Picture an alternate universe where you as a physician look forward to your lunch break so that you can refuel and engage with your fellow colleagues. In this imaginary world, not only do you have time to eat and converse with others, but you also have time to throw on your sneakers and go for a walk outside before you start your afternoon. And the best part of all, while ...

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Identifying signs of burnout in yourself, or someone else, is the first step to tackling a solution — as with anything, awareness is key. If we don’t see it, we don’t know how to approach the problem. Even if we know burnout exists, now what? How can we begin to manage something this big given its multifactorial contributors? I wanted to spend some time on the solution aspect of burnout, as ...

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Many things in life can only be truly appreciated once reflected upon — like the onset of dementia, depression, and cancer, just to name a few. This got me thinking about the onset of burnout and how the true presentation in life is quite different than reading about it. The term "burnout" is often thrown around loosely but is an actual syndrome comprised of the progression of “exhaustion, cynicism and reduced ...

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The question was recently posed on Twitter about how long it takes to recover from burnout, even when positive changes have been made. I have considered burnout from many angles, both personally and professionally, and had not really considered this question specifically before. Physician burnout has come to the forefront of discussions in the medical community for both physicians and organizations. With burnout cited as impacting over 50 percent of practicing ...

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“It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.” - Hippocrates The Internet has the ability to connect us regardless of geographic location, socioeconomic status and age -- it really has no boundaries. I grew up in a time when today’s technology was not the norm and having a pen pal offered you a way to connect with someone you didn’t otherwise know. Nowadays, ...

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I wholeheartedly support the message behind the project, What Works For Me. As health care professionals, we continually encounter human suffering and work under stressful conditions. As a family physician for the past 14 years, I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of clinical settings, including several in general family practice. Currently, I practice family medicine in the sexual health clinic of a community health center. ...

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