Finding Meaning, Balance, and Personal Satisfaction in the Practice of Medicine

In this presentation, Dr. Tait Shanafelt, Associate Dean and Professor, Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology at Stanford School of Medicine, discusses the issue of physician burnout in medical practice. Burnout is described as a syndrome of depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, and low personal accomplishment. According to a study conducted by the American Medical Association in 2011, 45% of all physicians had at least one symptom of burnout.

Dr. Shanafelt reviews current theories of the causes of burnout among physicians and highlights protective factors against burnout. He also discusses the professional and personal consequences of burnout in physicians. He emphasizes what institutions can do to support health care providers and what resources may benefit physicians experiencing burnout in their practice.

CME Information

CME Credit Available

You may claim CME credit after watching this activity.

Needs Statement

Faculty and trainees within the Department of Medicine who are involved in the care of patients need to be regularly updated with the recent advances and guidelines in the fields of medicine and quality improvement to increase clinical knowledge. This Grand Rounds series also aims to provide learners with the appropriate skills to implement the advances and guidelines in clinical practice to enhance the quality of patient care and outcomes.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Assess the available research data on professional satisfaction and burnout among physicians.
  • Recognize the personal and professional consequences of burnout.
  • Identify organizational approaches to promote well-being.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Fellows
  • Residents

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program Director

Richard J. Hamill, M.D.
Professor
Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Term of Approval

August 1, 2019 through August 31, 2021. Original release date: August 1, 2019.

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Presenter

  1. Tait Shanafelt, M.D.

    Tait Shanafelt, M.D.

    Professor of Hematology
    Stanford University School of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.