Burnout in Academic Neurology: How bad is it, and what can we do to prevent it?

2018 AUPN Fall Chairs Session
(Held in conjunction with ANA Annual Meeting)

Career dissatisfaction among healthcare providers is reaching epidemic proportions, with more than 50 % of practitioners suffering symptoms of burnout.  This may be particularly true for academic physicians who face the additional burdens of performing research, writing papers and grants, administrative duties and teaching medical students and residents.   Burnout involves loss of the feeling that one’s work is important, valued and meaningful. It damages the physician patient relationship, causing depersonalization and loss of the vital connection and the pleasure of patient interactions.  Career dissatisfaction may reduce clinical and academic productivity, can lead to depression and induce physicians to leave academics or medicine entirely. These effects are magnified in the academic setting due to the loss of potential lifesaving research and the cascading effect of poor satisfaction on the training of medical students and residents. Dr. John Greenfield will present results from a survey of clinical faculty at UConn Health and its ramifications for academic departments.  Dr. Patrick Reynolds will discuss burnout among Neurology residents and ongoing efforts to understand and mitigate this problem.  The focus will be to provide tools for improving career satisfaction among academic neurologists and neurologists in training.

1. Describe the effects of burnout on academic clinicians.
2. List factors associate with burnout among academic clinical faculty, and possible remedies.
3. Discuss strategies for detecting, mitigating and preventing burnout in Neurology residents.

L. John Greenfield, Jr., MD, PhD; University of Connecticut School of Medicine/UConn Health
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Patrick Reynolds, MD; Wake Forest University
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