Residency

4 strategies to reduce resident burnout

Residency Program Insider, January 15, 2020

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Although students entering medical school reportedly have lower burnout rates and better quality of life compared to professional peers of the same age in other fields, a significant amount of them report feeling burned out and depressed by the time they enter residency.

At the recent American Conference on Physician Health, burnout expert Lotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE, shared four strategies programs can adopt to reduce resident burnout:

  • Address faculty burnout. Burned out faculty may display the type of behavior that programs don’t want their residents adopting. Satisfied faculty are more likely to display behaviors associated with resident well-being.
  • Create a strong community. Offering optional activities, such as meditation sessions and mindfulness training, provides a support system for residents and medical students.
  • Foster strong leadership skills among program directors and associate program directors. A recent survey found that residents are less likely to experience burnout if they are satisfied with their program leadership.
  • Provide self-assessment tools. Give residents a method to evaluate their levels of well-being so they can make lifestyle changes, if needed.


Source: AMA
 



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