In this month’s EMPIRE STATE EPIC (quarterly publication of NYACEP), akosmed founder Arlene S. Chung, MD promotes the creation of mindfulness-based wellness curricula for both undergraduate and graduate medical learners. Check it out on page 30, On Learning to be Well.
” … Suicide represents the heartbreaking end of a wide spectrum of psychological distress that often begins with symptoms of burnout. Most of us intuitively understand burnout as a state of mental, and sometimes physical, fatigue due to work-related activities. More formally, it has been defined as a triad of emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced professional efficacy. Although hospitals and residency programs have recently made efforts to address the physical and psychological demands of residency, such as mandating duty hour limits and providing confidential counseling services, there continues to be a general absence of formal wellness education on recognizing the early signs of burnout and teaching effective coping strategies. [Read More]”