Dr. Joy Albuquerque, Ontario Medical Association, Toronto, ON

Burnout is a serious issue in healthcare impacting all members of the healthcare team and has received even more concern with the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will review the syndrome of burnout in the context of physician health including some reflections on what we have learned from the pandemic. The impact of burnout on physicians correlates with personal and professional outcomes. Burnout is seen increasingly as a systems issue, a cultural issue associated with transformative changes in the delivery of healthcare, organizational strains and rising professional expectations. Yet there is reason to be optimistic for change, which includes wellness programs and initiatives to address engagement and satisfaction of healthcare providers while improving the bottom line, patient care. The hope is that participants will become more aware of personal stressors that may impact their health and well-being and be encouraged to use tools and consider skills discussed in this session.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify drivers of physician burnout and potential consequences;
  • Differentiate between the responsibilities of the healthcare system and those of the individual with regard to burnout; and
  • List several factors relevant to a personal resiliency strategy.

CanMEDs Competencies addressed:
Health Advocate, Professional