Are You Having More Than Just a Few Bad Days? You Might Be Experiencing Burnout

frustrated physicianPracticing medicine is often stressful, and it’s normal to have a bad day from time to time. But if you notice yourself disconnecting from your role as a physician, becoming emotionally exhausted or desensitized to your patients, you may be experiencing burnout.

Many physicians who experience burnout believe that their symptoms represent personal or professional failure. But the truth is that burnout is caused by a variety of factors, including systemic issues in the workplace and other circumstances beyond the individual’s control.

So what should you do? Start by reading the latest installment of ISMIE’s “Lessons from the Field” series. This Lesson includes an interview with the medical director of the Illinois Professionals Health Program, helpful tips on how to fight burnout for yourself and your colleagues, and links to critical resources for those in need of assistance. Then, register for our October 8 webinar, Physician Burnout: What’s New? What Can We Do?, which will define physician burnout, identify its impact, and discuss several approaches to addressing it. No matter the cause, it’s important to equip yourself with the right tools to take control of your well-being.

For more information about burnout or any of ISMIE’s risk management resources, contact our risk management team by email or by phone at 800-782-4767 ext. 3300.