Physician Wellness

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 Wellness 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 wellness efforts.

Resources

Georgia Professional Health Program (confidential support)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7 support)
800.273.8255

AMA Burnout Tip of the Week

Dr. Callins’ GPLA Wellness Project

Free CME 

AMA Professional Well-Being

Articles

AMA: ‘Changing the culture of burnout’

AMA: ‘4 steps to creating an effective physician well-being program’

AMA: ‘Creating healthier systems and healthier physicians’

AMA: ‘Impact of suicide on our physician workforce’

AMA: ‘Physician mom’s and burnout’

AMA: ‘Fix the ‘pebble in the shoe’ problems to cut physician burnout’

KevinMD.com: ‘Work-life balance is hard. Here’s how this physician does it.’

‘EHR messaging improvements could help with burnout’

Burnout is everywhere

About to burn out?

Medical profession top of the list for suicide

How one local physician got help (for burnout)

Signs your physician colleague is at risk for suicide

Coaching as an intervention