Physician Burnout: The 57-Second Solution

Burnout is a complete mental and physical collapse from overwork. Psychiatrists define it as “a job-related dysphoria in an individual without major psychopathy.” Which means—your job sucks. You’re normal.

When your job is sucking the life out of you, deep breathing won’t save you. Mindfulness is not the solution. Emancipation is. Burnout is a diagnosis of oppression that blames you, not the perpetrator. You’re just not fast enough, smart enough, dedicated enough.

Guess what? It’s not your fault.

Remove the smokescreen. You’re a healer not a factory worker. I walked away from churn-and-burn medicine to be a real doctor. Follow me. And be free.

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Pamela Wible, M.D., has helped hundreds of physicians reclaim their happiness and their careers. She has been named the 2015 Women Leader in Medicine for her work on medical student and physician suicide prevention.

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8 comments on “Physician Burnout: The 57-Second Solution
  1. Fay M.D. says:

    Hi Pamela.

    Physician burn out is caused by (A) The Medical System/Employer demands and not (B) Inadequate/Defective Physicians.

    Physicians are branded inadequate or defective due to the Medical system or Employer demands. They are restricted by the system and can’t perform their true calling, which is to be a healer, due to restrictions and over demand of employers. Physicians are not super heroes, but i wish we were. We need to eat, rest, sleep, and time to compose ourselves before a toxic encounter with patients. We need a work-home balance in order for us physicians to have a balanced mind and body.

    I wish most of the physicians would speak up but we just suffer in silence. We blame ourselves for our inadequacy to perform our job well.

    I know we are victims here too. I just hope that patients would understand physicians when we are not on top of our game. We are trying our best, but when our situations go to the extreme then we have to protect ourselves too.

    • Pamela Wible MD says:

      More doctors need to stand up for their human rights. There is no way we can care for patients if we are willing to be abused. Doctor means teacher. We should teach by example by being healthy and demanding humane working conditions. Anything less is not health care.

  2. Robert Talac says:

    I think answer is A.

  3. Anease Brooken MD says:

    “your job is sucking the life out of you”- yes, that’s a great definition. I want to be “real doctor” one day too! That’s why the ideal medicine page is among my bookmarked pages- for the day I can enter that wonderful world.

  4. Jennifer Zomnir says:

    Churn-and-burn medicine – so true. Definitely not sustainable. Thanks again, Pamela, for all your wisdom.

  5. Elias Anaissie says:

    A. Corporate medicine is the cause.

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