Burnout and Wellness Strategies Used by Academic Physiatry Programs: An Analysis and Perspective From the AAP Chairs Council

David P. Steinberg, Keturah R. Faurot, Karla L. Thompson, Joshua J. Alexander, Diane W. Braza, Sara Cuccurullo, Joseph Herrera, James Sliwa, Lyn Weiss

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Abstract

Physiatrists are at elevated risk of burnout, a work-related exhaustion syndrome resulting from chronic stress associated with emotionally draining work demands. The high reported rate of burnout in physical medicine and rehabilitation led the Association of Academic Physiatrists Chair Council to convene a workgroup to address burnout among academic physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. The council recognizes that leaders of departments are accountable for all organizational stakeholders, including faculty, trainees, and staff. Department leaders are expected to understand and effectively manage the drivers of burnout among stakeholders. The workgroup identified several opportunities, including identifying and disseminating effective burnout mitigation across US academic medical center physical medicine and rehabilitation programs. As a result, in 2019, a work group conducted a survey of US academic physical medicine and rehabilitation program leaders to ascertain the use of strategies for reducing physician burnout. With the aim of identifying, educating, and advancing the development of effective interventions to address burnout among academic physical medicine and rehabilitation departments, the Association of Academic Physiatrists Chair Council advocates for increased education and utilization of effective strategies aimed at promoting physician well-being across organizational levels (national, organizational, work unit, and individual).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-735
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume102
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Occupational Health
  • PM&R
  • Physician Wellness
  • Professional Burnout
  • Psychological Well-being

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