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Physicians Share How They Avoid Burnout

Physicians Share How They Avoid Burnout

Burnout is a very real problem in healthcare. If physicians aren't careful, they can let the pressures from third-party payers, government stakeholders, and health systems, as well as the day-to-day stresses of the job, have a major effect on them. What are some ways to avoid burnout? We asked our advisory board. Here's what they said.

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Physicians Practice

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I have a relationship with Christ & God and pray almost every day. I lead a physicians Bible study at my hospital that at times has been a great support group because we physicians have unique problems. We pray for each other. I read the Bible as often as I can & that brings me great comfort.

Calvin @

Great presentation! Thanks Gabriel. This is super helpful for putting practical steps into place.

James @

I hug my wife first, thank her for "being there" for me. Then I hug my 2 and 18 month old daughters and their smiles melt my woes and put them in perspective.
Email or talk to my older children as well. Encourage my granddaughter, an honor student, to pursue her dream to be a Pediatric Neurologist. We have an eponymous syndrome thus seems a natural choice..

ALAN @

Physician are being abused, I agree. Nonphysicians who should be working FOR us and helping us care for our patients tell us how to do our job and make more money and have better hours than we do. Tom McGuire, CEO of United HealthCare took a $2 BILLION salary recently.

That said, I still enjoy my profession immensely. It's intellectually challenging and gratifying in a way no other career can match. I emphasize the human dimension of medicine and try to know my patients personally. They know that I care about them, and they care about me.

I have a strong faith that helps me cope with the BS. I love to hike in the mountains. I am helping my granddaughter become a stamp collector; we are having a ball. I exercise daily and read non-medical books to keep from burning out.

If you feel yourself burning out, and half of us are, admit that you are overwhelmed and get help before you harm a patient.

Gary @

Good advise Doc...than project it your nurses (as experienced mostly by the nurses in the Philippines)

Rodolfo @

I get totally away from patient healthcare by writing short stories at my lunch break. I find my mind refreshed and ready to tackle the medical issues of the afternoon.

John @

I get totally away from patient healthcare by writing short stories at my lunch break. I find my mind refreshed and ready to tackle the medical issues of the afternoon.

John @

Physicians are abused and that has to be said clear and loud. And burden has to stop - not to "teach physician to deal with abuse".
I am sick and tired to see what is done with our profession - we need strike and street demonstration by physicians and on physicians' behalf - not a "lecture in meditation".

Miriam @

And I, a nurse, will be right there with you!!

Mary Carol @

Totally agree. It's not burnout, it's abuse. Pamela Wible, MD has an entire platform on this issue.

Ashley @

I agree.

I don't feel overworked.

I have enough time to do what I like.

And yet, when I go to my office, the patients come requesting tests and specialist referrals without any regard to my opinion. THIS IS ABUSE!

Rodica @

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