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What are the best ways to deal with physician burnout?

I plan on entering medical school in the fall and I'm preparing myself to have a way of combatting physician fatigue. I think it will be worst during residency so I want to have these techniques under my belt before then. Thank you for reading!

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William’s Answer

The best way to deal with physician burnout, which is something we all face to varying degrees, is to recognize your limitations and to recognize your psychological and spiritual well being are equally as important as your professional goals. They go hand in hand. To perform well professionally you need to be sound both psychologically and spiritually. You cannot have the one without the other. The proper balance aids you both in your personal life and professional life. What can be of a great help in attaining this proper balance is having other interest, whether that be as an artist, musician, history, cooking, athletics, etc., as well as taking a few moments each day reflecting on your spirituality. The proper balance between your professional goals, other interest and spiritual reflection helps you to stay grounded and better deal with challenging issues, which affect all of us both personally and professionally.

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Shaveanda’s Answer

It is important to prioritize your personal values to have life/work balance. Once those priorities are acknowledged you should work through the things that you have to do and the things you want to do. If these thoughts are in the background you can stay ahead of the game by maintaining a healthy balance as your professional and personal life develops.
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Hanya’s Answer

In order to overcome burnout, you must prioritize yourself! There is nothing more important than you. Taking an hour everyday for yourself goes a long way. Use this time to do some self care and rest your mind and body!
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