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Is ‘Stress-free Physician’ an Oxymoron?

I am back, with a year-end blog, this time. Today, the winter solstice has led me to do some reflection. I launched my new website, (www.stressfreephysician.com). Is it really possible to have a ‘stress-free’ life at all? When I look around me, I see people who are complaining about the stresses in life, and in…

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Burnout: Chinese vs US Physicians

Just read yet another article on Physician Burnout (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/803968). This one compared burnout amongst physicians in China and the United States. In order to keep the groups comparable, only the responses of physicians less than 45 years of age were selected – there were 6000 Chinese, and 7500 US physicians. I was specifically intrigued by…

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What is Burnout?

While talking with a colleague recently, I was asked this question – and I realised that the word ‘burnout was used a lot, and the signs of severe burnout, the point where it hits you in the face, is easily recognisable. However, burnout is something that has to be recognized before it reaches this stage,…

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Preventing Burnout

According to Maslach and Jackson, who created the Maslch Burnout Inventory (MBI), the symptoms and signs of burnout can be grouped under three headings: Emotional Exhaustion, Depersonalization (or Cynicism), and Ineffectiveness. The cost of such a condition, in a physician can be immeasurable – not just for the physician, but for the family, the colleagues,…

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Burnout – FAQs

I recently gave a talk at my hospital Grand Rounds, about Burnout, which is one of my favourite topics. There were a few questions asked, which I thought I could try and answer here. “If I take any time off, what will happen to my patients?” I would like to clarify that I wasn’t asking…

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