Before the pandemic, we had an epidemic of physician burnout, with many physicians caught in a cycle of exhaustion, cynicism, and loss of purpose. All the change and uncertainty the virus has brought certainly doesn’t help! It’s now more imperative than ever that physicians build resilience to all the pressures and stress of our careers.
In the decade I’ve worked as a physician coach, I’ve seen seven habits, thought patterns, and practices that distinguish those who can thrive despite pressure, and those who cannot. These seven are the difference between a fulfilling and purposeful career and burnout.