The flame that is so strongly lit when applying to medical school commonly dwindles into a slow fade of burnout for many attending physicians. The impact is real and so are the consequences. Today we will discuss some of the causes.
What is your view of medical mission work? Is it all helpful? Does some of it hurt the community we are attempting to serve? What does effective mission work look like? Today we will discuss this and discuss when helping hurts!
A plan that was attempted and failed is always better than failing to plan. Right? If you don’t plan at all, you are just guaranteeing failure. Being mentally, relationally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally disciplined all have guaranteed dividends. But how does discipline kill a bear?
On this Wellness Wednesday, we will discuss three reasons why very few people care about wellness and why I think people who find it worthless are wrong.
Hesed is often translated as loving-kindness, but it also encapsulates mercy, loyalty, and even compassion. Hesed seems to be the ideal way that we should think and care about others, particularly our patients. In a world that is more jaded by the day, Hesed seems to be less and less common. What is more common now is something called Compassion Fatigue. Today we will discuss exactly what Compassion Fatigue is and ways that we may be able to combat it’s evil forces.
Burnout is both prevalent (in residents and attendings), costly (as much as $250,000-$1,000,000 per physician who leaves because of burnout), and deadly (an estimated 400 attending physicians end their life each year). Today we answer the following: As an organization does investing in wellness provides a good return on investment?
I used to think this topic (and many other similar topics) were “mushy” topics that people only discussed if they had problems. I then started to realize that all of us have problems or know someone that does. We can continue to ignore these topics and pretend they aren’t a problem, or we can step up and combat the issue head on. Before we do that, though, we have to define the enemy. What exactly is burnout?