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Dr. Ken's Corner: Is it Burnout or Boredom?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 27, 2019 9:29:24 AM
Burnout among physicians is much higher than burnout in the general population. But could it be that many physicians diagnosed with burnout are actually suffering from boredom? Here are some of the synonyms listed under the heading of boredom: apathy, weariness, dissatisfaction, frustration, restlessness, lack of enthusiasm, lack of interest, lack of concern. And here's the AMA's definition of burnout: "emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lost sense of accomplishment." Sounds like boredom and burnout go hand-in-hand.
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Topics: Physician Burnout

Dr. Ken's Corner: Leaving Practice for a While? Think Reentry

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jan 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Despite reports of burned out doctors abandoning their careers, many other doctors simply want some time off -- perhaps a year or more -- to take a breather, spend time with family, or take a sabbatical abroad. The AMA warns that leaving clinical practice for an extended period of time should not be taken lightly: "Lack of retraining before reentry raises questions about patient safety and the clinical competence of reentered physicians." Doctors need to be aware that, "getting back in the game is expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes nearly impossible. So before you take a hiatus from medicine, ask yourself--can you afford it?" (medpage.com)

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Topics: Physician Burnout, Dr. Ken's Corner, Education

Dr. Ken's Corner: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Show Dramatic Drop

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jun 20, 2018 12:38:14 PM

Recent efforts to make hospitals safer seem to be paying off.  The goal is an ambitious one, to say the least: to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 1.8 million from 2014 to 2019, a 20% reduction that will save 19.1 billion dollars in hospital costs (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).  Optimism is growing that this goal may be attainable.

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Topics: Physician Burnout

Why Humor is Imperative for Physicians (and Patients, Too)

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Apr 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

When was the last time you had a good laugh?

April is National Humor Month, and the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” couldn’t be more true than in healthcare. Laughter fuels resiliency, and with more than half of physicians reporting symptoms of burnout, laughter is always welcome at hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country.

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Topics: Physician Burnout, Humor in Medicine Month

Dr. Ken's Corner: Erasing the Stigma of Physician Depression

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Nov 20, 2017 2:29:40 PM

The high incidence of depression among physicians can no longer be ignored.  Several recent reports show that every segment of the profession is at risk, from medical students and residents in training to mid-career physicians and those nearing retirement.

One study found that approximately 25% of medical students and residents suffer from clinically significant symptoms of depression (stat news.com).  Another shows that both men and women are highly susceptible to depression during their internship year, but that women are at significantly higher risk than men (healthday.com).  The three biggest challenges they face are (1) work-life balance, (2) dealing with time pressures, and (3) fear of failure or making a serious mistake (2016 Medscape survey).

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Topics: Physician Burnout

How Do Hospitals Feel About Locum Tenens?

Posted by Lauren Garvey on May 8, 2017 3:22:06 PM

Hospitals work with locum tenens physicians and advanced practitioners for several reasons. From filling gaps in scheduling to lowering readmission rates and fighting burnout, locum tenens is a great way to help facilities find coverage and secure fast quality care when and where it’s needed most.

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Topics: Locum Tenens, Physician Burnout

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