Grand Rounds: Burn It To The Ground
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Welcome to this session of grand rounds, a collection of posts I have discovered in the blogosphere and have found of interest and hope you do too.
This offering of Grand Rounds looks at articles from around the web that deal with the phenomenon of burnout.
Being able to practice medicine is a huge sacrifice.
We subject our body and mind to immense physical and mental tolls during our training.
Limited/interrupted sleep on call, dealing with sometimes life and death situations on the fly, can reek havoc on us.
Crispy Doc sheds some light on some of the damage we are actually doing to our body at a cellular level in, “Does Your Career In Medicine Cause You Shrinkage?”
Every resident thinks there is a light at the end of the tunnel and after X amount of years of grueling work as a resident they will have made it to easy street with the attending paycheck and lifestyle that goes with it.
Hate to dim that light a bit, but unfortunately becoming an attending is not quite what it is cracked up to be as more and more physicians are in the clutches of burnout.
Burnout can get so bad as an attending that some may even look back to those days of residency and think that was where the greener pastures were.
Such was the case posted by an anonymous physician on Kevin MD in, “This Burned Out Physician Was Happier As A Resident.”
Many physician respondents on surveys about physician burnout cite that it the loss of autonomy, increasing regulatory hoops to jump through as major causes.
Could there be a underlying culprit that is the root cause of this?
Dr. McFrugal tackles this head on in his post, “Is The EMR The Cause Of Physician Burnout?”
Some of the more inspiring physician stories I have read relate to doctors who have struggled with burnout but somehow found a way to overcome it and reclaim their lives and their ability to practice medicine.
Charmaine Gregory MD, an emergency medicine doc, shares her story of reclamation in this Op-Med Doximity piece, “How I Beat Burnout,” and says all it takes is 30 minutes (2%) a day.
Unfortunately there is no magic pill to swallow to cure burnout.
So is the practice of medicine doomed?
Luckily there are ways to alleviate the problem and reduce its impact.
The Physician Philosopher does a guest post on Campfire Finance and reveals one such method in, “3 Ways Financial Independence May Save The Practice Of Medicine.”
Hope you enjoyed the reading material.
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