirement, they usually find themselves dealing with a profound crisis of identity.
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 [...]
This article originally appeared in Emergency Medicine News, October 2016.
"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.’)
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:
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.
Mindfulness Mindfulness meditation can be practiced at any moment of our day. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness says, “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally.”
Most clinicians I talk with say the most gratifying part of their work is treating patients. No matter how frustrated they are navigating the changes in healthcare, or dealing with increased administrative tasks, most still love the time they spend with patients. And their commitment to patient care and safety is palpable.
New program at the University of Minnesota Medical School may help reduce stress and burnout, physician shortage.