Coping with burnout and repetitive injuries


Dear colleagues,

We are all part of one of the most exciting and varied fields of medicine and hope to have long and productive careers. In this month’s AGA Perspectives we explore two different impediments to longevity as a gastroenterologist: work-related disability and burnout.

Physician burnout has reached almost epidemic levels in medicine and is best approached in a multimodal manner, incorporating both institutional and individual changes. Dr. Sumeet Tewani discusses ways in which groups and institutions can foster physician wellness to reduce burnout. In particular, he will explore how flexibility in work schedules, among other initiatives, can improve workplace morale. In an accompanying perspective, Dr. Anna Lipowska and Dr. Amandeep Shergill explore how to incorporate ergonomics in endoscopy to prevent injury. Endoscopic practice, with its repetitive tasks and physical demands, can predispose to injury at all levels of training and experience. Ergonomics is thus a critical topic that is unfortunately covered too little, if at all, in our endoscopy training.

Dr. Gyanprakash Ketwaroo

We hope these essays will help your medical practice and welcome your thoughts on these important issues at @AGA_GIHN.

Gyanprakash A. Ketwaroo, MD, MSc, is associate professor of medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., and chief of endoscopy at West Haven (Conn.) VA Medical Center. He is an associate editor for GI & Hepatology News.


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