Nearly 40% of Michigan Physicians Experience Burnout: Report

Around 38% of physicians in Michigan experience burnout, according to Medscape’s Best & Worst Place to Practice 2018 report.

Medscape defines burnout as “a feeling of physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion, as well as frustration and cynicism related to work; and doubts about your competence and the value of your work."

On the high end of the spectrum, as much as 50% of physicians report feeling burned out in Idaho, Delaware, Kentucky, and New Hampshire; while as little as 30% of physicians experience burn out in Utah, Alaska, Nebraska, and Montana.

MAFP President Loretta Leja, MD (Cheboygan) offers advice on combating burnout in her “President’s Message” column featured in the spring 2018 issue of Michigan Family Physician (MFP).

“Through my role as MAFP President, I have had the honor of attending gatherings of Family Physicians around the country. More often than not, physician burnout has been a topic of discussion at many of these meetings, and some viable solutions have been presented. While most of the remedies are not easy fixes, they are accomplishable, and I share them with you as you consider your own approach to preserving your personal wellness,” writes Dr. Leja, who suggests taking the Maslach Burount Inventory as a starting point.  

If you haven’t had the opportunity to read “Combating Burnout: Not One-Size-Fits-All,” and other informative MFP articles on new state laws and regulations impacting prescribing practices in Michigan and understanding the RUC, as well as learning about the upcoming 2018 Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo in the magazine’s special insert, click here (MAFP username and password required).

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