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August 2018

Is the Cognitive Cardiologist Obsolete?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk
  • 2Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, Virginia
JAMA Cardiol. 2018;3(8):673-674. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2018.1423

Current practice conditions are creating an existential threat for the cognitive cardiologist, and the resulting anxiety is contributing to physician burnout. Burnout, the emotional exhaustion that comes from a loss of meaning and purpose, affects more than half of physicians, according to recent surveys.1 This in turn affects patient safety and has substantial economic costs.