Don’t just survive – thrive!

Physician burnout presents a critical challenge to physicians, patients, and healthcare organizations. A joint study in 2015 by the AMA and the Mayo Clinic declared that 54% of physicians are “burned out,” with measurable negative consequences for patient safety, physician well-being, and longevity in the practice of medicine.

Stanford University decided to try and reduce physician burnout, but quickly concluded that it would be far easier to improve the quality of life outside the practice than to make the changes necessary for short-term relief. So they created an internal incentive program that allowed docs to “buy” quality of life services based on making changes that would yield long-term — not short-term — fruit.

The result?

…for the first time, this year there are no openings for new fellows in the Department of Emergency Medicine. “All our spots have been retained,” Gilbert said. “There’s been no turnover.”

This new blog will explore and expose ways of building resilience among physicians, so they can not merely weather the storm, but thrive and grow amongst the high winds of change.

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