Residency

Overlooked causes of resident burnout, emotional fatigue

Residency Program Insider, November 11, 2016

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In an article recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Jennifer A. Best, MD, suggests there may be other factors other than charged patient encounters contributing to the burnout and depression epidemic in residency. Drawing from her own training and from personal stories from her residents, the following are some of the commonly experienced yet overlooked factors that contribute to physician burnout, emotional fatigue:
•    Forming and then disbanding close-knit clinical teams each month without formal acknowledgement or proper goodbyes
•    Missing unique and unrepeatable events, such as holidays, birthdays, weddings, and funerals
•    Strained longtime friendships due to years of unavailability and geographic distance
•    Repeated bedside challenges to a physician’s core ethical, moral, and spiritual framework

Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association



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