Michael McGee, MD, offers overwhelmed clinicians practical strategies for achieving clinical excellence.
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In our growing award-winning podcast series, Be Well, Practice Well, Michael McGee, MD, a Stanford- and Harvard-trained psychiatrist and author, shares how clinicians can provide better care for their patients by prioritizing their own mental health and offers practical strategies in clinical excellence for today’s overwhelmed clinician.
What Be Well, Practice Well is all about:
You may wonder why we are doing this podcast now? Well, prior to the COVID pandemic, almost half of practicing physicians in the US reported at least 1 symptom of burnout. In a more recent study on emotional exhaustion, which is just one dimension of burnout, a steady increase of emotional exhaustion was found among nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and clinical social workers, and while physicians’ emotional exhaustion initially dropped between 2019 and 2020, it recently took a sharp rebound.
Today, an average of 10% of psychiatrists report having suicidal thoughts and 24% of physicians report severe depression. Adding to burnout among psychiatrists and mental health professionals is the secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma they face almost daily. Rather than seeking help, too many clinicians are turning to sleep, isolation, and substance use, which can ultimately harm the treatment of their patients.
To heal others, clinicians need to first heal themselves.