Interim Physicians Blog

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 Interim Physicians 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

Let’s Talk About Doctor Depression

Posted by Interim Physicians on Feb 27, 2017 2:49:52 PM

“First, do no harm.” It’s one of the most well-known oaths physicians take when they graduate from medical school. Unfortunately, physicians are often exempt from this statement when considering their own health. Not by their own choosing, but as a result of the culture of medicine in which they’re immersed.

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Topics: Physician Burnout

Dr. Ken's Corner: Burnout Less Likely In Doctors Who View Medicine As A Calling

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Feb 23, 2017 3:21:35 PM

Do you ever doubt that you're making a difference?  If this feeling crosses your mind very often, you're more likely to experience burnout, regardless of your occupation.  With the rapid and dramatic changes to their role identity, physicians are especially prone to this condition, characterized by emotional exhaustion and a low sense of accomplishment.

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Topics: Physician Burnout, Dr. Ken's Corner

Improve Work-life Balance With Locum Tenens

Posted by Interim Physicians on Feb 10, 2017 11:05:01 AM

If you are a physician facing burnout, you're not alone. According to the 2017 Medscape Lifestyle Report, 51% of physicians say they are burnt out. Burnout can manifest itself in many ways, such as loss of enthusiasm for work, low sense of personal accomplishment, or feelings of cynicism (Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout, 2017).

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Topics: Locum Tenens, Physician Burnout

Dr. Ken's Corner: Patients and Computers Compete for “Face-Time”

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Oct 3, 2016 2:15:34 PM

Filling in the EHR gaps so that patient charges can be billed properly is not only time-consuming, it detracts from meaningful “face-time” with patients.

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Topics: EMR Systems, Physician Burnout, Dr. Ken's Corner