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According to this article by Essary, et. al: “…small studies suggest that rates of burnout among PAs may be similar to rates among physicians, between 34 percent and 64 percent.”  Put another way, burnout affects half of all PAs, and according to this article by Shanafelt, et. al., these rates are higher than that of most other professions.

Within the medical profession, the following demographics and features may increase the likelihood of burnout:  

  • Specialty (Emergency Medicine, Primary Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, and Oncology are shown HERE to have the highest rates for PAs)
  • Female gender (shown HERE)
  • Age (Generation X, 40-54 years old, has the highest rates — shown HERE)

The Mayo Clinic states HERE that if you agree with the following statements, you may be at an  increased risk of developing burnout:

  • “You identify so strongly with work that you lack balance between your work life and your personal life.
  • You have a high workload, including overtime work.
  • You try to be everything to everyone.
  • You work in a helping profession, such as health care.
  • You feel you have little or no control over your work.
  • Your job is monotonous.”

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Published by Shayne Foley

I have dedicated myself to a lifelong pursuit of health and wellness, both personally and professionally, over the last 25 years. My passions, interests and experiences have led me to a multitude of health and wellness disciplines, resulting in an accumulation of over 40,000 hours of experience. My educational degrees include: Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science, Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. In addition to my educational accomplishments, the culmination of my career experiences outside of the classroom have developed my passion for coaching and teaching. Some of these experiences include: Performance coaching for elite athletes and business professionals (10+ years), teaching at multiple universities (6+ years) and working as a Physician Assistant (10 years). These academic, pedagogical and practical experiences have shaped, and continue to shape, my philosophies, theories and solutions related to health and wellness. I am thrilled and humbled to now be bringing all of my acquired knowledge, holistic approach and pragmatic methods into what I see as my most important and impassioned work to date: Coaching healthcare professionals to reach their personal and professional goals. I grew up in Western Massachusetts, and have spent the majority of my life living throughout New England. I currently reside in Vermont, where the environment and culture organically foster an optimal work-life balance. I live joyfully with my lovely wife and rescue dog. My other interests include outdoor recreation, lifestyle design, financial independence, travel and supporting my local community. I’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to contact me, you can do so via the following ways: efficientclinician@gmail.com

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