“We have an epidemic of burnout in our ranks,” President and CEO John Noseworthy, MD, said at the Becker’s Hospital Review 7th Annual Meeting in Chicago. Mayo Clinic decided to approach burnout with research, resources and ingenuity. In 2007, it founded a systemwide program on physician well-being. Among other solutions, researchers conducted two randomized trials that showed eating a meal together enhances physicians’ sense of meaning, reduces burnout and helps create a sense of community in the workplace. Armed with this finding, Mayo Clinic kicked off a systemwide program in which physicians venture off the medical campus and dine together. All 4,100 physicians and scientists can participate, and Mayo Clinic picks up the check. Is your health system facing physiciani burnout? How are you responding?
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