When everything that leads up to burnout occurs in today's modern medical practice, it results in lower rate of promotion, less leadership roles, lower earning potential, underrepresentation on editorial boards and in research, and even sexual harassment for women in medical roles.

Strategies for change on both the personal level and the healthcare level must work hand in hand to see progress. 

On a personal level, this means:

  • Setting realistic career goals as family matures

  • Setting realistic goals for domestic responsibilities with outsourcing of responsibilities when possible

  • Personal wellness goals: eating well, exercising, meditation, individual time, and quality family time

  • Meeting in group settings outside of work with other professionals to feel comradery and support

Physicians are twice as dissatisfied with their work-life balance as other professionals.

 

Physician burnout will be an ever-present major issue, especially for female physicians, unless measures are taken to address the issues.to effect culture change, efforts need to be directed at the organizational systems’ level. This looks like... 

  •  Education of all staff and physicians with regard to unconscious gender bias and its omnipresent effects in the workplace–decreased rate of promotion, pay inequities, decreased major leadership roles, etc

  • Recognition of inherent unconscious biases with strategies and solutions.

  • Recognition, acceptance, strategies, and solutions for addressing sexual harassment.

  • Understanding that gender diversity in leadership roles, presence as editors in chief, and in research adds measureable value with improved success.

Let's discuss how we can work together to decrease burnout within your organization: 

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