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!”
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.
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.
by Shawn Friday, MEd, LPC, CEAP, February 2018
New AMA Podcast Series to Help Physicians and Providers Last week the American Medical Association (AMA) announced the launch of a new podcast series to help tackle difficult situations in patient care for physicians and providers, residents and medical students. This is a great proactive effort to help address high stress [...]
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Stress teaches us things. There are a lot of important things I have learned from stressful times in my life and in the lives of others I have worked with during their times of stress, trauma or crisis. Two of these lessons are: