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:

  1. Burnout is common among internal medicine residents and cardiologists. In one survey, burnout was reported by 38% of the cardiologists.
  2. Symptoms of professional burnout include loss of enthusiasm for work, feelings of cynicism, and a low sense of personal accomplishment.
  3. Burnout has been associated with poor patient care.
  4. Relaxation is vital for health and for preventing burnout.
  5. Physical activity can be an effective tool for relaxation as well as for preventing burnout.
  6. Reflection and regrouping are important for positively dealing with stress and preventing burnout.
  7. 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.

Clinical Topics: Prevention, Stress

Keywords: Burnout, Professional, Fellowships and Scholarships, Internal Medicine, Motor Activity, Patient Care, Primary Prevention, Time Management

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