How can doctors avoid burnout? I only lasted 52 years in practice. It’s fun! 2
Physicians often suffer from burnout and from dissatisfaction with a “job”. Job becomes a routine, rather than the “calling” that doctors decided upon when they went into medicine. It is true for physicians in training. But it is also true for physicians mid-career and for accomplished physicians. How to be happy as a physician? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. How to avoid the burnout? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Well, I’m aware of the statistics on burnout. I only lasted 52 years in practice. So I don’t know! Then I quit because I was becoming deaf. Being a physician is just wonderful fun! A lot of times people get burned out for two reasons. One reason, they put themselves in a bad work position. Dr. Marshall Wolf, MD. The hours are just impossible to tolerate for their family. They don’t have a life outside of work. So doctors have to figure out how not to do that. Then the second thing is this. Physicians often don’t appreciate the rewards of medical practice. You know! They take to share patients’ lives. Doctors help patients solve their problems, figure out what’s going on. Physicians help them do that. I found it wonderfully satisfying. Perhaps you don’t find medicine satisfying. Then you are going to work very hard and you may decide you don’t like it after a certain period of time. Dr. Marshall Wolf, MD. The practice of medicine is a lot of fun. Sometimes people put themselves in a position where they work too many hours. So it is unsatisfying to their families. They don’t have a life outside of medicine. You do need life outside of medicine. You need to have a life as well as a profession. You know, personally I just like medicine. I still enjoy it, you know. I’m “retired”. So I only come to the hospital 35 hours a week to learn and to teach. Eminent physician and medical educator Dr. Marshall Wolf. He speaks on a need to balance life outside of medicine. Importance of a family and work in one’s medical career.
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