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.