LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT (PART 7) –PREVENTION

Before you just right into Burnout Part 7: Prevention, I’d like to bring attention to this NYT article on Burnout, from 4/30/21. While I agree with the content, these articles are too brief for a good understanding of burnout, and leave us with only a few actionable items. Given that this was an epidemic amongstContinue reading “LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT (PART 7) –PREVENTION”

THE PA BLUEPRINT: BOOK PREVIEW

Fellow PAs and other medical professionals: We are just about at the finish line and ready to publish “The PA Blueprint”, and below you see a brief preview of the PDF version. OPPORTUNITY: We are looking for medical professionals who are interested in a HUGE discount on “The PA Blueprint”, in exchange for a review.Continue reading “THE PA BLUEPRINT: BOOK PREVIEW”

“THE PA BLUEPRINT”: A CAREER-CHANGER, COMING SOON

As the saying doesn’t go: “When life hands you a pandemic and leaves you with a lot of time on your hands without the ability to do much, connect with a former student and write a book to improve your profession.” Well, I took that great advice that nobody has ever said, and ran withContinue reading ““THE PA BLUEPRINT”: A CAREER-CHANGER, COMING SOON”

LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 6

HOW CAN YOU TREAT BURNOUT? Unfortunately, there is no “secret sauce” or “silver bullet” to treat burnout. Just as unfortunate, if you sit back, feeling like a victim of your circumstances, waiting for your employer to swoop in and save you from this epidemic, it’s going to be a rough and disappointing ride. If youContinue reading “LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 6”

LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 5

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE BURNED OUT? Self-awareness is the best way to know if you are burned out, but you can also be deceived by the slow-burning nature of its effects.  In addition, it is easy to subjectively overstate your level of burnout, rendering self-reporting marginally reliable.  Sadly, some individuals will wearContinue reading “LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 5”

LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 4

WHAT CAUSES BURNOUT? Often overlooked, the mental conditioning from our “mini-medical school” training as PAs acts as a primer for future burnout.  Especially during our clinical rotations, we witness countless medical professionals who are burned out, and their work ethic and traits are silently absorbed by us impressionable PA students.  Although his work is primarilyContinue reading “LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 4”

LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 3

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 ofContinue reading “LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 3”

LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 2

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BURNOUT? Knowing the concept and definition of burnout is one thing, but it is more important to understand and recognize the common symptoms.  Unfortunately, it may be easier to recognize these symptoms in observing others, and you may have witnessed some extreme examples in professors, colleagues, preceptors or other medicalContinue reading “LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT PART 2”

LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT

WHAT IS BURNOUT? According to Christina Maslach, psychology professor and creator of the gold standard for burnout assessments (Maslach Burnout Inventory, or MBI): “Burnout is a psychological syndrome emerging as a prolonged response to chronic interpersonal stressors on the job. The three key dimensions of this response are an overwhelming exhaustion, feelings of cynicism andContinue reading “LEARN ‘N LEVERAGE: BURNOUT”