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The Art and the Calling
May 2002

Burnout and the Buddha

Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(5):587-588. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.5.587

Burnout. The word is peculiarly descriptive, its sound as discordant to the ear as its presence is to the spirit. It has become so prevalent in our profession, it now qualifies, along with surgical pearls and autoimmune diseases, as a topic for discussion in focus groups at American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meetings. Some of us might, in the wake of September 11, restructure our perspective on burnout; it seems a selfish emotion—who could be petty enough to express boredom or dissatisfaction with a lucrative career when our country is under attack? Tragedy of such magnitude dwarfs our discomfort, reducing it to so much whining.

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