Physician burnout is a real struggle that many doctors face across the country. Although working as a doctor is a dream come true for many physicians, a satisfying career in the medical field comes with insurmountable stress. The difference between physician burnout and stress is the ability to recover during your time off. If you find yourself increasingly unable to recharge, or if you begin to feel the snowball effect associated with high levels of stress, beware that this is the beginning of a downward spiral. Emotional and physical exhaustion, depression, and emotional distance with patients and loved ones are just some of the effects.
Locum tenens tends to be a great solution for physicians who want to take a step back and recharge while still working, or even for physicians who no longer want to feel weighed down by the responsibilities of a full time hospital job. Locums offers a lot of the pros of medicine but without the cons that lead to physician burnout. No more overflowing paperwork, a lot more time with patients and lucrative pay.
In 2015, 47% of physicians reported they had experienced physicians burn out. Most burnout is associated with the distanced and depersonalization of patients while systems use the feeling of accomplishment as a metric to measure burnout. A physician’s job is stressful, there’s no doubt about that. But having the opportunity to take some of your time back, enough time to maintain your clinical skillset while still maintain the career that is your calling, that is what a locum tenens agency like Mint Physician Staffing can offer.
If you are ready to take control of your work schedule, contact us. We can help you choose the shifts you want, whenever you want!
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