Burnout is relatively common among health care providers; estimates say 50%. Because of its long hours and demanding cases, treating patients is both physically and mentally exhausting. As long as clinicians recognize their vulnerability, they can take steps to avoid burnout. From reducing office hours to attending Caribbean retreats, there are many ways to combat fatigue. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of the most effective strategies rely on community-building among clinicians, as explained below.
Attending Peer Support Meetings
While you can certainly vent to loved ones about the challenges your practice brings, the only individuals who will truly understand what you’re going through are other providers. By attending peer support meetings, you’ll get the opportunity to work through some of your biggest stressors with others in your field. Whether you’re concerned about reducing turnover, negotiating with insurers, or attracting more patients, you’ll get to learn what kinds of strategies are working for others facing similar issues.
Collaborating With Other Clinicians
Physicians who run their own private practices are used to wearing many hats. Just because you’re capable of doing something on your own, however, doesn't necessarily mean you should.
Collaborating with others is one of the most effective ways to prevent burnout. Whether you’re attending a conference, going on a Caribbean retreat, or completing a continuing education course, remain open-minded about potential collaborations with other participants. You never know where you might meet another clinician who has been wanting to tackle the same project or training program that has been on your own mind.
To start building your health care network so you can combat burnout, turn to Metro Collaborate™. Based in Manhattan, they offer business coaching services and Caribbean retreats for clinicians and wellness leaders(villaserena.com). They also host six peer-to-peer dinners each year. At these intimate events, health care providers connect with others in the field so they can collaborate and get high-quality referrals. To learn more about their networking opportunities, visit their website. To reserve your spot on their next Caribbean retreat or at their next dinner, call (609) 876-9163.