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Notes from Video

Types of Environmental Demand Challenges

  • Too many tasks – take more time than available
  • Tasks that added up are physically or mentally exhausting
  • Too complex or challenging, often without anyone to curbside for advice
  • High level of unpredictability

Methods for Resolving Burnout

  • Change environmental demands
    • Decrease the number of tasks: eliminate, avoid adding new ones
    • Simplify the tasks: for example, become more efficient at writing notes
    • Increase control and predictability: limit and negotiate
  • Change your capacities
    • Change your mindset: Accept that no one will be watching out for you. You must place your own limits around what you do and how you spend your time.
    • Increase your skills: note-writing, EMR navigation, negotiation, saying no, time management, managing patient encounters (increasing value of time spent with patients and their level of satisfaction)
    • De-emotionalize: Just Do It! without fretting about it

Until next time,

Dr. Jack


Today’s Quotes

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
– Bernard M. Baruch

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”
– Margaret Mead

“Omigosh—I’m a squash!”
– Dave Horowitz, The Ugly Pumpkin