Remedy for Burnout: 7 Prescriptions Doctors Use to Find Meaning in Medicine
Dr. Starla Fitch, author
A day in the life of a medical professional consists of ten plus hour days on your feet, countless rounds, critically ill and wounded patients, death, no time for food and/or bathroom breaks and a pager that goes off just when you are about to rest. Daily exhaustion and stress can lead you down a path questioning why you decided to join the medical profession in the first place. Three hundred doctors commit suicide every year and the suicide rate for women physicians is four times that of other women professionals. “Most doctors and health care providers went into this business with deep commitment and a true calling. If we lose that, we’re just robots and it’s a loss for the doctors and for the patients,” says Starla Fitch, MD, award-winning surgeon, speaker, certified life coach, creator of hugely popular www.lovemedicineagain.com and author of Remedy For Burnout: 7 Prescriptions Doctors Use To Find Meaning In Medicine. “Every day, doctors and other health professionals struggle with the constraints and demands of our healthcare system,” reveals Dr. Fitch, “and changes in our healthcare laws will only continue to ensure a rise in the number of patients seeking care.” In Remedy for Burnout, Dr. Fitch shares her own story of burnout and guides you through seven easily identifiable and workable “prescriptions” to get you back on the path to leading a purposeful life in medicine. Remedy for Burnout shares wisdom that can benefit all health care workers, from the nurses and technicians to the nurse practitioners and anesthetists. It will also help doctors-in-training push forward through the rigors of medical training with a strong purpose of why they chose this meaningful path. It also pulls back the curtain to let frustrated, weary patients see that doctors are human, too and can help them in their interactions/communications with their providers.