How does the EHR drive burnout? Let’s count the ways. By understanding this, we can develop countermeasures to lower the impact and reduce the risk of physician burnout. We’ve all seen the studies that show that for every hour we spend with a patient, we spend two hours on administrative work, and we take hours of work home with us each night. But as we’ll see, it’s not all just about ...

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We are all familiar with the saying: "the last straw." It refers to the fable of the camel who could carry heavy loads. In the story, the camel is a beast of burden. Its owner, in an effort to transport as much straw as possible, keeps piling more and more on the camel’s back. Camels are strong and can handle a lot. But at some point, even the strongest camel will ...

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Did you see this recent post on MedPage Today?  “Burnout: Is Medical School the Staging Area? Burnout prevention starts in medical school.” The article describes important new work at the University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine to improve medical student resilience.  It’s great to see medical schools addressing burnout and equipping students with valuable coping mechanisms. As the post states, “One way to do this is to induce a greater resiliency ...

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