New ‘Top Docs’ highlights ways to avoid burnout & promote resilience

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses ways to avoid burnout and promote wellness and resilience within the health care community.

It features Georgian and former American Medical Association (AMA) President Patrice Harris, M.D., and AMA Group Vice President of Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability Michael Tutty, Ph.D.

The episode is part of MAG’s ‘G.R.I.T.’ campaign, which is being funded with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions. G.R.I.T. stands for Georgia’s Resilience Innovation Team. The campaign was created by MAG’s Health Care Workforce Resilience Task Force to support medical practices and health care systems in the state.

Drs. Harris and Tutty discuss…

– The causes of burnout
– How burnout affects patient care
– How the pandemic has exacerbated burnout within the health care workforce
– How systems and practices can reduce burnout and promote wellness
– Their advice for physicians who feel overwhelmed
– How to help a colleague who is struggling
– Why self-care is important
– What action could be taken at the national level
– What AMA is doing to address physician burnout

Dr. Harris is a child and adolescent psychiatrist from Atlanta. Having been a member of AMA’s Board of Trustees since 2011 and the chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force since it was formed in 2014, she became the first African American woman to become AMA’s president in 2019. In addition to MAG, Dr. Harris has held leadership positions at the American Psychiatric Association, the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, and The Big Cities Health Coalition. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, an adjunct assistant professor in the Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and an adjunct clinical assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Morehouse University School of Medicine. Having earned a master’s degree and a medical degree from West Virginia University, Dr. Harris completed her residency in psychiatry and fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at Emory.

Prior to joining AMA, Dr. Tutty had a number of roles at the University of Massachusetts Medical School – where he maintains an assistant professor faculty appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

The MAG Insurance Agency sponsors the ‘Top Docs’ show. MAG and MedPro Group – the nation’s largest and highest-rated health care liability insurance carrier – offer an industry-leading medical malpractice solution for physicians in Georgia. Click here for details and to get a quote on a MedPro policy, keeping in mind that MAG members qualify for a MAG premium credit. Contact Ryan Larosa at rlarosa@maginsuranceagency.com with questions.

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, ‘Top Docs’ is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotifyStitcher, and iHeart Radio.

Watch ‘Top Docs’ show on burnout/wellness with Drs. Harris & Tutty

Resources

STEPS Forward: A collection of engaging and interactive educational modules that are practical, actionable “how-to” guides to transform and improve your practice

The Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program: A program to empower and propel health systems to reduce burnout so that physicians – and their patients – thrive through a roadmap of programs and policies that actively support physician well-being

Organizational Assessment: A validated tool offered complimentary by the AMA that helps organizations of all sizes assess burnout and professional well-being

The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at tkornegay@mag.org with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.