KevinMD: Providing clinician support in times of calm and chaos
Physician burnout is a documented problem. In a recently published article in KevinMD, OBHG's Dr. Jane van Dis references Medscape’s National Physician Burnout and Suicide Report, reporting on widespread physician burnout. Dr. van Dis acknowledges that burnout will likely be at an even higher level once the immediacy of COVID-19 passes.
An excerpt from the article is below, speaking to Dr. van Dis' own experience transitioning from a role as a private practice physician to an OB hospitalist:
“When I speak with colleagues experiencing burnout, I encourage them to consider changes that don’t involve leaving the medical field, but instead, to change the way they work within the health system. For me, this meant switching from private practice to an OB hospitalist role, where I am now working with a network of hospitals in the labor and delivery unit. The switch gave me significantly more flexibility, more time with my children, and the opportunity for greater life balance, where I have more control over my schedule and generally work an average of five to eight hospital shifts a month. Remarkably, while the Medscape survey found 49 percent of physicians would accept less money in exchange for more free time, I didn’t have to accept a pay cut.”