Resident Burnout

Posted by • December 1st, 2016

This podcast is the second in a series that reflects medicine’s most pressing issues through the eyes of residents. “The House” provides residents with a forum to share their stories from the bedside, where they are learning far more than the lessons of clinical medicine.

Lisa Rosenbaum is a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and National Correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dan Weisberg is a resident in Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

One Response to “Resident Burnout”

  1. GW says:

    The practice of medicine has become much more cumbersome and draining than it was when Dr. Samuels did his training, and he does everyone a disservice by being dismissive of the problem without understanding the situation.

    Documentation requirements have increased the amount of work to create a note. Patient expectations have increased, and they freely question or criticize their doctors. Medical advancements have led to more aggressive treatment of everything in general, raising the stakes. Add to this the pressures of being a resident, impressing your attendings, trying to learn while working, and there are plenty of reasons for residents and non-resident physicians to burn out.

    Dr. Samuels is basically gaslighting the victims by suggesting their problems are all imagined.