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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 burnout and how to avoid it.
Burnout can happen to anyone, regardless of career or income level.
The worst part about being burnt out is that it is an insidious process.
Much like the frog in a pot of water that is slowly brought to boiling, it can be too late by the time you realize your predicament.
Therefore the best way to combat burnout is to take steps to avoid it ever happening in the first place.
Filled With Money shares some tips in, “How To Avoid Burnout Before it’s Too Late.”
When I was a resident it was common knowledge that if you chose private practice over academics you were more likely to make money but it came at a cost as you will be far busier.
As you get busier and busier trying to make money, as well as shouldering more of the administrative tasks than an academic counterpart, you risk becoming burnt out.
Investing Doc recognizes this risk and tries to offer advice in, “Avoiding Burnout In Private Practice.”
For those who are not quite ready to retire, one option you can employ to reduce burnout is to slowly taper down your clinical responsibilities and work less.
Sure you will make less money but the alternative is being pushed over your breaking point and quitting outright.
Prudent Plastic Surgeon shares an article on why “Working Less is Worth Every Penny!”
Often physicians may have a second wind once they reduce clinical hours to the point that practicing medicine becomes fun again.
These physicians may extend their careers much longer than originally intended as the flames of burnout recede.
Financial Success M.D. had a similar epiphany in, “Benefits of Working Half-Time.”
Of course it makes life a whole lot easier if you can withstand the income hit to your household when going to part-time.
So it definitely makes sense that even if you do not want to retire early, it is important to at least shoot for financial independence.
By achieving FI, the economic hit of working less will not be as impactful.
The Physician Philosopher gives more examples in, “5 Ways Financial Freedom Beats Burnout.”
Hope you enjoyed the reading material.
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