Selfless. Dedicated. Independent. Confident. Compassionate. Responsible.
The realities of the medical profession today are exposing the missing skills most consider essential for physicians. We know it takes more.
Resiliency. Balance. Flexibility. Adaptability. Self-Acceptance. Mindfulness.
These things are not usually taught in medical school – or maybe any school – but they can be learned and practiced. Doing so has become critical for both physicians’ personal well-being and business reasons.
Exhaustion and burnout lead to more than a physician’s own dissatisfaction. They result in heightened risk of medical errors, more physician disruption, substance abuse, suicides and – the business concern – physicians leaving the profession.
Every doctor who drops out of medical practice costs some health care entity $250,000 or more to replace. Few groups or institutions can afford to lose even one physician. And each physician loss exacerbates access problems for patients.
Physicians must attend to self-care and wellness as an ongoing process. Let these pages be a healthy start for YOU or physicians on your staff.
Originally published by Indiana State Medical Association’s Physician Assistance Program.