What to do about burnout?
January 1, 2017
Feeling burned out? It happens, don’t worry. There are a lot of resources available online, for example through the AMA, and we’ve got some tips from Dr. O’Hollaren’s talk.
- Begin each day by focusing on what’s right, not just what’s wrong.
- Remember to also care for your “work family.” They are foundational to the healing work you do.
- Look at your practice with a new focus on your well-being and sanity. Craft your team to practice at the top of their license to decrease your administrative burden.
- Despite all forces aligned against you, work to connect personally with each patient.
- Learn to say no to things that are not important or consistent with your priorities.
- Be deliberate in creating time with yourself, family and friends. Actually take vacations.
- Acknowledge your own good work, not just what is still left to do.
- Keep in touch and know what is going on with your professional colleagues.
- Don’t be afraid to get help from your local Physician Health Program (PHP). Almost every state has one.
- Work deliberately to improve work flow in your office – especially with care teams and how they work with the EHR.
- Widen your field of view to engage with system design work in your organization and community. Start where you are comfortable.
- Compare notes with other doctors in your community – they are likely feeling the same way you do. Improve things together.