Source: Physician’s Life Online E-Zine Dealing with Burnout
Dr. Gaillour was interviewed for Physician’s Life online magazine on the topic of physician burnout. Her response to the question of how physicians can deal with burnout were surprising:
Dr. Gaillour: Let me first say that I don’t like the term “burnout.” It’s a pessimistic, throw-in-the-towel kind of term. I’d rather talk about fulfillment. Rather than say “How do you cure burnout?” ask “How do you feel more fulfilled and get yourself closer to joy?” Every physician I’ve coached is still very hopeful about creating a more fulfilling situation for themselves.
Many physicians were called to medicine by a soul-driven desire to be of service, and they find they are not as content as they were when they started on their journey. But it doesn’t mean they have to chuck it all. I think leaving clinical practice for most physicians is the wrong decision. Often the lack of fulfillment has little to do with patient load.
There are opportunities to become fully joyful. I categorize those opportunities in three areas. Depending on the physician, it may be just one of these areas where a change is more impactful.