This article originally appeared in Emergency Medicine News, October 2016. By Loice Swisher, MD I read Chris Doty's letter about his resident's suicide, and by the end of the second paragraph, 16 years melted away. I knew this path. It was mine. I had felt the grip of strangulating guilt, the crushing weight of failed [...]
"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.’)
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. This week we heard about a new pilot program at the University of Minnesota Medical School allowing students, based on their competency, past experiences and education, start their residency program earlier.
Do you feel like it's impossible to balance your work and life commitments? The prevalence and severity of physician and provider stress and burnout has been increasing. In fact, according to a 2015 survey by VITAL WorkLife and Cejka Search, 57% of responding physicians cited concerns about work/life balance as a cause of [...]
The impact of mental illness on our physical well being Eat a well-balanced diet. Move ten thousand steps a day. Get effective sleep. We know these things help to keep our physical bodies healthy. But we can’t ignore our mental and emotional health. Studies show people with depression often have worse physical health, as well [...]
One Solution for Work/Life Balance Life Happens While as a physician or provider, you are likely blessed with above-average intelligence, competence and endurance, what you undoubtedly lack is time. The demands of your practice, family and friends, special interests and hobbies mean you have limited time to pursue a healthy [...]