Will I Be Hurt by Going to Work Today?

Already struggling in a system-wide burnout crisis, COVID-19 responders in healthcare now have reason to worry: Will I be hurt by going to work today? It’s no secret that many healthcare workers are lacking adequate PPE, a critical situation this recent Time magazine article highlights.

Organizations must mitigate occupational trauma and its effects

Trauma. We encounter it just about everywhere we look these days. We absorb it through news stories of victims and from witnesses of violent plots, shootings, and cruelty. We feel it through natural disasters, poverty, and homelessness. You don’t have to be someone’s mother to ache with empathy and compassion for those suffering from such horrific experiences.

Flatlined Connectedness: Reviving Healthcare Teams in a Disconnected Culture

In our first blog in the Connectedness Series, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks that the advancement of technology has on connectedness in the workplace especially as it impacts the healthcare arena. However, technology is impacting connectedness in many workplaces, which makes us ask, “What is unique about physicians?”

Conferences Point Out Need for Connectedness

This spring was a season filled with conferences. I’ve written about the NAHCPC’s conference previously, where our panel discussed the importance of caring for caregivers. Other conferences I participated in included two with a focus on the workplace, where I presented or led a panel for the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health.

The Gift of Mindful Listening: Creating Connection and Wellbeing For Healthcare Providers And Their Patients

Deaf physicians are often credited by their patients as having more apt listening skills than their hearing counterparts. Dr. Philip Zazove, Chairman of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and a champion for deaf and hard of hearing physicians nationally says that patients frequently tell him, “I love the way you look at me and listen to me”.

Alleviating Burnout: One Conference’s Structural Take on this Industry-Wide Issue

On the tails of destructive Hurricane Harvey, University of Texas MD Anderson Center pushed on with a 2-day conference – Beyond Resiliency Training: Organizational Strategies to Alleviate Burnout and Increase Wellness in Academic Medicine. With a sold-out registration, this symposium promised spirited discussion and rich dialogue around the solutions to burnout.

Doctors Are In Pain: A Different Perspective on Why We Should Address Burnout

A group of over 400 healthcare leaders – the majority physicians – convened in the smoky particulate plume of San Francisco last week to attend the American Conference on Physician Health. The theme this year was “Finding Joy in Medicine”.

Protecting our Helpers and Healers: A Conversation that’s Overdue

A recent article in the Washington Post, What’s one of America’s most dangerous jobs? It’s not what you think (Sept 11, 2017) brought attention to the specter of workplace violence that nurses and other healthcare staff face on a daily basis.