No Mission, No Engagement.
J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Oct;16(10):1504-1505. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2019.04.012. Epub 2019 May 16.
Fishman EK, Chu LC, Rowe SP.
There has been a great deal written recently about the lack of physician engagement 1, 2, 3 as well as physician burnout 4, 5, 6, 7. These topics should not be taken lightly, because it seems that on an almost weekly basis, we read a tragic story in the newspaper about a physician whose life came to an untimely end. However, we should also not ignore how this may dovetail with other trends and changes happening within academic radiology. We are assured that most institutions are addressing the issue, although perhaps the difficulty is that we are not exactly sure what the issue is. Numerous causes have been pointed to for radiologist burnout, including compensation, increased workload, and multiple other aspects of the practice or work environment . However, for us, the cause is not obviously one of money, because most physicians are well paid in the grand scheme of things. The problem does not seem to be working hours, because most physicians seem to be working more controlled hours now than ever before. Perhaps there is a simpler question, or a more naive one, that no one seems to want to ask: Is the reason people get burned out or disenchanted because they have not come to realize, or have not been appropriately guided to discovery of, what the mission of their job is?
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