A post on Kevin MD by Dr. Gail Gazelle gave great advice on how to handle physician burnout in a colleague. I was surprised by tip #3 which stated, “don’t problem solve or give advice.” Her top advice was to approach the situation with compassion, followed by normalizing the situation. Many physicians blame themselves during times of stress. She states this is normal and to assure your colleague that stress and burnout are common in the medical field. She also reminded us to have the colleague remember his or her accomplishments. Her final tip of seeking professional help was very important to remember. You can read the entire article here.
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