5 Themes from ICPH to Help Support Physician Health

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 [...]

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Challenges of Slowing Down and How to Avoid the Pitfalls

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.

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Cognitive Testing of Physicians: Making the Best of the Controversy

In the face of research showing the medical profession is rapidly aging (see our blog post "Projections on the Graying of the Physician Labor Force" for more details), there have been a number of initiatives to establish regular testing of physicians’ mental and physical fitness as they age—to make certain their cognitive [...]

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Projections on the Graying of the Physician Labor Force

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 [...]

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Make the Most of Aging Physicians' Wealth of Knowledge

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 [...]

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Here Are the Biggest Threats to Physician Resilience

"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.’)

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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:

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The Challenge of the Iron Doc Model and Why it Needs to Change

In a paper published on the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst site in 2017, Brian Bohman, MD, and nine colleagues from six institutions, including the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic and the AMA, call on clinical leaders to: “Lead a paradigm shift in rejecting the historic 'iron doc' culture by [...]

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The 3 Elements of Burnout—They Might Surprise You

How do you recognize when a physician is experiencing burnout? Given the high demands of contemporary medical practice and the extreme pressures physicians work under, you might think burnout would be most clearly signaled by a blowup—“I can’t take this anymore!”

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LEAP HR: Healthcare Conference 2018 Trends - Talent Acquisition, Multi-Generational Learning & Organizational Culture

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.

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