Beating Burnout Together: From IM2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

Eileen Barrett, MD, wants to help doctors beat burnout.

After her pre-course at Internal Medicine 2019, the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians, in Philadelphia, Dr. Barrett spoke with Postcall host Nick Andrews about the real problem of physician burnout and how it exacerbates other underlying issues. She uses a famous quote from Anna Karenina to illustrate the issue as she sees it (07:02).

She also tells an anecdote about how a passing comment in her hospital turned into a new protocol for administering vaccines. She discusses how this simple interaction increased her gratitude for her non-physician colleagues and exemplifies how clinicians, administrators, and non-clinical professionals can come together to improve outcomes, "help the bottom line," and solve a logistical issue (11:45).

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