New ‘Top Docs’ show addresses physician burnout & wellness

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show addresses MAG’s efforts to reduce physician burnout and promote physician wellness – and it features MAG Physician Wellness Task Force Chair Keisha Callins, M.D., M.P.H.  

Dr. Callins discusses…

– Why physician wellness is important
– The factors that contribute to physician burnout
– How physician burnout affects patient care and safety
– The mission of MAG’s Physician Wellness Task Force – as well as its partners 
– AMA’s recommendations for addressing physician wellness and burnout
– The unique challenges that women, medical students and residents face
– What other states are doing to address burnout and wellness
– Why physicians aren’t always quick to seek help
– What physicians can do to reduce burnout
– Suggestions for hospital systems and large groups

According to the World Health Organization, “burnout” includes someone who feels depleted of energy or exhausted or who is mentally distanced from or cynical about one’s job or who 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.

And nearly 90 percent of the delegates who participated in a survey at MAG’s House of Delegates meeting in 2018 said they believe physician “burnout” is undermining patient care.

MAG’s Physician Wellness Task Force – which is comprised of physicians, residents and medical students – is “evaluating physician burnout and recommending ways for MAG to help physicians avoid burnout or deal with its consequences.”

Contact Lori Cassity Murphy at lmurphy@mag.org or 678.303.9282 with questions related to MAG’s physician wellness efforts.

Dr. Callins is an OB-GYN with Community Health Care Systems, a federally qualified health center network in central Georgia. She also serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Community Medicine at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon. Dr. Callins was recently honored with MUSM’s ‘Joy McCann Professorship.’ She has a medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine, she is a graduate of the MAG Foundation’s Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy, she has served on the Georgia Composite Medical Board, and she is a member of the Bibb County Medical Society.

Between downloads and live listeners, the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show – which won an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award in 2019 – has now reached more than 650,000 listeners and viewers, which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

The ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO.

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

Resources

MAG Physician Wellness web page

Georgia Professional Health Program (confidential support)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7 support)
800.273.8255