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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 career burnout.
The role of the physician has slowly eroded with time.
Once the captain of his or her ship, now the physician has become a smaller and smaller cog in the medical machine.
It therefore comes as no shock that talks of physician burnout become more and more prevalent in today’s medical climate.
This article, by an anonymous physician, on Kevin MD emphasizes this disturbing trend in, “Physicians Have Become Devalued In Modern Healthcare.”
Burnout knows no boundaries in terms of profession and is not unique to medicine.
Regardless of occupation, burnout tends to have similar root causes that need to be addressed in order to properly combat it.
If you do not treat the disease but rather the symptoms, you will never truly eradicate it.
Chief Mom Officer goes through the 4 stages of burnout, the three main causes of burnout, and, most importantly, ways to combat burnout in, “Battling Burnout.”
Burnout definitely has impacted a lot of physicians as the “joy” of practicing medicine is slowly being depleted.
I recently shared my own experience with burnout that definitely sucked the joy out of practicing medicine for me.
Sure there are somethings you cannot change on your own such as the increasing number of hoops you have to jump through because of medical bureaucracy.
But there are somethings that might be within your power to change and make an overall difference in your life.
Dr. Cory Fawcett lists not one, not two, but 10 ways to inject happiness back into your medical career in, “Ten Ways To Regain The Joy In Medicine.”
Physicians can often feel attacked by the public.
The physician is often the scapegoat for rising healthcare costs as the public sees doctors as being rich (even though physician salaries only make a small portion of overall healthcare costs.)
It is no wonder why physicians are starting to choose to leave medicine because of burnout and lack of respect.
The physician behind aPenned Point addresses the potential ramifications of this in, “Keep up the insults, and good luck finding a physician in 10 years.”
So is there going to be a healthcare crisis in 10 years as the previous article suggests?
Not so fast.
Look For Zebras says that the notion that physicians are up and leaving due to burnout may be overblown in, “Are Doctors Quitting Medicine In Droves Due To Burnout? I’m Not Convinced.”
Hope you enjoyed the reading material.
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