While physician burnout has been a concerning issue for a long time, rates of burnout and unhappiness amongst physicians have continued to worsen in the past year with the increased stress on healthcare providers and systems throughout the pandemic. Forty-two percent of physicians reported burnout at the end of 2020, so now it is as important as ever to reevaluate and refocus efforts to improve our systems of delivering care and look to ways to better support physicians. There may be a unique opportunity now to create change while there is an increased spotlight on health care providers and their value within communities, as well as it is a time that some healthcare systems are reimagining their models to a degree with the changing landscape of medicine in the past year.
At the WAFP, we have reconvened a wellbeing workgroup to identify member needs and work on providing additional relevant and useful resources for wellbeing. If you have any specific needs, or tools and resources that you’ve used and would like to share with your fellow members, please email them to us, and we would be happy to share. We’re all in this together and sharing your resources and experiences can have a significant positive impact on your colleagues.
We are also working on reorganizing and adding to the multimedia resources available on our website, which includes valuable information for both individuals and healthcare systems to promote physician wellbeing. We continue to evaluate ways to work with systems and legislators to promote health for patients and clinicians alike. Lastly, we will be looking at enhancing connection with and amongst our members. We’re always looking for new ways to bring our members together, so if you have a unique idea, are willing to host, or just want to participate, please let us know. If you are interested in joining the wellbeing workgroup or have ideas for us to consider, please contact Brandon.
Thank you all for your incredible work, and as always, please let us know the best ways to support you.
Elizabeth Pyne, MD