You became a doctor because you care about people. You work hard and truly want to serve your patients and profession. But as a physician, you are subject to many stressors: overwork, cumbersome regulation, EMR and coding requirements, medical liability, on-call issues, lack of sleep, politics, and frustrations with the reimbursement structure. By practicing Yoga Science as mind/body medicine, you can transform stress into strength––improving your job satisfaction and work/life balance, while reducing burnout symptoms of anger, depression, anxiety and exhaustion.
According to the Mayo Clinic, job burnout is a special type of job stress — a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work. If you think you might be experiencing job burnout, take a closer look at the phenomenon. What you learn might help you face the problem and take action before job burnout affects your health.
Could you be experiencing job burnout? Ask yourself the following questions:
• Have you become cynical or critical at work?
• Have you lost your ability to care, empathize, and connect with your patients, staff and co-workers?
• Do you blame, shame or demonize the very people you are charged to care for – and feel guilty about it?
• Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started once you arrive?
• Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
• Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?
• Do you doubt that your work really makes any difference or question the quality of what you do?
• Do you feel disillusioned about your job and profession?
• Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel?
• Have your sleep habits or appetite changed?
• Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, backaches or other physical complaints?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be experiencing some form of job burnout.
When you change your perspective, you change your experience. AMI’s The Heart and Science of Yoga® program is uniquely designed to offer you a refreshingly new, clearer and kinder perspective on yourself and every personal and professional responsibility you face. Through engaging lectures by an accomplished faculty, instructive practicums and ongoing Q&A, you’ll gain experiential knowledge that will integrate Yoga Science into a dynamic self-care program. As a result of attending this conference, you’ll return home with a set of practical tools that can empower you to make conscious, discriminating and reliable choices to enhance your creativity, well-being, happiness and success.
The American Meditation Institute’s 30 CME The Heart and Science of Yoga® conference is uniquely designed to assist in preventing and relieving physician burnout. Practical self-care tools such as AMI Meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, one-pointed attention, Easy-Gentle Yoga and Ayurveda will be demonstrated and practiced at AMI’s Ninth Annual Mind/Body Medicine CME conference October 24-28, 2017 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.
By practicing Yoga Science as mind/body medicine, stress can be transformed into strength — improving job satisfaction and work/life balance, while reducing burnout symptoms of anger, depression, anxiety and exhaustion.
The American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study to determine how physician burnout differs from burnout in the general working population. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that compared with the general U.S. population, physicians worked a median of 10 hours more per week, displayed higher rates of emotional exhaustion and reported lower satisfaction with work-life balance. Though the general population does experience burnout, the changing state of the health care system is clearly driving the dramatic increases in physician burnout.
A 2017 AMA Medscape Lifestyle Report asked physicians from 27 medical specialties to grade the severity of their burnout on a scale of 1 to 7—one being that it does not interfere, and seven indicating thoughts of leaving medicine. All but one specialty chose a level four or higher. Emergency Medicine was most affected––with nearly 60 percent saying they feel burned out (up from half in 2013). More than 14,000 physicians surveyed named the following four concerns as the top causes of burnout: too many bureaucratic tasks, spending too many hours at work, feeling like just a cog in a wheel, increased computerization of practice.
A recent time-motion study of physicians over an extended period of time concluded that for every hour of clinical work, physicians spent 2 hours on clerical work or electronic health record (EHR)-related tasks.
Don’t wait for the health care system to be “fixed.” The benefits realized from a daily meditation practice can begin immediately — including lower stress levels, improved cognitive functioning, greater clarity and an increase in creativity and empathy.
In 2007, AMI conducted a retrospective case study of participants who completed Leonard Perlmutter’s Heart and Science of Yoga® course. The findings included these positive, reproducible, long-term health-promoting changes: