Physician Resilience

According to the World Health Organization, a “burnout” diagnosis can include someone who 1) feels depleted of energy or exhausted or 2) feels mentally distanced from or cynical about one's job or 3) has problems performing their job. 

A 2017 study by the Mayo Clinic discovered that the “burnout” rate for physicians in the U.S. is nearly 44 percent. This includes physicians who are in private practice, academic settings, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

And nearly 90 percent of the delegates who participated in a survey at the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) House of Delegates meeting in 2018 said they believe physician “burnout” is undermining patient care. MAG is consequently committed to educating physicians in the state about the signs and symptoms of burnout and to support any physicians who need help.

MAG is also working with the Georgia Composite Medical Board to educate state lawmakers about the consequences of physician burnout and the need to continue to fund the Georgia Professionals Health Program (PHP).

MAG has a Physician Resilience Task Force that is evaluating physician burnout and recommending ways for MAG to help physicians avoid burnout or deal with its consequences, including the dissemination of information and development of resources. Contact Lori Cassity Murphy at lmurphy@mag.org or 678.303.9282 with questions related to MAG’s physician resilience efforts.