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Dr. Jonas does not like the term “burnout” because it places the onus on the physician, when the problem is really the healthcare system. She sees the current challenge as a mismatch between the professional demands of a career in medicine and the capacity to meet those demands, day-in and day-out over the course of many years.

There are many reasons for this. The supply and demand mismatch among rheumatologists is just one significant cause of stress, says Dr. Jonas. “There is an increased demand for rheumatology services, and a  well-defined work force shortage.”

To learn more about the key sources of stress and potential opportunities to address these issues, access her interview here.