Burnout During Cardiology Fellowship
- Waldo OA.
- The 3 “Rs”—Relax, Reflect, and Regroup: Avoiding Burnout During Cardiology Fellowship. J Am Coll Cardiol 2015;66:1303-1306.
The following are key points to remember about burnout during cardiology fellowship:
- Burnout is common among internal medicine residents and cardiologists. In one survey, burnout was reported by 38% of the cardiologists.
- Symptoms of professional burnout include loss of enthusiasm for work, feelings of cynicism, and a low sense of personal accomplishment.
- Burnout has been associated with poor patient care.
- Relaxation is vital for health and for preventing burnout.
- Physical activity can be an effective tool for relaxation as well as for preventing burnout.
- Reflection and regrouping are important for positively dealing with stress and preventing burnout.
- Dr. Waldo had the following suggestions about how to deal with stress in fellowship:
- Rely on your peers.
- Find fulfillment through work.
- Develop better time management skills.
- Seek a mentor.
- Know and accept your limitations.
- Develop and engage with your support system.
- Never be afraid to ask for help.
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