“In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men.” —Cicero
The past year has seen a host of studies and articles releasing jarring statistics and anecdotes surrounding rates of physician ‘burnout’—commonly defined as a loss of enthusiasm and a low sense of accomplishment, coupled with feelings of exhaustion and ineffectiveness. The Archives of Internal Medicine conducted a 2012 study using a large sample of U.S. physicians from all specialty disciplines, and their findings depicted a gloomy picture of healthcare: not only were burnouts more common among physicians than other U.S. workers, physicians in specialties at the front line of care were also found to be at the greatest risk.
The 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report delivered similar findings, reporting that almost half of all physicians stated that they had experienced burnout. An analysis from researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association additionally indicated that doctors’ work-life balance is progressively worsening, further expressing that this “disturbing trend” could negatively impact patient care. Even more concerning is data reported in a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that the rate of depression among doctors in training was much greater than the general population, and statistics published that showed nearly 55 percent of physicians surveyed experienced at least one symptom of burnout.
The significant and growing problem poses a direct threat to quality of patient care. There must be a collective shift in order to move towards an optimal system of healthcare in which physicians feel continuously motivated and passionate, and transition away from the current, traditional practices that inevitably lead to doctor burnout. Join us on our mission to reinvigorate physicians in healing their patients. Rediscover the passion you once felt. Learn new and innovative methods to prevent disease before it has taken hold. Our Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine will help you be the change.
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