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Physicians Often Don't Address Their Burnout

Physicians Often Don't Address Their Burnout

The same traits that help physicians excel at their profession are likely to make them experience burnout.

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

Whether you're interested in writing for healthcare blogs or dabbling in a subject outside the realm of medical care, there's something for anyone with an interest in a side hustle.

Formal Mindfulness Training Feasible, Useful for Surgery Interns

Formal Mindfulness Training Feasible, Useful for Surgery Interns

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training is a feasible and acceptable method to combat stress and burnout experienced by medical interns.

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Although there are many demands on residents, taking advantage of paid vacation time is one of the perks and should be maximized.

Leana Wen, MD, to Assume Planned Parenthood Presidency

Leana Wen, MD, to Assume Planned Parenthood Presidency

Leana Wen, MD, begins her tenure at Planned Parenthood on November 12, 2018.

The Gamification of Medical School is Well Underway

The Gamification of Medical School is Well Underway

Gamification approaches may have benefits that supplement those of traditional classroom learning.

Goop Reaches Settlement in False Advertising Lawsuit

Goop Reaches Settlement in False Advertising Lawsuit

A $145,000 settlement will be paid by actress Gwyneth Paltrow's company, Goop, in a lawsuit over unfounded claims that some of its products improve women's sexual and emotional health.

Medical Schools Phase Out Lectures as Education Shifts Outside the Classroom

Medical Schools Phase Out Lectures as Education Shifts Outside the Classroom

Medical students are choosing to forego lectures to use the time studying for the Step 1 exam instead.

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

Physician Specialty Influences Rates of Burnout

Interested in specializing in critical care? You may want to reconsider.

Achieving Proper Recognition for the Accomplishments of Women in Medicine

Achieving Proper Recognition for the Accomplishments of Women in Medicine

Although the conversations may be difficult, residency program leadership must do its part to elevate the voices of female trainees.

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

Concierge Medicine Is Changing the Physician Practice Landscape

In addition to a better work-life balance, concierge medicine can reduce the number of patients a physician needs to see in order to make a living.

TEDMED: TED Talks Help Reignite Physicians' Passions for Medicine

TEDMED: TED Talks Help Reignite Physicians' Passions for Medicine

Watch one of these healthcare-focused TED Talks and reignite your passion for medicine.

Residents' Sleep Deteriorates During Training

Residents' Sleep Deteriorates During Training

First-year residents experience worsening sleep duration and quality as well as daytime sleepiness.

Know Before You Go: Practicing Medicine Abroad

Know Before You Go: Practicing Medicine Abroad

For physicians working in the US, the prospect of practicing medicine abroad can be both exciting and daunting.

Listen Up: Medical Podcasts for Physicians

Listen Up: Medical Podcasts for Physicians

For physicians, podcasts are a unique way to expand your knowledge on a range of different medical topics.

Mind-Body Therapy and Psychiatry: Ancient Tools for Modern Practice

Mind-Body Therapy and Psychiatry: Ancient Tools for Modern Practice

Meditation techniques have an ever-growing evidence base to support their use and have become increasingly accepted in Western medicine as helpful adjuncts to other therapies.

Childbearing Surgical Residents Often Feel Career Dissatisfaction

Childbearing Surgical Residents Often Feel Career Dissatisfaction

More than half of women who have a baby during surgical residency express some type of career dissatisfaction.

Sound Healing May Be A Simple Solution to Combat Burnout

Sound Healing May Be A Simple Solution to Combat Burnout

Sound healing — a meditation technique that focuses on the power of sound — may offer a solution to physician burnout.

Summer Reads for Physicians, by Physicians

Summer Reads for Physicians, by Physicians

Take a break from the office and soak up the sun with these physician-penned summer reads.

Wellness Vacations Prioritize a Healthy Lifestyle During Travel

Wellness Vacations Prioritize a Healthy Lifestyle During Travel

Wellness travel comes in many forms: from coastal bike rides to weeklong workout programs with celebrity trainers.

Wilderness Medicine: A Getting Started Guide

Wilderness Medicine: A Getting Started Guide

Wilderness medicine includes everything from treating regular medical conditions in hostile environments to emergencies such as hypothermia or hyponatremia.

When Physicians Become Patients: Challenges in Seeking Health Care

When Physicians Become Patients: Challenges in Seeking Health Care

Physicians who are caring for other physicians should treat them as they would any other patient and not allow them to take control of their illness.

Patients Comfortable With Physicians Having Tattoos, Piercings

Patients Comfortable With Physicians Having Tattoos, Piercings

Patients did not perceive a difference in physician competence, professionalism, caring, approachability, trustworthiness, or reliability based on exposed body art.

Making a Run for It With George Chiampas, DO, Chicago Marathon Medical Director

Making a Run for It With George Chiampas, DO, Chicago Marathon Medical Director

George Chiampas, DO, shares his experiences working as medical director of the world-renowned Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

So You Want to Be a Physician-Blogger: What It's Really Like to Write About Medicine Online

So You Want to Be a Physician-Blogger: What It's Really Like to Write About Medicine Online

Blogging has become a powerful tool for physicians to share their expertise, build better relationships with their patients, and make connections online.

Move Over, Mindfulness: Sophrology Is the Newest Stress-Busting Technique

Move Over, Mindfulness: Sophrology Is the Newest Stress-Busting Technique

Based on science and covered by health insurance, sophrology is the latest stress management technique to gain popularity.

AMA Vows to Improve Access for Physicians Seeking Mental Health Care

AMA Vows to Improve Access for Physicians Seeking Mental Health Care

The policy aims to further reduce stigma associated with mental health illness to ensure physicians are able to seek the care they need for anxiety, depression, and substance-related disorders.

Suicide Rates on the Rise in Nearly Every State, Says New CDC Report

Suicide Rates on the Rise in Nearly Every State, Says New CDC Report

Using data from the National Vital Statistics System, the CDC researchers examined trends in age-adjusted suicide rates in individuals 10 years of age and older, by state and sex, across 6 consecutive 3-year periods (1999-2016).

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

To investigate whether physician attire can affect a patient's experience, researchers performed a cross-sectional study on 10 academic hospitals spanning the 4 main geographical regions of the US.

Paging Dr Oz: Drop the Healthcare Horoscopes

Paging Dr Oz: Drop the Healthcare Horoscopes

Since his rise to fame on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr Mehmet Oz has spent his TV career hawking all kinds of questionable medical science.

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

Causes of caregiver burnout include confusion about their new role, unrealistic expectations, lack of control, and unreasonable demands, often placed by caregivers themselves.

Mindfulness Program May Help Increase Physical Activity Levels

Mindfulness Program May Help Increase Physical Activity Levels

Researchers found that a meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective as structured exercise programs for increasing physical activity.

Twelve County-Level Factors Affect Individual Well-Being in US

Twelve County-Level Factors Affect Individual Well-Being in US

Twelve county-level factors, including social and economic, clinical care, and physical environment, explain the majority of variation in resident well-being in the United States.

Get Your Sweat On: Top Fitness Trends of 2018

Get Your Sweat On: Top Fitness Trends of 2018

The American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) annual survey reveals people are going back to basics to get fit in 2018.

Addressing Compassion Fatigue as a Cost of Caring: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 3

Addressing Compassion Fatigue as a Cost of Caring: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 3

Anita Everett, MD, recent past-president of the American Psychiatric Association, discusses physician burnout and compassion fatigue.

Interventions to Prevent Physician Burnout: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 2

Interventions to Prevent Physician Burnout: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 2

Anita Everett, MD, recent past-president of the American Psychiatric Association, discusses physician burnout and compassion fatigue.

Combating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 1

Combating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Interview With Anita Everett, MD: Part 1

Anita Everett, MD, recent past-president of the American Psychiatric Association, discusses physician burnout and compassion fatigue.

Medical School Enrollment Projected to Surpass Recommended Target

Medical School Enrollment Projected to Surpass Recommended Target

The current report includes enrollment projections only for the 151 institutions that grant MD degrees.

Using Buddhism-Based Compassion Training to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Using Buddhism-Based Compassion Training to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue can lead to decreased quality of patient care and increases in medical errors.

When Sparks Stop Flying: How Is Clinician Burnout Tied to Patient Outcomes?

When Sparks Stop Flying: How Is Clinician Burnout Tied to Patient Outcomes?

Physician burnout has gained traction as a public health concern because more physicians are leaving medical practice altogether, resulting in decreased patient access and continuity of care.

Breaking the Culture of Mental Health Stigma: The Challenges Physicians Face When Seeking Help

Breaking the Culture of Mental Health Stigma: The Challenges Physicians Face When Seeking Help

Research is clear: Many physicians are struggling but they don't always feel comfortable speaking up.

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

Why Is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

As the #MeToo movement has gained strength, reports of sexual harassment at medical schools have mostly remained stagnant.

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

No single solution to address sexual harassment in medicine exists, but physicians of all genders must come together to make progress.

Charter Outlines Principles of Physician Well-Being

Charter Outlines Principles of Physician Well-Being

The Charter on Physician Well-being is intended to outline specific principles that can be used to address well-being throughout a physician's entire career.

Bully for Us: Confronting Medicine's Bullying Problem

Bully for Us: Confronting Medicine's Bullying Problem

The culture of bullying — widespread across the medical field — has been linked to poorer patient outcomes. So why can't physicians stop bullying in its tracks?

Interns' Schedule Takes Toll on Sleep, Physical Activity, Mood

Interns' Schedule Takes Toll on Sleep, Physical Activity, Mood

Interns' intense and changing schedules take a toll on sleep, activity, and mood.

Survey Reveals Challenges of Balancing Motherhood and Surgical Training

Survey Reveals Challenges of Balancing Motherhood and Surgical Training

Long, unpredictable hours, work demands, and high expectations are particularly challenging to mothers in medical training.

Clinicians With Alzheimer Disease: Reframing Perceptions

Clinicians With Alzheimer Disease: Reframing Perceptions

Approximately 4600 actively licensed physicians in the US are practicing with Alzheimer disease.

Colleague of the Month: Submit Your Nomination

Colleague of the Month: Submit Your Nomination

Submit your nomination for Colleague of the Month today.

Less Talk, More Action: Task Force Develops Blueprint to Tackle Physician Burnout

Less Talk, More Action: Task Force Develops Blueprint to Tackle Physician Burnout

The first meeting of the task force focused on 3 key strategies that could be used to develop a "national blueprint for change."

Testing a Multi-Pronged Approach to Improve Physician Engagement, Reduce Burnout

Testing a Multi-Pronged Approach to Improve Physician Engagement, Reduce Burnout

A multi-pronged strategy increased employee engagement over the course of one year.

Leading Medical Organizations Confront the Clinician Burnout Crisis

Leading Medical Organizations Confront the Clinician Burnout Crisis

Growing demands in healthcare have led to high rates of physician stress and burnout.

Share Your Story: Honoring Women in Medicine

Share Your Story: Honoring Women in Medicine

Do you know a woman in medicine who you would like to honor? Medical Bag is collecting your stories.

Childbearing, Family Leave Policies Examined at Top US Medical Schools

Childbearing, Family Leave Policies Examined at Top US Medical Schools

Childbearing and family leave policies vary on a school-by-school basis.

Single Health System Linked to High Rates of Physician Burnout

Single Health System Linked to High Rates of Physician Burnout

Physicians exhibiting emotional exhaustion were more likely to leave their organization.

Examining the Crisis of Physician Suicides: Then and Now

Examining the Crisis of Physician Suicides: Then and Now

Since Gerry FitzGerald's suicide 80 years ago, physician suicide has become a staggering public health crisis that's gone largely ignored.

Expert Opinion: Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Physician Burnout

Expert Opinion: Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Physician Burnout

Compassion fatigue affects workers across the spectrum of helping professions, and is extremely prevalent among physicians.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cost-Effective for Some Adolescents With Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cost-Effective for Some Adolescents With Depression

A brief cognitive behavioral therapy program is cost-effective for adolescents with depression who declined or stopped using antidepressants.

AMA: Resources Developed to Address System-Level Physician Burnout

AMA: Resources Developed to Address System-Level Physician Burnout

The online tools include a team-based care model, enhanced communication, float pools, and wellness metrics.

Experts Recommend 7 Web-Based Tools and Mobile Apps to Reduce Physician Burnout, Stress

Experts Recommend 7 Web-Based Tools and Mobile Apps to Reduce Physician Burnout, Stress

Researchers recommend 7 online tools and mobile apps to help healthcare professionals reduce stress, burnout, depression and suicidal behaviors.

Women More Likely to Leave Medicine Due to Pay Gap, Burnout

Women More Likely to Leave Medicine Due to Pay Gap, Burnout

Stresses that female physicians face throughout their careers, including the pay gap and burnout, need to be addressed to prevent women from leaving the profession.

Spouses of Female Physicians More Likely to Work Outside of the Home

Spouses of Female Physicians More Likely to Work Outside of the Home

Spouses of female physicians work more hours outside the home than spouses of male physicians.

Work-Family Conflicts Increase Depressive Symptoms Among Medical Interns

Work-Family Conflicts Increase Depressive Symptoms Among Medical Interns

The increase of depressive symptoms was greater among women compared with men.

Physician Burnout: Expanding the Scope of Solutions

Physician Burnout: Expanding the Scope of Solutions

Although there has been growing awareness of physician burnout in recent years, the problem has continued to increase.

Hurricane Irma and Heart Disease: A Killer Match

Hurricane Irma and Heart Disease: A Killer Match

For patients with cardiovascular disease, the stress of natural disasters can increase the risk of adverse events.

Clinician Job Satisfaction Linked to Remediable Work Conditions

Clinician Job Satisfaction Linked to Remediable Work Conditions

The researchers found that satisfaction was associated with less chaos, more cohesion, better communication, and closer values alignment at work, but not with higher-quality care or fewer medical errors.

Female Physicians May Be Especially at Risk of Burnout

Female Physicians May Be Especially at Risk of Burnout

Female physicians are more burned out than their male colleagues, but there are ways to prevent burnout and reduce stress.

Medical License Questions Dissuade Physicians From Seeking Help for Mental Health

Medical License Questions Dissuade Physicians From Seeking Help for Mental Health

Medical licensure application questions regarding mental health conditions present a barrier to physicians seeking help.

Conflict of Interest Reporting at Medical Conferences Needs Improvement

Conflict of Interest Reporting at Medical Conferences Needs Improvement

An assessment of conflict of interest statements in oral presentations at medical conferences shows that many are not clearly stated.

Alarm Fatigue: The Balance of Being a Physician and a Father

Alarm Fatigue: The Balance of Being a Physician and a Father

A physician contemplates the relationship he has with his children and his father.

Maternal Multivitamin Use May Be Inversely Associated With Intellectual Disability in Offspring

Maternal Multivitamin Use May Be Inversely Associated With Intellectual Disability in Offspring

Multivitamin supplementation during pregnancy is tied to a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder with intellectual disability.

Why Are Physicians Delaying Retirement?

Why Are Physicians Delaying Retirement?

While many physicians are delaying retirement for various reasons, some older physicians have resisted using electronic health records, which may lead them to retire before they are ready.

Regular Leisure Exercise of Any Intensity Protects Against Future Depression

Regular Leisure Exercise of Any Intensity Protects Against Future Depression

Future depression risk is reduced by any leisure-time exercise.

Harness the Power of Creativity in Health Care

Harness the Power of Creativity in Health Care

Steven Pritzker PhD, coeditor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity, discusses how physicians can utilize creativity in health care.

Major Obstacle to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Attempts Identified

Major Obstacle to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Attempts Identified

For athletes with cardiac arrest, attempts to prevent tongue swallowing are an obstacle in resuscitation.

Suicide Attempts in the US Increase in 8-Year Period

Suicide Attempts in the US Increase in 8-Year Period

From 2004-2004 to 2012-2013, there was an overall increase in suicide attempts among US adults.

Work Hours Affected in Dual-Physician Couples With Children, Especially for Women

Work Hours Affected in Dual-Physician Couples With Children, Especially for Women

These findings were from a national sample of dual-physician couples.

Is There a Link Between Resident Attrition Rates and Resident Remediation?

Is There a Link Between Resident Attrition Rates and Resident Remediation?

The use of resident remediation may decrease the 5-year attrition rates of residents.

The Track Through Residency: Is Running Away From Burnout an Option?

The Track Through Residency: Is Running Away From Burnout an Option?

If medical training isn't a marathon, it's at least a hotly-contested 5K race.

Reduce Burnout With Patient-Centered Communication

Reduce Burnout With Patient-Centered Communication

When providing increased communication with patients, physicians have higher proficiency and less burnout.

Female Physicians Have Higher Rates of Practice Mobility

Female Physicians Have Higher Rates of Practice Mobility

The study found that physician mobility factors include smaller population size and lower primary care physician supply.

Working Long Hours Linked to Higher Risk of Developing A-Fib

Working Long Hours Linked to Higher Risk of Developing A-Fib

Researchers found that people who work long hours are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, which could explain the previously observed increased risk of stroke among those working long hours.

Early Career Burnout Can Spread Through Social Networks

Early Career Burnout Can Spread Through Social Networks

Researchers found a one-unit increase in mean social network members' burnout levels tied to 0.21-unit increase in burnout.

Night Shifts May Inhibit Body's Ability to Repair DNA Damage

Night Shifts May Inhibit Body's Ability to Repair DNA Damage

Lower levels of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine were noted in the urine of those who worked at night.

Physician Attitude Significant Factor in Retaining Patients

Physician Attitude Significant Factor in Retaining Patients

Other variables that encourage patients to leave include cost, bedside manner and comfort of the facility.

Guitars, Bars, and Just a Li'l Good Doctorin'

Guitars, Bars, and Just a Li'l Good Doctorin'

Most patients want unhurried, nonjudgmental listening — served up with a generous helping of clinical competence and a healthy dollop of empathy.

Becoming Parents - Part 1: The Decision

Becoming Parents - Part 1: The Decision

The thought of caring for a crying infant wasn't appealing. In fact, it was frightening. We did want to have kids — at some point.

Physician Error Disclosure Can Be Improved by Implementing Social Psychology

Physician Error Disclosure Can Be Improved by Implementing Social Psychology

Deliberate practice, along with lessons from social psychology, can implement change in error disclosure.

Path to Achieving Empathy Associated With Provider's Health

Path to Achieving Empathy Associated With Provider's Health

This conclusion could be especially useful in the context of medical professions, researcher says.

Don't Listen to the Burnout "Experts" — Listen to Your Heart

Don't Listen to the Burnout "Experts" — Listen to Your Heart

"I know they never taught happiness in medical school, but you deserve happiness just as much as anyone else."

Significant Discrimination Faced by Many Physician Mothers

Significant Discrimination Faced by Many Physician Mothers

Overall, 77.9% reported discrimination, with 66.3% reporting gender discrimination.

Why Are More Women Leaving Behind Their Stethoscopes?

Why Are More Women Leaving Behind Their Stethoscopes?

Stressors include pay gap, burnout, and transitioning back following a temporary leave.

Added Workplace Stress Due to Post-Election Political Conflicts

Added Workplace Stress Due to Post-Election Political Conflicts

Employees are feeling more stressed and cynical, and job productivity may suffer, the survey finds.

Sometimes, We're More Than Just a Doctor for Our Patients

Sometimes, We're More Than Just a Doctor for Our Patients

A primary care physician reflects on the different roles he plays in his patients' lives.

Qualified Female Scientists Being Overlooked by Medical Conference Organizers

Qualified Female Scientists Being Overlooked by Medical Conference Organizers

Active generation of lists of potential speakers and assessment of qualifications can address this bias.

Physician Burnout Risk Factors Identified in 6 Areas

Physician Burnout Risk Factors Identified in 6 Areas

Tools gauging burnout focuses on workload, control, rewards, community, fairness and values.

Q&A: Discussing the Ugly Truth of Modern Sexism in Medicine

Q&A: Discussing the Ugly Truth of Modern Sexism in Medicine

A candid interview with Elise Barney, DO, on a sometimes subtle, but corrosive problem that deserves everyone's attention.

Young Doctors Urged to Be Mindful of Social Media Behaviors

Young Doctors Urged to Be Mindful of Social Media Behaviors

Investigators found many examples of unprofessional and 'potentially objectionable' behavior online.

Simple Ways to Improve the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Simple Ways to Improve the Doctor-Patient Relationship

One of the most overlooked functions of communication is establishing the patient relationship.

Attending Physician Behaviors and Teaching Ranked Highly Among Residents

Attending Physician Behaviors and Teaching Ranked Highly Among Residents

Behaviors of attending physicians rated as important included showing empathy to patients and the ability to explain.

Practice What You Preach: How To Be A Healthier Doctor For Your Patients

Follow these easy steps to be a healthier doctor for your patients.

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