|I was truly honored when Dr. Rena Yadlapati contacted me to discuss burnout and balance. Her essay in the previous issue has advice and wisdom beyond her years—read it and then read it again, as I did.As we talked and I reflected on my years in training and early career, I realized we did not have the term burnout then, nor would we have had permission to use it. We were told to give 110% to work, we never questioned that work would come above all else, and we didn’t recognize the dysfunctional patterns all around us. As I read the literature on burnout a few years ago, I realized that it is inevitable for most of us to feel burned out at some time in our careers.
Here are 3 things to consider:
Remember the characteristics that predispose to burnout are those we want in our physicians: idealism, perfectionism, and a sense of responsibility. I am so thankful and proud of recent generations for changing the way we think about burnout, for the better for our profession and ultimately for our patients
Christina M. Surawicz, MD, MACG
Professor of Medicine
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