Physician Burnout

2015 AUPN Spring Chairs Session: Physician Burnout and Advocating for Neurology Practice
Physician burnout. This is a timely topic topic about which Dr. Sigsbee published an article in December of last year (Neurology 83:2302-6).  The characteristics and consequences of burnout will be briefly reviewed.  Specific strategies to prevent and mitigate burnout will be discussed. Advocating for neurologic practice, in particular academic practice.  Dr. Sigsbee’s presentation will cover details of evolving threats to the practice of neurology, and currently active or planned advocacy strategies, including a consideration how chairs of departments may get involved.

2018 AUPN Fall Chairs Session: Burnout in Academic Neurology: How bad is it, and what can we do to prevent it?
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.

Program Director’s Workshop: House on Fire: It’s Time to Sound the Alarm on Burnout in Neurology
The course covered: The signs and symptoms of burnout and examine some of the potential drivers of the burnout epidemic among neurologists in training and in practice.  Finally, the course will discuss best practices of how to prevent, mitigate and treat burnout within the neurology community with a focus on best practices and pitfalls of wellness initiatives at a variety of neurology training programs. 

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