The COVID-19 pandemic’s emotionally pulverizing impact on physicians and the health-professional workforce has exacerbated the mental health and burnout crisis within health care and demands action. In the article below from the American Medical Association (AMA), they express how they support legislation in Congress—S. 4349/H.R. 8094, “The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act”—named after the 49-year-old physician whose tragic death made headlines in an early pandemic hot spot already overwhelmed by COVID-19.”— the act also includes to establish grants for many health professionals/providers.
Clicking on the article below you can learn more about “The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act” as well as the collection of news articles that detail other steps the AMA is taking to prevent suicide among doctors and the resources that individuals and organizations can use to help save lives.
Written by: Kevin B O’Reilly
As we have read in previous blog post, many physicians are dealing with information overload, however technology can help. There is rapid growth and sharing of medical information has the possibility to improve patient care. However, it can also lead to physician burnout. To put into perspective; medical knowledge doubles every 3.5 years and is projected to double in just 73 days in 2021. General practitioners would need to read 20.7 hours per day to keep up with primary care literature. What a doctor learns during the first three years of medical school will amount to only 6% of what is known a decade later. Medical errors occur most often when doctors do not have quick access to evidence-based information.
Therefore, it may appear counterintuitive that greater access to information increases the risk of medical error, but with more than 800,000 medical papers published each year, there is no efficient way for any physician to process that, which means clinicians may not be current with all the latest drug and treatment recommendations. This article explains the relationship between medical error, information overload and physician burnout, first generation software, mobile applications to process data and provide information, diagnosis, calculators, clinical reference tools, landmark research summaries, drug reference and the verdict.
Written by: Jay Ripton
Addressing Physician mental health can be challenging. However, with the help of Dr. Neil Baum – physicians can take a closer look into understand their mental health and ways to improve it. Dr. Neil Baum is a Professor of Clinical Urology at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of several books which include ten books on practice management and the business of medicine. Dr. Baum was the columnist for American Medical News for more than 25 years. Dr. Baum wrote the popular column, The Bottom Line, for Urology Times for more than 20 years. He has authored or co-authored over 250 articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed medical publications on various urologic topics as well as articles on practice management.
Click on the link to receive access to Dr. Baum’s Five Minute Practice Fix, videos from Dr. Baum that provide practical ideas and suggestions that have been tested by this practice or used by other physicians that will largely improve the efficiency and productivity of their medical practices. The videos also show real world examples from Olympic athletes Simone Biles and Michael Phelps to talk about physician mental health.
By: Neil Baum, MD
Obtaining work/life balance can be one of the most challenging lifestyles from physicians to achieve. As a matter of fact, attempting to acquire a healthy work/life balance requires, exertion. Above all, it is an operation that requires taking initiative of your precedence, understanding where your time and energy are in effect, and making accommodations to adjust your expectations to a line with reality.
In addition, the link below dives into detail on four suggestions for physicians to make to allow you to improve your work/life balance. 1) Detach and observe 2) Ask for help 3) Practice saying ‘no’ and 4) Technology sabbath. Check it out!
Written by: Jonathan Ford Hughes
Sixty-one percent of physicians reported experiencing burnout in 2021, up from 40 percent in 2018, according to a small survey the Physicians Foundation released Aug. 4. The survey is based on responses from 2,504 U.S. physicians collected between May 26 and June 9. Thirty-six percent of physicians were in primary care. The remaining 64 percent practiced in one of 27 specialties.
Click on the link below to dive deeper into the seven findings regarding COVID-19 burnout in relation with physicians.
Written by: Mackenzie Bean
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I enjoy working in different settings, meeting new physicians. Locum tenens helps me do that and keeps me intellectually engaged.
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I have been working with a hospital in just outside Charlotte. It was hard work with long hours but I enjoyed my work also met colleagues and have learnt a lot in the process.
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