Taking Care of Our Own

Physicians are people too; the UNC “Taking Care of Our Own” initiative

Meltzer-Brody, Samantha 2011
Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody
No one is immune to the effects of stressful life and work circumstances.  Resident physicians work long hours under high stress situations, are subject to sleep deprivation, and during extremely busy work hours, may even have difficulty finding time to manage basic bodily needs.  Add to that the burdens of trying to ease other people’s suffering, cope with sadness and loss, and calm patients' and families' fears, and the combination can lead to burnout syndrome or other manifestations of stress. Burnout syndrome is a growing problem among practicing physicians and is defined as a constellation of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and loss of perspective that work is meaningful. If you are struggling in some way with burnout syndrome or other issues, you aren’t alone and don’t need to suffer in silence.

Recognizing that our resident physicians may need help from time to time to cope with the challenges of this phase of their professional journey, Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, with the generous support of the Sanders Clinical Scholars Program, has developed a system to help.  Called the “Taking Care of Our Own” initiative, Dr. Meltzer-Brody has developed this program to provide resident education, confidential support, advice, and if needed, appropriate professional referral for individual mental or physical help that meets your needs. For information about scheduling an appointment or resident education programs, please contact Dr. Meltzer-Brody at meltzerb@med.unc.edu or 919-445-0215.

Resources:

The Widespread Problem of Doctor Burnout

Pauline W. Chen, MD
Well blog, New York Times
August 23, 2012

Physician burnout presents differently in male and female doctors
guest post by Dike Drummond, MD
KevinMD.com
February 27, 2012

The Physician Burnout Epidemic: What It Means for Patients and Reform
Elaine Schattner
The Atlantic
August 22, 2012

Physician Burnout: Preparing for a "Perfect Storm"
Straight A Review
Studer Group
February 2012