Finding meaning, balance, and personal satisfaction in the practice of medicine

Thursday, May 3 2018 @ 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM

Hine Hall (IP) ,Auditorium

Presenter(s): Tait Shanafelt, MD
Audience: Faculty, staff, and learners


Distress is common among physicians and can have substantial personal and professional implications. An extensive body of research has demonstrated a strong link between physicians personal well-being and the quality of care they provide patients. Several decades of research have identified many of the factors that contribute to physicians distress. More recently, studies have begun to define the personal and professional characteristics that contribute to physician well-being and satisfaction. Dr. Shanafelt will provide a critical review the literature on physician satisfaction and burnout, discuss data on the personal and professional repercussions of physician distress, and provide highlight personal and organizational approaches to promote physician well-being.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss what is known regarding satisfaction and burnout among physicians
  • Recognize the personal and professional consequences of burnout
  • Recognize personal and organizational approaches to promote well-being

About the presenter:

Tait Shanafelt, MD, a pioneer in physician burnout research and prevention serves as Stanford Medicine’s chief wellness officer, one of the first at a U.S. academic medical center. He directs Stanford’s WellMD Center, serves as associate dean of the medical school; and continues clinical work and research on treatments for people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Previously, at the Mayo Clinic, he led an initiative to counter burnout and improve physician well-being. His focus on physician wellness began in 2001 when he published a ground-breaking study that launched a national conversation about the problem and its impact on care. The burnout trend, Shanafelt says, is ‘eroding the soul of medicine.’ Thousands of doctors in surveys Shanafelt has overseen report that they are emotionally exhausted, have lost meaning in their work or don’t feel engaged with patients. The impact, his studies reveal, can be more doctor errors, higher hospital patient death rates and less compassionate care.

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